The Rhythm of Our Days – or – The Loveliness of ical

I have posted before of my frustration with iCal. I just could not intuit how to use it…at all…

…until now!

Oh, what a joyful day. Blissful even. Sweet, sweet software of my dreams!

I have, in one afternoon, mapped out my lesson plans for the first of three terms for my schoolyear. I’ll add in a few details throughout the year, but I’ve planned out on ical enough to finally map out a joyful rhythm full of beauty and order.

Anyone who plans with a Charlotte Mason mindset knows what a joy it is to plan out the year. Anyone who has a mac knows what a joy it is to merge mac-niftiness with lesson planning. Insert giddy emoticon here… 🙂

I thought I’d put up a link to my Monday Rhythm and the Rhythm of our Fine Arts Fridays.

The following is just our routine – and it is a guide.  We are not imprisoned by this guide! There are lesson blocks attached to times, but this is meant to ebb and flow with life. There is no way to schedule an explosive diaper between 9 and 9:15, or a delicious morning indulgence of picture books on hummingbirds and Tasha Tudor on October 4.

I have built a lot of margin into my days as well. Charlotte Mason suggests short lessons, but most of my lesson blocks are set up in hour long increments. This is specifically to accomodate interruptions and the ebb and flow of life.

Rhythm of a Monday
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Rhythm of a Fine Arts Friday
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  1. Amazing! I, like you felt before, have not quite figured out iCal but you give me hope! I love the “block” ideas. That gives you extra time for interruptions, rabbit trails, distractions, disciplining, etc.

  2. That’s so amazing! I was so proud of myself when I made my schedule for next year, but then my mom said to look at your blog and see your schedule…………Now I feel sick…Grace

  3. Oops, I didn’t mean it to sound so mean! Just imagine the smiley face that should have been at the end of the previous comment 🙂

  4. You didn’t sound mean at all Grace! 🙂Glad you all liked it and I hope it will offer some ideas and a little glimpse into our days and our rhythm.

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