01-19-2013

A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler [Day 10]

Β  8:00 AM – Stayed up too late the night before (story of my life) and am purely exhausted. I get up when the girls do, and realize we are on our last bit of oatmeal. I gotta go to the store…

9:00 AM – Breakfast is done, dishes are done. And Zachary is already ready for a nap. He’s so cranky lately! I blame teeth. I ask the girls to go play upstairs so I can finish the last few edits of a post-partum hospital shoot that I did a few weeks ago.

10: 00 AM – I give the girls some crayons to color with and some Goldfish to eat while I finish up. It’s taking longer than I thought. But they are turning out awesomely! So I guess I shouldn’t complain.

10:15 AM – Both girls come downstairs with pens in hand, and wave them at me in unison making “wand” noises.

10:30 AM – Bribe the children with cookies while I print off the CD label.Β And recheck another order that I had to make sure it was perfect as well.

11:00 AM – Girls are rewarded for their good behavior. And we have lunch. I check on Zachary to make sure he’s still alive. He’s alive and wake, just chewing on Batman. I bring him downstairs so he can eat something more substantial.

NOON – I help the girls clean their room, during which Audrey has a melt down. Time for her naptime!

12:15 PM – Audrey is down for a nap. Or rather she’s kicking and screaming. Sydney and I go downstairs to start school. We only have a few subjects today since it’s Friday. Zachary happily eats rolls while in the highchair.

We start every day of school with a prayer, and the Pledge of Allegiance.

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While doing math I am reminded, yet again, how much I would like to buy a bead holder and use it for the Math-U-See blocks.

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Β For gospel we watched a NEST movie, to illustrate what we had been learning about. I love these movies! After she finished the movie she took their DVD quiz.

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While she was watching her movie I found a sticky note from her in my New Testament binder. I love that girl :)

After she finished her few subjects for the day she got to do her favorite. ART TIME! She finished her water color painting from last week. I adore Home Art Studio, it’s really the best for elementary ages. I love all the projects!

Fridays are a great day of school. They are usually very easy light days! Sydney was thrilled when she finished her All About Spelling reader and understood that she had read every page of that book, all 146 pages! She felt SO proud of herself!

Now, I’ve got to find my bee stickers that Audrey has run off with!

(Am I allowed to say I’m proud of myself for finishing this challenge? I hope you all enjoyed reading about crazy days!)

01-18-2013

A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler [Day 9]

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7:30 AM – I realize that I might have stayed up too late the night before. I am SO exhausted. I decide to listen to a General Conference talk while I eat my breakfast. I could use some of the Prophet’s wise words to help me get through the day.

8:15 AM – Girls wake up, and I ask them to clean their room before breakfast. They haven’t been very good at cleaning it before breakfast this week, and we have a “if your room isn’t clean, you don’t eat rule.” There room has very few toys, and no books in it. All of the books are in Zachary’s room to avoid the mess. The only thing they have to have picked up are their clothes and their stuffed animals.

8:30 AM – Zachary wakes up and I feed him.

8:45 AM – Play with Zachary on the floor for a while. He likes to eat Batman.

9:30 AM – We still haven’t made any headway on that bedroom. In fact the girls took the toys out of Zachary’s room, and have put all their stuffed animals and blankets in the hallway and down the stairs. I become VERY angry. I pick up all of the toys/blankets/stuffed animals and put them in their room. I also threaten the livelihood of their toys if they are found on the stairs again. Ahem. I’m not always perfect…

10:30 AM – After getting my dining room clean and doing a load of dishes I check back at the girls. Still no progress.

11:00 AM – Ugh! We are bordering on neglect now. Zachary is getting tired and I know those girls are hungry. I put him down for a nap and I stand in the doorway of the girl’s room and stare at them. This confused Sydney and Audrey. They seemed to think that it was time to talk to mama and tell her all about their day.

11:15 AM – I set a timer and tell them that anything left on the floor will be thrown out.

11:16 AM – Hysterics have ensued. I remind the girls that the longer the spend crying the less time they are spending cleaning, the more stuff that will be thrown out.

11:20 AM- With 15 minutes left on the clock their room is now spotless. It’s amazing what they can accomplish when threatened properly motivated. Beds aren’t made, but really who cares? I declare it to be breakfast time (brunch?) Audrey sings a song about it.

NOON – After our oatmeal breakfast I am reminded that I probably should go to the store and buy some more cereal, we are still out and now we are almost out of oatmeal. It’s also naptime, Audrey is very unhappy about this. “But I just had breakfast!” She tells me. I remind her that she should have cleaned her room sooner.

12:30 PM – Sydney and I start school. Thursdays and Fridays are our light days around here, to play make-up with whatever we have missed during the week. I am glad that I moved the “Days of the Week” calendar down so that I can easily reach it. Except, I don’t have to! Sydney now moves the chair by it and moves the pieces and tells me what Yesterday/Today/Tomorrow are.

Sydney learns how to perfect her penmanship with the letter “k.” Her handwriting is becoming superior to her father’s. She’s impressive! πŸ˜‰

All About Spelling has readers to add into their curriculum to reinforce the spelling rules. Sydney loves to read these books to me! I love that they are quick and easy for her, and she hardly needs any help with them at all.

While she does her Math-U-See worksheet I put together our binder for Confessions of a Homeschooler’s Expedition Earth. Upon looking at it I realize that our 1st Grade Yearbook will probably be huge. But it’s still exciting!

2:00 PM – Despite the crazy schedule that we’ve been doing this week, Sydney has remained amazing and has gotten through her work very well! Audrey and Zachary are still sleeping so I deem it to be quiet time, while I take a nap.

2:30 PM – Ugh, nap time is over. Zachary has woken up. He’s been napping for long periods of time this week, I think he’s cutting more (giant) teeth. I come downstairs to find that Audrey woke up during my nap and her and Sydney are playing quietly downstairs while eating goldfish. I have some great kids.

I expect to find a hidden disaster as the day progresses.

01-17-2013

A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler [Day 8]

7:30 AM- Boo, that alarm! I go downstairs and realize that I’m out of cereal. Ugh! So I heat up some water for oatmeal. I do not like instant oatmeal very much.

8:00 AM – I wake the girls up, and ask them to clean their room.

8:30 AM – Girls are not cleaning, they are playing on Sydney’s bed. I become frustrated and ask them again to clean their room. Zachary wakes up, and I get him up and feed him his breakfast.

9:00 AM – Zachary is finishing his breakfast, so we go to check on the girls. Room still isn’t being cleaned. In fact I think it’s messier. Ugh! More stern words.

9:30 AM – Audrey is grumpy, hunger has set in, and she’s not happy with me. Sydney is also unhappy. I ask them to just clean the Barbies and I’ll call it good for today. Wednesday always end up crazy, so I should just let it go for today.

10:00 AM – Girls are finally eating breakfast and I realize that we have to get ready to go to a playdate. So much for getting school done beforehand!

10:45 AM – Play date it up with some friends! :)

1:00 PM – After a fun play date and lunch with our friends I tell Audrey to take a nap, and Zachary goes down too. I tell Sydney we will do as much school as we can before we go to dance class.

2:00 PM – Still working on math. Making Sydney rewrite her numbers, she has a hard time remembering that handwriting should be neat and legible, even when the subject isn’t handwriting. Audrey only fell asleep about 10 minutes ago. She is not going to be happy when I wake her up.

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2:15 PM – Finally finish math. I decide we will stop here until later. I run upstairs and get the girl’s dance clothes together. I tell Sydney to practice before her piano lesson.

2:30 PM – I wake Audrey up, luckily her first words were, “I dance with Teacher Annie?!” She’s not too upset.

2:40 PM – Finally get the children into the car, and realize I need gas. Audrey has a meltdown getting into the car. So, I guess she is upset.

2:45 PM – Internally cry when I fill up the mini van.

3:00 PM – Piano lessons and dance class. Annie told us to choose a woodland animal for Audrey to be in the June performance. Do they have the option of a bunny? Why, yes, they do have bunnies, yey!

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5:00 PM – Pull into my drive way wondering what on Earth I am going to make for dinner. Then Lauren calls and asks if I want to go to McDonald’s and then go to Goodwill to shop for props.

7:00 PM – Get home after shopping and eating. Audrey is pretty much in hysterics and Zachary isn’t too happy either. Luckily Audrey went down quickly. I pushed my luck with their lack of naps today. Zachary is still hungry, and after he finished his bottle Sydney gave him a roll. (I was in the bathroom at that moment.) He was a happy boy then!

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Sydney wizzed through school. And I discovered a new way to keep track of all the subjects we have to get through. Normally, I write them on the white board, but they get erased by an over zealous two-year-old. So instead I wrote the subjects on a piece of paper and put them in the binder, and I mark them off with a white board marker.

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01-16-2013

A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler [Day 7]

7:30 AM- The usual alarm, hit snooze, get up, read scriptures. Everyone is awake this time, so I just eat with the kids. Audrey and Sydney scarf down breakfast, and then Audrey asks if she can have mine. I seriously consider eating in the bathroom.

8:30 AM – Clear the table, Sydney does the breakfast dishes. I start a load of cloth diapers while Sydney practices piano, Zachary screams in his bouncer and Audrey tries to make him happy. She gives up and tells me that Zachary “hates” her.

8:50 AM- Helped the kids make a video to send to Grandpa Smith for his birthday. They are ADORABLE. <3

9:00 AM – Organize kids clothes. My goal is to get them all in labeled organized bins that are easy to keep up with. It’s slow going, so it looks like a tornado went through Zachary’s room. Zachary screams at me in his crib while I clean his room. So I get Audrey and put her in his crib. They giggle together.

9:30 AM – Audrey and Zachary stop giggling. Zachary becomes REALLY angry. So it’s nap time! Audrey is given the option of sitting quietly at the table and playing with puzzle or playing in her room. She chooses to play in her room.

We start school. I feel guilty because the “What day is it” calendar says it’s still Friday. The thing is too high that I have to stand on a chair and still stand on my tip toes. During the prayer I decide to move it. So after morning exercises are done I ask Sydney to work on her thank you cards while I finish rearranging.

BEFORE:Β Β  Homeschool

AFTER:

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Sydney finished the last of her Thank You cards from Christmas. Yeah, they are a little late, but she wrote them herself, so I am proud of her. :)

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She wanted to show you all her Scripture Journal. Her Grandma Sherman made it, and she loves it because it’s pink. I’m glad she likes it so much. We use Discover the Scriptures, and I LOVE it! We are currently studying the New Testament, and although it says it’s for 1-3 Grades Sydney is doing so well. And I am impressed with how much she knows!

The brightly colored papers on the wall (that I moved) are all New Testament scriptures that Sydney has memorized this year.

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Today was another good day, and it didn’t take too long to get through it. In math she started doing addition, and she is doing SO well with it! She never ceases to amaze me. Normally on Tuesdays we do handwriting, but since she finished her Thank You cards I counted that.

While today was a good day, we didn’t get to our Read Aloud until much later that night. We got distracted by daddy coming home, Zachary woke up, lunch had to be eaten (Audrey asked for my lunch when she finished her lunch) and dishes that needed to get done. It was also Cub night, so I was busily reading over notes and lessons and trying to stay organized. So when I came home from scouts I read Dolphin Treasure as the bedtime story.

01-15-2013

A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler [Day 6]

6:44 AM – wake up to Audrey screaming her head off. Okay, maybe it wasn’t that dramatic. But it was 6 am, so it felt that way. Regardless, Audrey came crying into my room bawling. I told her to go back to bed. She stopped crying and said, “Okay!” and went back to her room. Not sure what happened, but I have another 45 minutes until my alarm goes off.

7:15 AM – wake up again to girls screaming. Run into their room, and both girls are on the top bunk. Audrey bit Sydney. Again. I grumble at them to stop biting and to clean their room. After my “stern talk” I fall back onto my bed.

7:30 AM – my alarm goes off, and I wake up, get dressed and eat my Kix downstairs while the girls are still cleaning their room.

7:45 AM – I hear a thump, a crash and then Zachary screaming. I run back up the stairs in a panic. Luckily the thump and crash didn’t belong to Zachary. They belonged to Audrey. She’s crying too. She jumped off her bed and landed on a lego that she was suppose to be cleaning up. Stern words about picking up blocks are issued. Zachary is a happy boy, and expresses said happiness by patting me on the back. Love that kid.

8:00 AM – Sydney comes down to tell me that the room is clean. It’s not.

8:15 AM – Audrey tells me the room is clean. Sydney yells down the stairs that it’s not.

8:25 AM – Both girls claim the room is clean. It is! Breakfast time.

8:45 AM – Sydney does breakfast dishes. Audrey is instructed to go upstairs and get dressed. Zachary screams in his bouncer. I clean off the table to get ready for school.

9:00 AM – I wonder if we should start school now, or wait until after Zachary’s doctor appointment? I decide now, we’ll just see how much we get through. Audrey comes downstairs wearing different pjs, I tell her to try again.

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We start with our prayer, pledge, and calendar time.Β We skip our “what day is it” and I just ask. I hate having to stand on the chair to change the days around.

Sydney choose Gospel to be first, because “it’s the most important.” Smart girl I have!

Next up is math. She loves playing with the colorful blocks. Today is the last lesson in section 11. I’m shocked at how quickly she remembers which color block is what number. I still have to count them!

Science is about under the sea life, and she is super excited about crabs. But sea urchins are her favorite.

Reading about Anna and Jack in her Bob Books readers makes her happy. I think she might actually be getting bored at the slow pace with the Bob Book. She goes through it so quickly!

Finish the second half of her spelling test with AAS today. Every single day I am amazed at her spelling skills. Every day. She is incredible. And I am so grateful that I get to spend everyday with her, and marvel in her awesomeness. I don’t like sharing πŸ˜‰

And lastly, we started our new read aloud, Dolphin Treasure, she was so excited to see that we are reading another dolphin book!

Today was a good day.

10:15 AM – I tell Sydney to practice piano for the next 10 minutes while I get everyone ready to go. Audrey has since changed her pjs a few times, and mix and matched jeans with pj tops or pj bottoms with everyday shirts. Or tried to get away with a skirt. So I help her get dressed, I change Zachary and get him ready to go.

10:25 AM- Sydney puts on the outfit that I lay out for her. I announce that today is going to be a Converse day. NO rubber boots (AUDREY!) Audrey cries about the declaration, and then asks if she can wear her pink shoes. I realize we are running out of time and I can’t find the second pink Converse, so I tell her she has to wear the red ones. More tears. Sydney gets her shoes on quickly, I scold myself again for not getting her the Velcro Converse so that I don’t have to tie shoes. I also scold myself for not teaching her to tie her shoes yet. But hey, she’s beautiful AND smart, that counteracts her inability to tie shoes, right?

11:00 AM – Get to the doctor’s office exactly on time.

Noon – Leave doctor’s office, and realize that it’s snowing. I enjoy driving in the “snow” and watching the flakes bounce off the windshield. The snow is light and perfect and doesn’t stick. Yey!

12:30 PM- Have a lunch, put Zachary down for a nap.

Oh, and have a dance party.

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What a lovely Monday! :)

01-12-2013

A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler [Day 5]

8:30 AM – I am started awake by two crying, grumpy girls. What on earth could have possibly happened?! And why didn’t my alarm go off? I realize my phone is under my pillow, which means that I turned it off. Oh, boy!

9:00 AM – I sort out what the girls were fighting over. Maybe? I’m not sure why the yelling, but they are happy now. They eat breakfast and Sydney helps by clearing off the table. While I’m feeding Zachary I see some sun in the curtains. Sun?! Oh my gosh, there is light! I am so excited that I am giggling. My giggling makes Zachary laugh, and we spend a good 10 minutes laughing hysterically.

10: 00 AM – Enough laughing. This is Washington after all, the sun could disappear as quickly as it arrived! So I grab the boy and rush upstairs to give him a bath. This instantly put an end to his giggling and made him cry. He doesn’t like the bath. He was even less pleased when he got out of the bath. Poor boy had purple lips and hands. After diapering him I wrap him in blankets. Grandma will never let me hear the end of it if his 9-month-pictures are of a purple baby. πŸ˜‰

10:30 AM – Sweet! There is even more sun to work with than I think! Zachary does not want to sit, he wants to stand. He is wearing my Grandpa Smith’s sweater that his mother (my great-grandma) knitted for him. It’s a tad small, and when he stands up you can tell! So I snap a few cute pictures of him in the sweater and then I put him in a shirt that fits him and set him on my glider. He thought this was the coolest thing ever.

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11:00 AM – We’ve lost sun. Zachary is grumpy because he lost his blue plastic coin. Audrey and Sydney are back to fighting. NAP TIME! Zachary and Audrey are less than amused.

It’s also at this moment that I decided you all will have to wait until Monday to read all about Z-boy as a 9 month old. His 9-month appointment is on Monday, might as well wait until then. :)

11:15 AM – Sydney and I start school. Usually Fridays are our quick days, but the sudden shift in All About Spelling Level 1 has thrown me off a little. So there is a spelling test. Sydney missed her first word ever! Chip was spelled Thip. But she was able to correct it fast. I was still very proud.

There are still 4 Thank You cards to write. But after I broke Sydney on Tuesday I decided not push it. We will do it on Friday.

While reading our gospel story Sydney tells me, “Mama, I’ve seen this one like a million times!” Well, as long as you remember it, dear. We read The Story About Ping. I’d never read it before, and wasn’t that impressed. Sydney loved it though.

Noon – The door bell rings and Sydney goes flying toward the door. I yell about how we don’t open the door unless we know who it is. So STOP! She stops. I unlock the door and see that my Sonlight order is on our door step. Core B (our first grade curriculum) is HERE. I tell Sydney to get the box and put it on my bed. She just stares at me.

And she says she tries to be helpful! lol, I’m totally joking here. I grabbed the box and took it upstairs. And I asked her to help me go through the order list. We looked over every book one by one and then she read the book title off the list (or spelled it when she couldn’t read it) and I told her “Check!” and she’d highlight the title. All our books have arrived safely and soundly. :)

12:45 PM – We decided we should finish school. So we go back downstairs and while Sydney does her math I put together my Instructor Guide for Core B. My inner book nerd is so happy it could burst.

1:00 PM – Sydney asks if we can listen to “her songs” while I do the dishes, after we’ve finished school. I say sure. BAD CHOICE. It’s about 6 hours later as I write this and I still have “Saturday” stuck in my head.

Saturday is a special day, it’s the day we get ready for SUNDAY! We clean the house and we shop at the store so we won’t have to work until MONDAY!

Oye.

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Since today is Friday we also worked on art. Sydney LOVES art. Her whole face lit up when it was time to watch the video and make her train. We only finished half of it, so we will be doing the finishing touches next week. :)

Whew, I finished the first week of this challenge! Hopefully next week will be as successful!

01-11-2013

A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler [Day 4]

After our disastrous Wednesday, I was determined to make things run smoothly again.

At least until that alarm went off at 7:30. I wasn’t keen on waking up. But I did it anyway. Nice quiet breakfast by myself before the kids woke up.

We were planning on having a play date, and I needed to pick up Sydney’s glasses. But we also had a bit of make-up to do. So after breakfast and a quick clean on the girl’s bedroom Sydney and I got to work. I gave Zachary a fake cookie (he thinks plastic cookies are the best toys every) and he was happy to sit in his high chair, Audrey went upstairs to destroy something play nicely.

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Getting through school was rather uneventful. We moved swiftly and smoothly through school, making up all of the stuff we missed the day previously.

Did I tell you that our tadpole, named Olive, is now a frog? And he puts himself in the weirdest positions EVER. Half the time I swear he’s dead. He’s just good at coming back to life before I flush him πŸ˜‰

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11 AM – Sydney and I finished school. There was an All About Spelling test involved, it never ceases to amaze me how much Sydney is learning. She is so good with spelling! We added ‘th’, ‘sh’ and ‘ch’ blends, and this is the first unit that we’ve done where I’ve needed to repeat any of the words. Usually she gets them from the first go. This time there was one word that I had to say twice and then she said, “Oh, yeah! The “th” sound, not the “ch” sound!” I love AAS.

After her spelling test, she did some math, working on place value. I am always impressed when she looks at the number 356 and tells me what it is.

I say a quick “thank you” prayer that I don’t have to share my girl with public school. I’m selfish like that πŸ˜‰

We finished Dolphin Adventure, and she loved it. She tells me that she wants to swim with dolphins when she gets married, just like Auntie Amber. Apparently dolphins will forever remind her of Amber. :)

Zachary and Audrey woke up shortly after and I made some sandwiches for the kids to eat while I cleaned up the school stuff. I tell them to HURRY UP, because I want to get to the mall to pick up Sydney’s classes.

12:31 – We arrive at the mall, Sydney and Audrey following me, Zachary in his ergo. Once we get into the eye glasses place we realize the man is helping a woman choose her glasses. He tells me it will be a little while when I say I’m picking up glasses. Great, sounds like fun. I *love* waiting! I’m sure the woman and her adult son could wait for five minutes while he handed me Sydney’s glasses. I don’t say that. Instead I allow Audrey and Zachary to try on all the glasses.

I put a pair of glasses on Audrey and I told her she looks so pretty.
Audrey: I HATES “doze” glasses!
Me: You hate them?
Audrey: Yes, I HATES doze glasses! I love those ones! *points to another pair.*When I put those one she tells me, “I loves them.”

I put a pair of purple glasses on Zachary. Never was there a bigger smile. How I wish I could have captured that smile. But he took them off before I could pull out my phone.

Sydney sat down on a chair and had a conversation with the man in the room. I was actually very impressed with her. He asked her what her name was, and the lady being helped said, “Tell him we don’t talk to strangers!” I laughed, and Sydney recited her usual, “We can talk to strangers as long as Mama is with me.”

I was very impressed with how well Sydney did with conversing with these adults. For once she didn’t mumble. He was very interested in homeschooling, and asked what she was learning about. She told him all about olive. Although my favorite moment was when he told her “stay away from boys with tattoos and motorcycles” despite him having tattooed arms.

Oh, and Audrey almost knocked a huge mirror on herself. The tattooed man flew across the table to grab it before Audrey could get hurt. I was appreciative. Audrey stared at the man with her stone cold stare and hid behind me. It’s a shame I can’t strap them all to my chest like I can with Zachary. Although he was wiggly and wanted all the glasses.

Anyway, after Sydney got her glasses we left, and as we pulled in the driveway Jordan got home at the same time. He was happy to hear that Sydney had caught up in school. I’m not entirely sure why he doubted us. But he was SO happy that her glasses were in.

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Sydney asks me about her friend Ellie’s “real Kindergarten.” And asks if we can do the “same stuff as they do in real Kindergarten.”
Me: Syd, we DO real Kindergarten at home.
Sydney: We do? *wide eyes*
Me: We don’t do fake school, babe.

She seemed satisfied with this answer. Jordan laughed about that conversation, and related it to how most people refer to “real” diapers and “cloth” diapers. ‘Cause I fake diaper and fake school my kids πŸ˜‰ haha. Yeah, we amuse ourselves.

…And I realize I really should make ONE day for errand day instead of having 3.

01-10-2013

A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler [Day 3]

You ready to laugh?

You’ll be doing a lot of that while reading this post.

Not because I’m witty or hilarious by any means.

I’m pretty ridiculous.

7:30 AM – and that dreaded alarm clock is going off. But I stayed up WAY to late the night before reading. And yes, I finished my book. πŸ˜‰ So I turn the alarm off and try to go back to bed. Audrey doesn’t agree.

8:00 AM – I give in and get up, instructing children to clean their room so breakfast can begin. I realize that I’ve already made a mistake. I woke up late, didn’t make time for scriptures, prayer, or breakfast.

8:30 AM – I take breakfast up to my room and eat quick, hoping the kids don’t kill each other downstairs. Or make a mess. I can’t do messes this morning. Have I mentioned I’m not a morning person? I barely even like breakfast. But I can’t be spoken to while I’m eating.

9:00 AM – I noticed a flaw to my schedule the day idea. I forgot to give myself time to watch my tv shows, and really want to watch the new episode of Private Practice. Guess I’ll be doing that tonight. I’ve decided my goal is to go to sleep early. But the kids have to get ready to go. Audrey had her ear tube post-op.

10:00 AM – drop Sydney and Zachary off at my mom’s house so that I don’t have to drag all three of them to the ENT with me. Audrey is a handful by herself. Zachary doesn’t want to be held, or put in his carseat. And once we get to the doctor’s we wait…and wait…and about 45 minutes later the doctor comes in and looks at Audrey’s ears and tells me she looks great! Glad we waited to be told she’s looks great.

11:00 AM – spend some time with my mama. Zachary falls asleep in his car seat, I’ve got to run some errands before I get home. These include getting all three kids out of the car to go into the post office to retrieve a package sent by my Missa. I waited in a long line for this. I become really self conscious that I am ringless in public with three children. My rings are being soldered together and won’t be back for a few more days. I feel like strangers are staring at my hands. So I put my left hand in my pocket πŸ˜‰

I also have to run into the bank. Again, with three kids. Luckily this was fast. But Taco Bell is across the street from the bank, and man am I hungry! I know the kids are getting there too.

1:15 PM – Who am I kidding? I have no will power against Taco Bell πŸ˜‰ I realize we have another hour before we have to leave for dance class. So home we go, and we eat our Taco Bell. Those darn dishes still aren’t done, because there is no such thing as a dish washing fairy. Apparently that’s MY job. Boo! πŸ˜‰ Do I school Sydney for 30 minutes or do I wash the dishes?

1:59 PM – I do the dishes.

2:30 PM – “Quick, kids! Get in the van!” to dance class and piano lessons we have to go! Quick kiss to the hubby as he gets home from work and is about to leave for class.

2:37 PM – It must not have been 2:30 when I left. Because there is no way I made it here in 7 minutes. Guess we’ll be waiting.

After dance class we head to my grandparents for a chat and some yummy dinner. Audrey complains about being cold. Apparently she’s too cold to eat dinner. So she lays on the couch with a blanket. She’s perfectly fine to eat cookies though πŸ˜‰

While there we got a phone call that Sydney’s glasses are ready for pick-up. SUH-WEET! Glad to have those replaced, and hopefully for the last time.

7:30 PM – Get home, grab the mail. Am SUPER excited that my Apologia Astronomy Notebook has come. Then am SUPER upset when I realize it’s NOT the junior notebook that I need. I should not order ANYTHING in the middle of the night. Ugh.

I get Audrey ready for bed and ask Sydney if we can do school while we wait for Audrey to fall asleep.

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Yup, that’s right. 30 minutes of school. GO!

After she took 15 minutes to find her “night cap.”

Actually, we just got math done before I gave up. This is what Friday is for. It’s our catch up day, exactly for this reason.

When Jordan comes home he raises his eyebrow at my “school day,” despite my insistence that we will make it up before the week is done.

Before I head to bed I realize that Audrey is no longer asleep, but also has a temperature of 101.6. My rule of thumb is that I don’t medicate until 102. So there was a little internal struggle over whether I should grab the Motrin. But she answered for me by falling back asleep before I could bring the medicine back up. I worry most of the night. [SPOILER she was back to normal by morning.]

This exercise about what my days look like are very helpful, actually. I’m beginning to realize things that are VERY helpful to my day. Actually getting up with my alarm, not staying up reading all night, doing things in an order. And not having dentist and doctor appointments on separate days. There are many others. At the end of the 10 days I’ll be giving you a list of how I plan to “improve” myself. :)

01-09-2013

A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler [Day 2]

I said yesterday that there would be chaos, remember?

UGH! <- That is how I would talk about this day.

7:30 AM – My alarm goes off and I turn it off. But I’m not getting up yet. The house is quiet and I am not ready to get out of my warm bed.

8:30 AM – Audrey crawls into my bed, hit’s me in the face and tells me she’s hungry. Time to start the day! While I make the kids breakfast I realize that I forgot to run the dishwasher the night before. No breakfast is eaten by the mama. No scriptures are read.

I run upstairs so I can at least get dressed before Zachary wakes up. I get as far as putting on jeans, but before I can put on a t-shirt Sydney tells me that Audrey spilled her cereal. So I run back downstairs, I’m wearing nice jeans so we can ignore the pj shirt, right? I clean the mess, and then hear Zachary wake up. So back up the stairs I go to get him up and changed and fed.

9:30 AM – I attempt to get the girls to clean their room. That’s not working much for me.

10:00 AM – I attempt to take Zachary’s 9 month pictures. This is also not working. Zachary just wants to stand up, and it’s too cloudy. Boo.

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10:45 AM – Zachary’s gotten grump, and so has Audrey. I put them both down for a nap and Sydney and I go downstairs to work on school.

Remember how I said on a good day school lasts 1 hour?

Today is not a good day.

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All About Spelling went fine. And then I told her we were going to do our thank you cards. They are SO cute! I wish I would have taken a picture of them before I mailed them. While Audrey was avoiding her nap I had her putting stickers on the envelopes.

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We struggled through our study on the New Testament, Sydney not remembering what happen. She wasn’t remembering her science lesson. She quickly read through her reading lesson, which caused her to guess on most of the words, and get them wrong. She was not happy when I made her re-read them.

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Writing was done sloppy and half done. I had to erase most of it and ask her to do it again. This ended with tears and her asking what she did wrong. I had to remind myself to keep calm and to make lots of comments about what she DID do right. I’m not sure it helped, she was pretty upset over having to redo words.

The one bright moment was us reading Dolphin Adventure together, she loves that book.

We were still sitting at the table when Jordan got home from work. He quickly ate and left for school. I reminded him he needed to be home by 6, because I am currently the Cub Scout Den Leader, and I was hoping to not take all three kids with me.

School took 3 hours today. And after school was over Audrey woke up late from her nap and was so grumpy, as she missed lunch. Sandwiches were made. Girls were fighting over goldfish. Zachary hates his bouncer, and he let me know it. And I tried to make sure my lesson for Cub Scouts was fully prepared.

At 5 I realized I should start making dinner, so I quickly put together taco salad. I ate quickly. Re-fried beans are awful and are not a substitute for chilli. I wish I had realized this before putting the left overs away and mixing it all together. But I was eating quickly, and didn’t realize at the time. I told to kids to keep eating while I watched out the window for Jordan. He showed up at 5:59, I told him to leave the engine running, and was grateful that scouts is so close to my house.

Reading back over it, it doesn’t seem as hectic as it was. But trust me it was! :)

I think having the day scheduled works much better for us. πŸ˜‰

01-08-2013

A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler [Day One]

Mindy over at Grateful for Grace is having a link-up, where we tell you all about two weeks of homeschooling. The good, the bad, the ugly. When I first decided to homeschool I searched through blogs to read a “typical day in the life.” So I really love this link-up!

If you are new around here, we have 3 children. Sydney is 5 years old and in Kindergarten. Audrey is 2 years old and into mischief, and Zachary is 9 months old (gasp!) and is just plain cute :)

Last week I decided that I was going to go back to scheduling my day. Of course I decided this the day before I came down with an awful cold that lasted a week. So yesterday (Monday) was the first day back on schedule. It was also the first day back to school since Thanksgiving (yup, 6 weeks, DOUBLE GASP!)

7:30 AM- My alarm goes off. I decide I’m not ready to wake up yet and I hit the snooze button. Five minutes later I roll out of bed, I go downstairs to my quiet house and eat some cold cereal, and I hear Audrey upstairs crying, wondering where her parents have gone. Usually, she’s waking us up. She probably thought we disappeared or something. I convince her to go back to her room so that I can eat in peace. I am not a morning person. Talking to me when I first wake up is never advised. After breakfast I go upstairs and get dressed, and read scriptures, Matthew chapter 2 to be exact.

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8:00 AM- and I hear baby Zachary start to wake, so I get him up and change him, I tell Audrey to come downstairs, and tell Sydney to wake up. Audrey happily runs down the stairs yelling, “BREAKFAST!” at the top of her lungs. She’s a loud child.

8:15 AM- Sydney is still not waking up.

8:20 AM- Audrey and Zachary are finished eating their breakfast. And Sydney has crawled as far as her ladder. I threaten her with breakfast time being over at 8:30, and that if she wants some she’d better get her butt downstairs. She tells me “waking up is hard for little kids sometimes.” Waking up is hard for me too, Sydney.

8:30 AM- Sydney has gotten up, and has eaten breakfast. While she eats breakfast, and Audrey eats second breakfast (and Zachary eats Kix) I unload the dishwasher. After Sydney is done with breakfast she will do the morning dishes. I instruct Audrey on clearing the table, and go upstairs with her to make her bed and put some toys away. Sydney comes upstairs when she is done with the dishes and her and Audrey get dressed for the day.

9:15 AM- Sydney practices piano, Audrey doesn’t clean her room. Zachy-boy and I cuddle on the couch while listening to Sydney (and I take a peak at Facebook.)

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9:30 AM- Sydney and I start school. She was amazed that it was 2013. As the girls say the Pledge of Allegiance I put all of Sydney’s schoolwork in piles to let her choose from. We started with Gospel, she is studying the New Testament this year.

School goes very smoothly. On a good day it will take us about an hour to make it through her Math, Gospel, Spelling, History, Readers, Read Alouds, and Science (along with handwriting and art, which are weekly.) Today was a good day.

[On a “not-so-good-day” it can take 2-3 hours.]

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While she works on subjects that don’t require my help I make a list of Jordan’s text books that he will be needing. I cringe at the total price and pray that he doesn’t actually need all these “required” texts.

10:30 AM – Finish reading Dolphin Adventure chapters 1 and 2 with Sydney. She informs me that her Auntie Amber swam with dolphins. Audrey told me that Uncle “Rynin” didn’t like the dolphins. I laugh at how much they remember. Sydney also tells me that dolphins are her favorite animal. I now wonder what happened to the kangaroos being her favorite? After school is done I tell the girls to go upstairs so they can play in their room while I make lunch.

11:00 AM – Had to text family members, and answer a call from my mother letting them all know that I do not currently need them, we are all perfectly safe and fine, and that Audrey was just calling everyone on my phone during school. Zachary began to get very angry, and tired, so I had to put him down for a nap. And I still had no idea what to make for lunch. I settle on cheese quesadilla, goldfish and string cheese.

11:30 AM – NAP TIME!!!!! My favorite time of the day! I put Audrey down for a nap, and tell Sydney to play with her ponies, or read books while I take a quick nap.

12:30 AM – Slept for a good 30 minutes and then gave up and began to read my book, Before the Dawn. I love it. I also spend this time ignoring my laundry pile that probably should be folded.

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I play with the kiddos, and get everyone ready until 1:40 PM when it’s time to leave the house. I drop Zachary off at my mother’s house and take the girls to the dentist.

2:30 PM – Both girls have teeth cleanings. Sydney is perfect and wonderful as always. She lets them x-ray her teeth, sits in the chair on the sea turtle pillow-pet like the big girl she is. I love her. :)

Audrey, on the other hand, is not thrilled. They asked her if she will let them do x-rays, she told me, “No!” in a sad, whiny voice. I was so happy that she let them clean her teeth that I told her it was okay, she doesn’t have to. So she turns to the hygienist and says, “I don’t have to!” Thank you, miss snoot!

Neither girl has any cavities. I felt like super mom at that moment. No their hair wasn’t done. But they have sparkly white teeth that don’t have any cavities. Success! The dentist told Sydney that she is still a long way off from a loose tooth. Sydney is very disappointed. Audrey’s bite is still off, and now that she has her 2-year-old molars they are hoping her 6-year-old molars will fix it. If they don’t she will have a re feral to orthodontics at that point. Audrey did not scream when they checked her teeth, again, SUCCESS! No pictures, boo! :(

4:00 PM – Grabbed Zachary from my mom’s, rush home and make dinner. Jordan should be home soon from his first day of class. I made what Jordan called a “real meal.” Salisbury Steak, with rice, green beans and garlic bread. I wish I would have taken a picture of that meal, it was so yummy!

Monday was a GREAT day. I hope the rest will be as good, but I know they probably won’t be as lovely and easy. [Hint: tomorrow is chaos πŸ˜‰ .]