My day didn’t turn out exactly the way I had planned. We were going to do a writing assignment in the afternoon but instead I decided to perform the lovely chore of taking the garbage to the dump. It’s really a gross job. With the cooling temperatures, however, it’s not AS bad. Only a few maggots to contend with. 🙂 And when I got home I noticed that I’d forgotten a bag of garbage. Grrr. How irritating. 😡
We read a book when we came home and then I set the children free to do whatever they wanted which, of course, was to go on the computer. I don’t usually let them go on it during the day, unless it’s for educational purposes, until about 4:00 or 5:00 pm.
I am realizing that I have to get a better daily routine set up. At the moment, our mornings are very relaxed. The problem with that it’s a challenge to get to down to business. They get to watch a bit of tv, but I think I’ll eliminate that. (I’m sure I’ll get some resistance!) I’d like to see us wake up, get dressed, have breakfast, do chores, and then be schooling by 9:00 am. That’s what I’d LIKE to see. It can be a goal to strive for by the end of the year.
I also need to set educational goals. For the past two years, all I had to worry about was math and language arts. Now I’ve taken on the rest of the subjects, (science, social studies, art, phys-ed and music) I’ve got to get better organized. Get a plan.
I know that I want them to do Math and reading/writing every day. Social studies may taken care of in the afternoon with literature/biographies that I will read to them. Science could be once or twice per week. These lessons will involve experiments along with a sheet to fill in on the experiment. We will do physical education by making sure we do some kind of activity for an hour daily. For ex: a walk, bike ride, sledding, swimming, etc. They also are now enrolled in a gym program once per week. They went for their first class this past Tues night and loved it. They both were very excited on the drive home. They’re in a music program called Big Drum on Mondays which, again, they’re quite excited about. I may or may not look into an art tutor, and I’ll find some appropriate books to read and talk about for health.
I’m looking forward to joining the local homeschooling support group. I need the interaction with other parents so that I both get motivated and not get burnt out.
That’s enough rambling for now.