So here it is, the Wilcox plan:
First the kids get up and we all wash up.
Then it is downstairs for scripture study. (I'll have to post about that another day)
Then it is back to getting ready for school with the help of this handy dandy chart!
Emily has always needed a little extra help in the getting dressed department. She can spend an hour starring at her closet wondering what to wear. So I came up with this little flip book to help her decide.
We had a fashion show where she tried on every piece of clothes except play clothes that I don't let her wear to school. Then I made a section in the book with whole outfits that I bought to go together. There is a section of shirts and a section for bottoms. She can flip around and try different combinations until she finds what she wants to wear and then can go and get all the "pieces" that are in the picture that she needs.
When they are done with their chart Chase is off to school and Emily has a very convenient extra 30 minutes. This is the perfect time to do her piano practice. I haven't had a single complaint out of her yet. I know we are still in the "honeymoon" phase of her just starting. I sit down and do it with her. I think the trade off of working for getting some one on one time with me is the trick here. Then off she goes.
When the kids come home they have until 6:00 to play with friends either outside, in the house, on play dates or in the park. At 6:00 I call them in and we have dinner, do homework, read from what ever book we are reading in and then the kids pull sticks, without looking, for chores. There are three free sticks in the bunch and they are always hopeful that one of their two chores or maybe even both will be free-bees. But I think they also like the change everyday, instead of doing the same old chore everyday.
After all of that if they have extra time they can do whatever they want until bedtime.
Bed time is a 8:00 and then much to my relief the day is over!!!
And so far it is working well...