The Habit of Order

The Habit of Order - a collection of ideas and quotes for learning, applying, developing and exploring the habit of order. "To put things in their proper places; to arrange suitably or methodically. Straightened out so as to eliminate confusion."

Our term 1 habit this year is order.

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This is being defined as : To put things in their proper places; to arrange suitably or methodically. Straightened out so as to eliminate confusion.

Our corresponding hymn is Isaac Watt’s O God Our Help in Ages Past.

The Habit of Order - a collection of ideas and quotes for learning, applying, developing and exploring the habit of order. "To put things in their proper places; to arrange suitably or methodically. Straightened out so as to eliminate confusion."On the subject of habit building, Charlotte Mason said;

We are not unwilling to make efforts in the beginning with the assurance that by-and-by things will go smoothly; and this is just what habit is, in an extraordinary degree, pledged to effect. The mother who takes pains to endow her children with good habits secures for herself smooth and easy days; while she who lets their habits take care of themselves has a weary life of endless friction with the children (Vol. 1, p. 136).

We are coming up on year 4 of intentional habit building, and I can attest to its merits. It is work. It is painful. We often focus on the wrong thing and miss the obvious. We are learning alongside our own children. But this works. Gently nurturing of their being towards something greater.

It’s been intriguing to see the subject of habit get greater attention lately. The Power of Habit; why we do what we do in life and business¬†was the first book outside of Charlotte Mason idealogy that I read on habit. It’s a good one if you’re looking for a little more perspective on the subject. Gretchin Rubin’s book Better Than Before; mastering the habits of our everyday lives is another book on habits – I haven’t yet read it, but have listened to her podcasts and heard good things about this book.

I have found games to be invaluable resources in helping relate a habit’s significance to a child. Some of our previous habit games can be seen here – a better organization and presentation of them is forthcoming.

In addition to games, stories and quotes and conversations have balanced out our focus on each habit; while also practically applying the habit to our daily life.

In developing the habit of order we discuss what this habit looks like in our life.
In general, with each habit we focus on I see at least a small bit of this habit already in existence. I like to encourage them towards deeper development of it through positive reinforcement. So we discuss where this habit is already being played out, and then how strengthening it might look in our lives.

We talk a lot about ideas, and how to apply them.

We use quotes on our habit focus as a springboard for deeper conversations, and also, very practically, as our copy work.

Below are our quotes for the habit of order, as well as a selection of questions intended to springboard ideas that you might ask your own children.

The Habit of Order - a collection of ideas and quotes for learning, applying, developing and exploring the habit of order. "To put things in their proper places; to arrange suitably or methodically. Straightened out so as to eliminate confusion."

Order: To put things in their proper places; to arrange suitably or methodically. Straightened out so as to eliminate confusion.

Questions to consider:

1. Discuss what a lack of this habit might look like;

a. What would a bedroom without order look like?

b. What would meal times look like without order?

c. What would a school day look like without order?

2. What tools would aid us in achieving order in various avenues?

The Habit of Order - a collection of ideas and quotes for learning, applying, developing and exploring the habit of order. "To put things in their proper places; to arrange suitably or methodically. Straightened out so as to eliminate confusion."A place for every and everything in its place. – Benjamin Franklin

Questions to consider:

1. How many items in our home can you think of that have a proper place?

2. What would happen if I put the spoons in the glass cupboard, or stored the scissors where the toilet paper is stashed?

The Habit of Order - a collection of ideas and quotes for learning, applying, developing and exploring the habit of order. "To put things in their proper places; to arrange suitably or methodically. Straightened out so as to eliminate confusion."

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12

Questions to consider:

1. In other parts of scripture and in nature, how do we see that God is a God of order? (The order of creation, the function of our bodies, the days of the week and the seasons, etc.)

2. How has God made it so that there is no confusion regarding our salvation? (Salvation is found in no one else – it is all in the finished work of Christ Jesus.)

The Habit of Order - a collection of ideas and quotes for learning, applying, developing and exploring the habit of order. "To put things in their proper places; to arrange suitably or methodically. Straightened out so as to eliminate confusion."Order marches with weighty and measured strides. Disorder is always in a hurry. – Napolean Bonaparte

Questions to consider:

1. Imagine a soldier marching with deliberate steps, and then imagine one that is hurrying. (Have the children demonstrate this for fun, if they would enjoy that.)
a. Which will be more accurate in their step?
b. Which is more likely to notice dangers along the way?
c. Which is more likely to notice needs of fellow soldiers?

The Habit of Order - a collection of ideas and quotes for learning, applying, developing and exploring the habit of order. "To put things in their proper places; to arrange suitably or methodically. Straightened out so as to eliminate confusion."

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act – but a habit. -Aristotle

Questions to consider:

1. How is the habit of order, or any habit, formed?

2. How do you currently apply the habit of order in your every day life?

3. In what areas do you see that we need to practice this habit in order to achieve excellence?

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Jessica Lynette