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Managers of Their Homes: A Practical Guide to Daily Scheduling for Christian Homeschool Families Ring-bound – 2000

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Product Details

  • Ring-bound: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Communication Concepts, Inc (2000)
  • ISBN-10: 0966910702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966910704
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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94 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Karissa Mallory on February 25, 2008
Format: Ring-bound
For those looking for help organizing your homeschool day(or non-homeschool day), don't let the other reviews scare you. They are washed down with a lot of opinions and personal views of raising children (babies mostly). That's unfortunate because this book can really be a tremendous help organizing chaos or just simply helping you get more done in a day than you otherwise would. Keep in mind the book is not called: Schedule Your Baby. That is one teeny part of the book and can be easily overlooked as you see fit (and it's certainly not the first book that suggests the idea!)
Whether or not you are the type of person that can sit down and tackle the cutting and sticky tacking the little stips of paper used on the main chart is a personal choice. My mother uses this system, but never actually cut them out. (She only has one homeschool child.) I did. It was a long process, but worth the effort. I can move only a couple squares around as need be. I think I adjusted it 3 times the first week before we had a great working schedule. This in now the second full year I've used it and will continue using it every school year until my kids are gone because it really works!

I do not use the summer schedule at all because I love summers off! But you can if you prefer and there are examples of summer schedules included. I also should mention here that there are lots of sample schedules for the regular school year as well. Each schedule shows the # of children and their ages which is helpful in finding a family that is similar to yours. I found them really helpful and fun to read. They gave me ideas and helped me see how other people do things at their house.
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90 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Amber Kelley on June 26, 2008
Format: Ring-bound
I have to agree with several other reviewers here. This book is a lot of hype for the $$. The most flattering thing I can say about it is that it's very well marketed (which is why it retails for so much). Several 'high profile' homeschooling websites and moms with large families have endorsed it. Their endorsements aside it's really not that spectacular.

In their defense, it's not as bad as some other reviewers have made it sound. The book recognize the need for some flexibility, differences of opinion about scheduling babies, and how to deal with challenges and interruptions (almost 10 pages on this!). It just doesn't focus on it.

I didn't see "a lot of good ideas for keeping little ones occupied". They don't offer ideas on different ways to keep them busy - they just say to do it in general (i.e. "give them crafts" but not any specific activities). This isn't an indictment - the book is about scheduling not crafts or children's activities. I just wanted to clarify what some other reviewers have said about 'lots of good ideas'.

The information presented is pretty basic - create a comprehensive list of family activities, figure out how much time everyone needs to do each activity, then put it in a grid. (In this case it's post-it notes on several legal sheets). As others have said; the same results can be achieved using spreadsheets.

EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL - My biggest beef is that there really is alot of "Fluff" - yes it's inspirational but not worth the extra cost. The book is a total of 180 pages(8.5 x 11), 17 chapters - Each chapter is preceded by a full page letter praising the book and how it's changed the writers life (that's 17 pages). 3" at the side of nearly every page is also dedicated to testimonials; that's another 1/3 of the book.
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214 of 251 people found the following review helpful By Kelly VINE VOICE on November 4, 2005
Format: Ring-bound
I am a homeschooling mom of 4 [so far]and I got this book because I felt like our family would benefit from a schedule to help us get everything done we have to do in the average day.

There were some good ideas in the book. The idea to schedule the older children to have playtimes with the younger children while mom is making dinner or teaching another child is something I had never thought of but I think it might make a big difference. I also agreed with what the author said about order being important in running a Godly household. She has some good information on how to manage chores and teaching children how to handle their chores.

But there were some really bad ideas in the book too. Her ideas on infant training and only feeding a newborn baby every 3-4 hours [6 feeds a day she had scheduled] are just scary. She says she never had problems with supply or sick babies, but I work in a hospital in the mother/baby area and we see a lot of babies on a 3 hour schedule that come in with failure to thrive or even die. 4 hours between feeds for a 2 week old [which is what she does to try to encourage a longer afternoon nap!] is just plain dangerous - a lot of babies would literally die on that kind of schedule. I did like the idea of scheduling the baby's day and nap times and such, but the breastfeeding advice was scary in my opinion.

I also thought she was a little over the top on how to create the schedule - while I did [and do] pray about my schedule, I just couldn't imagine taking a week or two or three of just praying about it before I even start trying to do it. The idea of every single year spending an entire day away with my husband just to discuss the schedule also struck me as a little... um... odd.
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