book: help me be good series

a children's book about teasing
by joy berry.
we just read a few of these titles
and will be getting more.

the series includes the following titles:
“Being Lazy, Being Forgetful, Being Careless, Being Messy, Being Wasteful, Overdoing It, Showing Off, Being a Bad Sport, Being Selfish, Being Greedy, Breaking Promises, Disobeying, Lying, Interrupting, Whining, Throwing Tantrums, Complaining, Teasing, Tattling, Gossiping, Being Rude, Snooping, Cheating, Stealing, Being Bullied, Being Bossy, Being Destructive, Fighting, Being Mean”

each book:
1. Defines a misbehavior
2. Explains the cause of the misbehavior
3. Discusses the negative effects of the misbehavior
4. Offers suggestions for replacing the misbehavior with acceptable behavior

she has other series as well.

i think it helped that we were discussing the behavior objectively because
the girls were surprisingly candid and thoughtful
about their behavior and that of others.

a typical homeschool day

thought i’d share a schedule of a typical homeschool day:

7 am homeschool prep
8 am breakfast & dress
9 am – 1 pm homeschool:

  • circle time
    • greeting & alFatiha
    • date & current events
    • song/rhyme/poem
    • surah of the week
  • independent work & presentations
1 pm lunch & free play
2 pm quiet/nap time
3 pm outside play
6 pm dinner prep
7 pm dinner
9 pm bath, story & bed


  • i treat a schedule as a guide. i try to stick to it on a regular basis, but i’m still flexible, because if our eyes are open there are many teachable moments in just living life.
  • what happens in the gaps? life.
  • i try not to do personal stuff in the morning, like check email, facebook or blogging. i distracts me then and often for the rest of the day.
  • i try to put a load of laundry in right after breakfast, other than that, the chores can wait.
  • the girls often help with making meals and chores — it’s the montessori way!
  • i have not included extracurricular/enrichment activities, but they’d be worked in as necessary, preferably outside of our main homeschool hours of 9am-1pm.

“Interruptions can be viewed as sources of irritation or opportunities for service, as moments lost or experience gained, as time wasted or horizons widened. They can annoy us or enrich us, get under our skin or give us a shot in the arm. Monopolize our minutes or spice our schedules, depending on our attitude toward them.”
– william arthur ward