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When I read this book, I felt as though I was an utter failure as a woman, wife, mother, and teacher. I simply cannot schedule every second of my life, and I certainly do not wish to do the same for my children. While I understand the need for order, "assigning" every minute of the day is more than I am capable of doing. This might work for a very left brained person, but for this right brained poet/musician/etc. it is a concept that does not work with the way I work. As I read the book, I kept feeling that I was somehow not pleasing God because I was not scheduling my life properly. I think that the Maxwells did not plan for "Be still, and know that I am God" in their scheduling book.
I am glad to hear that it works for them. I think that some of the material in the front of the book is good, as it goes into why schedules are important. But there are many kind of schedules, including block schedules, and the schedule promoted by this book is too restrictive and controlling. Sure, I can do it on paper - I did it -and if I were planning a schedule for someone else this would be a great way to do it. But trying to actually implement the stringent schedule stifled my thought processes and took the joy out of the day. I will admit it was pretty good for a one week "home summer camp" session that we did. I used the tips in the book to schedule our "camp activities" and it helped us get "back on track" during the day. But we ended up missing out on things because it wasn't "time" for them.Read more ›
This was a humongous help for our family of 7! The book is well written, easy to follow and includes personal experiences from real families just like yours and mine who struggled through a new schedule. It was invaluable to read these families' accounts and see the examples from their everyday issues - some we could relate to and others we could not. I also enjoyed seeing all of the various schedule and chore chart examples in the appendix at the back of the book. We used that to reference families similar to our own when creating a master family schedule! It was very helpful.
The book meets a real need in families of any size - who want to homeschool and be organized. If you are looking for a way to add hours to your day and not stress yourself out [once you get it all nailed down!] and to get EVERYTHING done in a day that you need/want to, then this is the book for you. If, however, you'd prefer to just fly by the seat of your pants and wing your days, then this is clearly not the book for you. We found no condemnation nor "do it as we do it or else" because the Maxwells make that clear in this book, many times, that they are merely helping families set goals and actually be able to reach them. This must be why they talk so much about praying over it all as you get started with your Schedule Kit.
So what is the very basic gist of this book and kit?
*Consider all that you wish to and need to get done in a day *Talk about it with your spouse until you both have adequate input *Pray about it all *Write out your list of things to be done and approx.Read more ›
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