Are you getting tired of hearing about my systems and schemes? Well, I'm afraid that's what I'm doing these days. (At least I've spared you details on the new system wherein kids use lingerie bags for their socks and undies thus sparing me the endless sorting.)
This year Roscoe has early morning seminary, so we all get up early for family scripture study and then have a full 90 minutes before anyone else has to leave for school. I decided we needed to use that time to good effect, so I devised a scheme that divides the time into three 30-minute periods:
1. Quiet time. You can go back to bed for a while, lounge on the couch, read, eat breakfast, whatever. Just don't speak to Mom. This is heavenly. I love having some quiet time to enter the day slowly.
2. Music time. I made a 33-minute playlist, which you can see some of on the sidebar. When the music starts, everyone kicks it into gear. The rule is that you've got to be 100% ready for school by the time the music stops. I play it in the same order every time so the kids can gauge their progress. This has drastically cut down on the nagging around here. Plus everyone is kind of bopping around happily and singing along instead of grousing at each other.
(The blogger playlist app didn't include Little Richard's rendition of "Rubber Duckie," which is a hit of the morning. "Who Let the Dogs Out" would make me want to stick a needle in my eye except for the fact that it makes the kids so dang happy. I did do myself a solid by omitting Cake's "Mahna Mahna," which the kids would have loved, but still...I have limits.)
3. Homework/reading time. We don't do homework after school anymore! I sit at the table and sign planners and notes. Or I sit on the couch and supervise someone's reading.