Taming the Chaos ~ List Power

Many of us know the satisfaction of ticking things off a list. It can be helpful to have the a nice, concrete, summary of our “to do” tasks that we mark off as we complete each item. It’s helpful in planning our day and also provides instant, visual feedback of what we’ve done. Even though we as moms benefit from list-making, we may overlook the potential for our children to reap the same benefits. Because children are often even more concrete and visual than we adults are, lists can be a helpful tool for them.

Kristen Chase, a contributor over at Pioneer Woman Homeschooling, discovered the untapped power of written assignment lists for her daughter: Hop over to read her post about the Power of the List.

We utilize a variety of lists in our homeschool, primarily the assignment sheet form which I’ve shared here previously. I made our forms in Excel, but you can make them with a word processor or utilize online resources. DonnaYoung.Org has a wealth of forms for lesson planning and other homeschool needs. Homeschool Tracker also has excellent lesson plan sheets that will fill in your customized plans, and planners such as The Schoolhouse Planner provide great options. The simple pencil and paper works too! (It was my list of choice for many years before our web of students and subjects became more complicated.)

Do you provide lists or written assignment sheets for your children to check off?

(Article cross-posted from my column on the HomeschoolBlogger Front Porch.)

~Domestic Chaos tamer and homeschool mom of 5, Dell writes about home, heart and hearth.~

Taming the Chaos: Dell

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