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The ABC's (and D's and E's) of Our Homeschool Success ~ "D"rawing Sticks {Homeschool Essentials Blog Hop}

We are already on Day 4 of the Schoolhouse Review Crew's Homeschooling Essentials Blog Hop. I hope that you have picked up some good tips for essentials that might make your homeschooling experience a little more pleasant. In reading some of the other participants' posts, I know I have!

Our essential item today is a big one for us! Last year we would start at the top of our planner page and work our way down. But Eli doesn't like spelling or any kind of writing, so I noticed that he started to stress about about them when we were doing subjects that he did like. And then I noticed Brynne start saying, "Oh no! Math is coming up!" We couldn't even concentrate on the subject we were on for the anticipation of less-desired subjects that were next on our list.

So we stared "D"rawing Sticks.

I just took a simple mason jar and attached a little ribbon around it. I used large craft sticks and wrote each of our subjects on them. We start each morning with our Bible lesson. Then on Mondays and Wednesdays Brynne gets to draw the first stick to see which subject we are doing next. On Tuesdays and Thursdays Eli gets to draw first. Since our Fridays are little different, I usually write down our lessons on small slips of paper and the kids play "rock, paper, scissors" to see who gets to draw first.

After the first stick is drawn and that subject completed, the other child draws the next stick, and so on, until our day is complete. I am not going to lie and say that I don't still hear things like, "Shoot, I chose Math!" or "Please don't be Spelling, please don't be Spelling …", but at least while we are working our on current subject there is less stressing, because …

What are the A's, B's and C's of our homeschooling success?

"A" Plan
"B"oard .. white board

You should also take some time to see what the other 88 Crew Members posting in the Homeschooling Essentials Blog Hop find as being necessary in their schooling. I especially encourage you to visit some of my friends: Laura @ Day by Day in Our World, Julie @ Nurturing Learning, Lisa @ Farm Fresh Adventures, DaLynn @ For the Display of His Splendor, Lori @ At Home: where life happens, Adriana @ Homeschool Ways, Brandy @ Kingdom Academy Homeschool, Meg @ Adventures with Jude, Sarah @ Delivering Grace.


  1. This is an absolutely great idea! What an awesome way to break up the routine!

  2. Great idea. I can see how this helped a lot.


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