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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Home Schooling & Such...

Home schooling is going as well as can be expected...

I am trying my best to stick to my schedule and if I get behind, I just do the next thing that my schedule tells me to do. Although if it doesn't all get done, I stop at 3:00 p.m. regardless...

My schedule has stayed the same as it is below with the exception of having a singing time with our Bible time every morning and a "homework" time from 1 - 3 p.m.

I am also using Fridays to "catch up" on any incomplete lessons and such...that is if we have a lesson from English that we didn't finish on Thursday, we just finish it Friday and we are done with that subject for the day.

And if you are wondering, "WHY DO I HAVE SOOO MANY SUBJECTS ON MY SCHEDULE???"....it is the state law here...

We are REQUIRED to do Reading (Comprehension?/Phonics?), Literature (Reading the Classics?), Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Art, Language Arts (which lists a whole realm of things that we must try to teach), Music, Health & P.E. and twice a year submit a portfolio to the public school system for documentation of home schooling...ugh.

I am just wondering here...I am up at 5:30 a.m. every morning and I don't often go to bed super early AND MY HOUSE...oh, my house....IT IS AWFUL!!!

Does anyone have any tips here? I mean, I CAN'T skip home schooling for any length of time!!!

I really try to get things done, but they just get messy again. And money is pretty tight right now, so buying paper plates, paper napkins... and other helps, like a pizza delivery is out of the question...

I keep thinking, if I could just stay up super late and clean, but by the end of the day I am beat!!! And I am an energetic person. I know that my house is going to HAVE to be cleaned super well soon as my sister's family is coming to stay for visit...

An emergency cleaning would be somewhat helpful, but it takes a long time as we live in a large house... I remember the days of cleaning a much smaller place...I only had four children then...and my house stayed clean! What is the matter with me now?? (with the exception of living in a home 3 to 4 times that size?)

Oh well...I do it someday...it will be here for me tomorrow if I don't get it done today, right?

I know there is a light at the end of the tunnel SOMEWHERE!!! I just need to find it and run toward the light! (with prayer, of course)


BTW... Mrs. C, I am SOOO glad that my schedule was helpful to you!!! That made my day!!!


Swylv said...

I like the 15 minute mantra ... 15 minute lessons, every cleans 15 minutes? or maybe you've tried that...sorry I'm no help but it's all that came to me

His Tender Mercies said...

When I was growing up, we had Friday night chores. We did all the cleaning that needed to be done after dinner & as a reward we got to stay up late and watch TV. We loved it! I don't remember ever complaining about having to do my chores.

A friend of mine has friday tent night. If the kids know they will be rewarded with a camp out in the living room and a movie...they would be more enthusiastic & quick about helping get everything done. At least that's how it is in my house : )

I think it's hard to have a home exactly as you would like it when there's so many living it.

Fo me I try to get the part of my house that company would see, cleaned on Mon. or Tues. The rest I save until Friday.

Charley & Jessica said...

Just stopping by to say hello! Sorry your state is so stink'n strict! MAN that's frustrating! If I were you, I wouldn't worry too much about the house cleaning... sometimes it seems like the more we're concerned with the things we're *not* getting done, the more we miss that wonderful feeling of accomplishment in the things we *are* getting done! And from the looks of it, you're a great, hard working, diligent and devoted wife, mom and teacher! Nice job! :)

love jessica

ladyofvirtue said...

I was reading your rigorous schedule and feeling faint...

I am wondering where you live? You know, it may be possible to beat your school district at its own game--by combining and labeling more natural learning into "educational-eze"?

If your district gives you guidelines and expects a portfolio, you could go about it from a different perspective.

For instance, most of the subjects you mentioned that you are required to do every day can be accomplished through the simple reading of wonderful stories about history, science, etc. that both you and your children would find engaging, and at multiple levels at the same time. At the end of each session you could have each child either write/draw about what they have read. I am speaking as someone out of your situation, but I wonder that there isn't someone who has been through it all where you are that could help.

I find that we sometimes go above and beyond what is expected of us out of fear--you might even try and contact someone nationally that could give you a different perspective--the school officials want you to think that you are in a great bind when things may not be as bad as they are making you believe.

In our state, the compulsory ages are 8-16, meaning that we are not even bound by the law before and after these ages--and I noticed your children are pretty young.

As far as the house is concerned--I know that everyone says, "Don't worry about the house", but if my house is a mammoth wreck, I can't even think, much less teach. That's why I have to do periodical "pitch and burn" sessions--decluttering takes a lot off of my plate--maybe that could be worked into some sort of educational activity (recycling to save the earth?)--we used to do all sorts of nonsense things in school, like yoga and meditation, and they still counted!