How to Sleep Well at Night

Having an age range to love and teach offers me big blessings, plenty of challenges plus the benefit of sleep coming easily at night. This week we packed in the projects. From high school biology lab to many hands on geography activities. The littlest ones stepped up to help. The eldest ones worked into the evening on math problems. We painted 13 colonies, made the earth in paper mache form, were intrigued by Vermeer and his delicate use of light in paintings. We stirred up cookies, stacked up borrowed books from the library. Stayed up late learning about elections. Read the latest Five in a Row selection.

It was a very satisfyingly full week of learning. We accomplished quite a bit. From getting frustrated with finding math answers to totally enjoying ourselves. So, how do you sleep well at night? All you need to do is…

Do hard things. Work and learn hard. Diligence. I’m so proud of my two eldest children. Sticking with it and working hard on many math lessons. Getting used to the language of Pilgrim’s Progress.

Get Dad involved. Biology science lab with Hodgepodgedad and the microscope end up being for the whole family.

Say yes often! Yes you can mop the floor. Yes you can wear a ‘thinking cap’ for school. Yes, pick out as many books as you like at the library and then pile up on the couch. Yes, enjoy Draw Write Now just for fun – tractors and sharks. Yes, build, build, build!

Focus on the pure delight of afternoon cookie making.

Notice nature. Rainy days – the kind you can stand on the front step – just to feel the drops. Plus nature study on the front door wreath.

Produce project after project after project. Projects that build the kind of days that Mama asks it’s already 3 in the afternoon? I’ll be sharing more about our geography projects soon!

Feed them all until the dishes are piled in the sink.

Get lots of help.

Read until we fall asleep.

Count the gifts of the day. “A leaf for you Mama!”

Many thanks to our Friday hostesses!

 Does homeschooling an age range help you…zzzzzzzz?

About Hodgepodgemom

Tricia faces a daily dose of chaos homeschooling five children. The biggest lesson she’s learned? At the end of the day – when the dishes are put away and the children are tucked in bed – truly what matters is each child’s relationship with the Lord. Raising children is a God-given privilege and, folks, the time is short.


  1. I love it. You know I agree.

    Do hard things.
    Say yes often.

    I think you knocked it out of the park this week, friend!

  2. Oh, my, I LOVE this post!! What joy! Oh, may our first week is as full of goodness as this one.

  3. Of course I always love your wrap-ups but I also adore those little “sweetie” plates! And you have me craving homemade cookies, so we may have to do something about that soon!

    • Jamie – those sweetie plates are fun. Nana got them for us on sale after Valentine’s Day one year. They came from Pottery Barn Kids about, oh, 8 years ago? The others say Best Friends, I Love You and Hugs & Kisses. Fun to use every day!

  4. What a WONDERFUL week! Love it! I’m impressed with your kiddos who’re reading Pilgrim’s Progress. I have started that book many times and ::ick::

    • Well, I won’t say it’s been easy but it has definitely led to many discussions. We found a movie version on Netflix and thought we’d give it a try. Don’t know if it is any good. Also, there’s a unit study guide link on the Tapestry of Grace site we’re going to explore more…

  5. I love this! You’re so inspirational. I’d love to spend the day at your house and get a feel for your routine (and fun). Where did you find your microscopes? I haven’t invested in one yet so I’d love your recommendation. Thanks for sharing your week!

  6. This inspires me for next week! It will be an interesting next week with Brian getting promoted (Yeah) and our first week back to it! I hope ours turns out as lovely as this;)

  7. LOVE THIS! What a wonderful example you are giving your children.
    Blessings, Dawn

  8. What an encouragement this was. I really enjoyed reading this. I need to catch your enthusiasm. And I love your photos!!

  9. I have to say that I found your blog today and where I just wonder where I have been, I am enjoying the reading this evening.
    The White Lily flower has me a little homesick but I will survive.

  10. The Pilgrim’sProgress is on our reading list for this year too. Looks like you had a packed but fun week!

  11. LOVE this Tricia – this is the kind of fullness we need in our lives, true? Saying yes. Doing hard things.


  12. Maureen and Daniele – Thank you so much, fellow friends of an age range!

  13. My question is this: May I borrow the thinking cap?

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