20 years of researching has led me to the conclusion that you can homestead on truly any size property. You just have to have GREAT organizational skills on smaller properties to streamline what you want to accomplish. Here is a link to homesteading.com and 15 homesteading ideas for your property. https://homesteading.com/homestead-farm-design-ideas/
Living with a larger family full of kids and critters and homeschooling the whole crew, a house can get in disarray and fast.
Here is an age-appropriate chore chart to help get you back on task. We recently re-implemented this with even our older kids as a reminder of what we can all work on together. (We did not add any pet or farm responsibilities here.
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We are always coming up with new things to do with 8 kids… mixing it up a bit. Last night, I wrote all of their chores for the next day on the sliding glass door,….. It worked. Something different that our normal chore chart and it kept the kids interested and working hard on their morning chores…. Afternoon is free for fun (Only a few more days before my public school kids go back to their classrooms… and a week before my homeschooled kids get started on their work.)
Try to mix it up every once in a while… A white board marker works GREAT to write on a window…. I recommen Red or black however as they are easier to see!
These markers also work on mirrors to leave love notes or notes of encouragement!!!
Making chalkboard clipboards are very easy and they are usable over and over again. They are great for “in the car” activities, traveling, and chore charts for the wall. Our family uses them for all 3. We are making new ones today for the missing one and for our 2 new boys as well.
We have been using the same clipboards for 3 years – Here is the original post: http://scrapwarrior.com/blog/2010/07/03/chore-charts-on-our-wall
You will need the following:
- wooden clipboards (These are sold at walmart or kmart or target for less than $2 each),
- bottle of spray paint (chalkboard) – I found this at our local Ace Hardware
- blue painter’s tape
- Foam stamps and paint
- matching ribbon
Blue tape the “Metal Hinge” and spray paint the entire front of the board. After 24 hours, remove the tape carefully. Stamp your child’s name on the board and tie matching ribbon at different lengths on the hinge.
Keeping 7 kids organized is a task in itself. I am often asked how can I manage to get all kids where they need to go. I have a calendar… actually I have MANY calendars. I have an online calendar that my husband can access through google. This allows him to post to the calendar and it emails me when he does. I have a paper calendar that I carry. I seem to like that one better than the online one. And I have a new one just for kids.
This is a removable vinyl whiteboard that is sticky on the back. This allows me to write a schedule for all of the kiddlings to see. Breckin gets many anxiety issues with not knowing a schedule and routines are very important to Berlyn. Since they are both reading now (at least Berlyn can read his name), they can both check each day and know exactly what is going on (or at least that something is going on that day) without coming to mom to check. The kids get so excited to see their names on the calendar for an activity. I tend to write them in color code as well (That reminds me to pick up some new white board pens while everything is on sale)
Having many calendars can often times be a problem if they are not “sync-ed”. Every morning before I get kids up and going, I check my emails and check all 3 calendars just to make sure that they all match for that day and the week. Then, I adjust as needed.
So, no matter how much I don’t want to go someplace, I still can’t use the excuse that I didn’t know about it… it is bound to be on one and then all 3 calendars here at our house. … Getting there on time? That is a totally different matter. 😉
We have had SO many views of our POINTS AWARD SYSTEM (Click here to see information on this) that I wanted to share another system that we have been using this summer in our home.
Quarter Reward System
Every time a child in our home is disrespectful or mean to another (and mom or dad hears or sees this happening) then that child owes the other a quarter. If they backtalk mom, mom gets a quarter. Mom can hand out quarters to any kid who is going above and beyond – doing a chore without asking, being extra nice, etc.
If a child runs out of quarters in the month, then, they will have to do an extra chore for each time that they act out.
One the first of the next month, the child will get to keep ALL quarters that they have in their jar to save or spend… And mom starts over with a new roll of quarters.
This has worked AWESOME with our new little boys… They do NOT want extra chores and LOVE to help extra around the house to earn quarters.
I don’t know about the rest of you but mom’s office and mom and dad’s bedroom seem to be the place that most items are thrown when a kid is “cleaning” up. I have been getting really tired of picking up scout clothes and the kids not being able to find their dance shoes when they need to… or even my photo props not being in the right place when I need them. Having 7 little “helpers” (and I do use that lightly) sometimes makes for 7 little tornadoes in my house.
I found some locking 15liter containers on sale and began filling them for the top of my closet.I used my cricut machine and cut permanent vinyl for the sides. Now, the labels are sure NOT to come off either. Vinyl is a wonderful and magical thing. I picked up some permanent outdoor vinyl (and some wall vinyl on a different day) from Pick You Plum. LOVE THAT DAILY DEAL SITE.
In my goal to conquer the kid clutter, I have in fact, found a solution in my house to make getting ready for activities faster because I am not wasting time to find that neckerchief for one of the many scouts that I do have! And as you can see, bathing suits got a box as well… SO MUCH EASIER to get the 4 littles into their suits and everyone can find them, because mom stashed them!!