2 days in….

We are two days into our new school curriculum and it is going great! When I say that our curriculum is eclectic, it is not an exaggeration. We have put together a curriculum that looks chaotic, but instead it works very well for us. And our kids are loving it! They are actually having fun, which is a huge step for us, especially our oldest, who absolutely hates school. Here is a sample of our daily schedule:

9am- breakfast/chores

10am- Math (www.allinonehomeschool.com) We use 1st grade math for our 5 year old and Pre Algebra for our 13 year old.

10:30- Vocabulary for our 13 year old. We are using materials from http://www.TampaReads.com. Our 5 year old plays learning games on http://www.abcya.com

11:00- snack/break

11:15- History (www.allinonehomeschool.com) We do this subject together. We are studying Geography

11:45- Science (www.allinonehomeschool.com) We also do this subject together. We are studying Zoology

12:15- Spelling (www.spellingcity.com) They each work on their spelling words independently

12:30- Lunch

1:30- Phys Ed (either Yoga or Zumba together as a group)We pick videos from Youtube.

2:00- Reading. 13 year old is really struggling in this class so we spend 15 minutes each day with him reading me a story. While he is reading to me, 5 year old plays on http://www.starfall.com. The last 15 minutes of class, our 13yo plays on http://www.learn4good.com while our 5yo reads to me from (www.allinonehomeschool.com) We use Getting Ready 2, but only for the reading.

This is just our starting off point. I am sure along the way, we will find other things to add/delete or change. In the meantime, we our having fun learning 🙂

Separating Home and School

When I started homeschooling, I didn’t think it was even possible to separate home and school. How do you even do that? And what does that even look like?

At first, homeschooling was taking up all of my time. Between the actual schooling, the grading of papers, the schedule and curriculum planning. There was no separation between home and school. I schooled all of the time. I realized that wasn’t really working for me. I needed time outside of school. Now, I am setting a time limit. At 4pm everyday, we stop all things related to school. No grading papers, no schedules being made. It is strictly family time. Whatever doesn’t get done in that time gets done tomorrow. If you don’t set your time limit, you will gradually begin to make school your whole life. And although school is a huge part of our lives, we need our own time to find out who we are when we are not teachers.

So I am leaving you with this challenge. Set your goal and stick to it. Keep your schedule. Take time out for yourself. And never, ever let homeschool become too overwhelming or stressful. It will not work for you or your children.