Originally Posted by thewaggonerfamily
Talk to me more about your MOTH schedule. I know the basics of it, but am too cheap to buy it. I guess what I want to know is specifically what they like and how you implement it, and how it works with MM. Also what are the ages of your kinder?
Good morning. MOTH is basically scheduling every half hour of the day for every person (except dad, usually) in the house. You can certainly have 15 in blocks and hour or two hour blocks (like for naps) but most of the day is broken into 30 minute blocks. The kids like to know that they are going to have time on the computer. They like to know what comes next in the day. If I get off the schedule or someone misses their computer because we are out of the house, I hear about it.
I made the schedule in Excel because I have borrowed the book from a friend and I didn't have the work sheets. I started by listing everything we needed to accomplish in a day - homeschool (math, reading and character studies for the summer), chores, free time, meals. So then I started by plugging in the meals, and their cleanup. Then naps. After that I just started working through the list. I knew I wanted a big chunk of free outdoor play in the afternoon. So my mornings became full of schoolwork and computer time.
I work MM in by assigning those jobs at chore time at 4PM. Or for misbehavior during the day. Anything that doesn't get done, is left or I do when preparing a meal or bathing children.
One thing I was not doing before MOTH was reading to the children before bed. I really wanted to work that into our lives. I have been able to do that now and bedtime runs a lot smoother.
My children are 8, 7, 5, 3, 1.5 years. I am teaching (in the fall) grade 4, 3, and Kindergarten.
Like any system, Momma has to work the system. MOTH won't run itself, like I'd hoped. Having the schedule up on the wall (I printed it large enough to cover 4 regular sheets of paper and taped them together.) keeps me honest and the kids are learning to check the schedule to know what's coming next.
I wish that I could have scheduled myself more computer time, but at this time in our lives I don't have the time to get things done and sit here.