Today marks the completion of our 2nd week of homeschooling for the 2017-2018 school year. We have been homeschooling since Lillian was about 3 and she just turned 8 this week. Over the last 5 years we have tried many different schedules , curriculum, rooms arrangements and many more things. I have slowly let go of my Type A scheduling things down to the minute routine. People ask if we are back into routine. My answer is usually, “Yes, and our routine is usually different each day.”
This year here are some of the things we are trying to do:
– be dressed when we come downstairs and have our morning chores done to start school at 9ish
– have a schedule for breakfast and lunch. I fought doing this because I thought it was going to be so much more work but it has been working. Less choices, and repeat menus have been working.
– my lesson plans have a “hit list” for the day. Then at the bottom are things that at extra and would be nice to do if we have time. When the kids finish something they highlight it off my plans. Easy- no time frame- just basically a to-do list.
– doing a sticker chart for finishing work with a good attitude. When we earn a certain number of stickers we will go to the pavilion or another place we have a membership too.
– doing field trips and Just because days. We had our first JBD on Wednesday when we went to the children’s museum with another homeschool family. The kids found out the morning of and it was just that- fun and unexpected. Trying to do 3 more of these this year.
– trying a morning bible study with a homeschool room for kids instead of MOPS.
– holding Amelia and loving on her through school and daily life. There is lots of great and lots of crying. She does do some naps in the morning that helps:)
– participating in Wednesday nights at church. Chris holds Amelia, Leeland plays with his buddy Isaiah in the nursery and I help in the gym with the girls. Plus our church feeds us supper! Win-Win-Win!!
– trying to read aloud before rest time and during snack times. We are reading the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books and they are fabulous!
I hope that you caught a reoccurring word in that post: trying. I may have some good intentions but in the end I am just trying to teach and love my kids that God gave me. Sometimes that is way more important than what math lesson we did or didn’t get done.