Good Habits Make A Difference – Part 2

Good Habits Make a Difference @harmonyfinearts


Recently, I wrote an entry sharing four of the habits that I thought gave our family a good foundation.
1. Keeping the habit of getting up on time.
2. Encouraging the habit of completing chores on time and with cheerfulness.
3. Growing the habit of starting each school day with a scriptural thought.
4. Perfecting the habit of planning ahead.
You can read more about the details HERE .
I thought I might continue my list of habits that have helped us to have “smooth and easy” homeschool days. How about four more habits?

5 9 11 Walking trail
Daily walk with our dog….We have several different spots to walk but this one is really close to home so it is very familiar.

1. Getting outdoors everyday. Can a few minutes outside really make that much of a difference in how your day goes? Absolutely. Once you establish this habit you will crave a few minutes outside even when the weather is not comfortable. Fresh air, room to move, time to look up at the sky, and a little diversion become like streams of water to a parched landscape. You can read more of my thoughts on nature study and the benefits HERE. Charlotte Mason volume 1 page 44

Van gogh oil pastel project
Mr. B is still working his way through different media and Van Gogh….this time oil pastels.

2. Keeping a balance between academic and more hands-on sorts of activities for my busy boys. Even as teens, this is an important habit. We allow the boys to complete academics at any place they wish, inside or outside. Then I try to build into each day a certain amount of “hands-on” time activities to balance the intense reading and writing they have assigned. Art appreciation, composer study, nature study, robotics, P.E. time, and other more active courses are sprinkled throughout the day. Charlotte Mason volume 1 page 142

Notebook Pages in Binder
Mr. B is completing many of’s Ancient History pages for his note taking.

3. Building organizational tools into our homeschool day: 3-ring binders and notebook pages. Written narrations of all kinds are worthy of keeping: notebook pages, maps, drawings, art copywork, and other projects can be easily stored in binders or spiral-bound for future reference. I am still working on instilling the habit of filing papers as soon as they are finished into the appropriate binder after we have met together and shared every single page.

Boys on Sentinel Dome
Just a fun photo from a few years ago….time flies and the boys have really grown up.  Sentinel Dome, Yosemite National Park

4. Giving our full attention to schoolwork and each other. This is a habit that can start with young children, giving them short lessons to hold their attention. In our family, as the boys have matured, I have tried to schedule enough work for them to keep busy but not allow time for dawdling or repetition of reading. Reading once with full attention is a valuable skill and worthy of our energy. My boys read their assignment and then are required to give an oral or written narration. (We use notebook pages for most of the written narrations. You can read more about notebooking in high school HERE.) Charlotte Mason volume 1 page 145

This post is going to be part of the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival next week on habits.  If you are interested in reading more about our Charlotte Mason high school, you can click over and read HERE.

(I had to repost this entry after Blogger lost it in their maintenance trouble last week.)

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