I've had many people ask me how I "do" home school so I decided to write a bit about our day. Keep in mind though that what works for us may not work for you and that I am continually learning and discovering new ideas and trying new ways...some are keepers, some most definitely are not!
I already wrote a post on why I'm now homeschooling and some very basic thoughts on what I believe so I'm just going to skip all that and go straight to my current days :)
Some mornings I wake up full of fire(and according to my kids...brimstone, but let's not believe everything we hear!) ready to go...full tilt...corrections done and done, marks recorded, every jot taken care of. Other mornings I pull the pillow over my head, groan and pretend that I don't need to get going while miserable thoughts float through my mind. Why am I doing this? How can I possibly be doing this? Where's the nearest school!!!!!??? I wanna get out of here!! book a vacation and not hear any more whining and groaning and sighs and suffer through more dirty looks when I demand study time and homework passed in.....tell me I'm not the only one here!?
Thankfully I'm not doing this alone...God is. This year He gave me a promise that I'm holding on to even if I have to tie a knot some days ;)
Deuteronomy 5:29...in a world that's falling fast...this is why...for my children...I drew a line...and I'm standing firm...for my children...that it may be well with them. What a promise!
There are 3 main words that I follow every day or try to...hahahha. I cannot fathom doing this without them even if I am a perfectionist. I just can't fathom how!
School at our house is a priority. Everyday I know what I am doing...school. It comes first. Before play, before phone calls, before visiting, before anything. Now life happens sometimes and the convenience of home school is flexibility BUT I never take advantage of that. If I have people at my house I still do school...they know that, I know that, and the kids know that. Depending on the situation I will often make the days easier and shorter, once in a while even call the day off BUT we always always keep going or catch ourselves back up. PRIORITY! I do not want to do school all year or even till June...if we didn't make school a priority we would easily get off track, behind and either miss things or have to work later.
Here in my top 2 drawers are all the tests, quizzes, worksheets, calendars, report forms etc. all organized and colour coded by grade. The grade 2 work has been organized by day so that each morning we just go get our current day's work from the file and they are all set.
Yes I do all tests and quizzes. I will allow them to skip a test with 10 perfect quizzes or do an open book once in a blue moon for quizzes. This is especially helpful when life happens :) Yes I do semester exams...it helps me know how each child is doing and what areas we need to work on. I also issue report cards :)
Piano is scheduled into their school day and helps to make sure they do it every day and also keeps the piano from getting clogged up with all girls wanting to practice at the same time :) Voice is practiced after homework time.
To help keep up with our housework and laundry you guessed it....schedules. Everyday has a list of things I need to do with one major chore done per day. This way if the kids need to do a chore they can go to the chart and pick something off of the list. We all work together on Saturday doing a family cleanup.
This is a little glimpse into our homeschooling day. I believe in teaching my kids obedience, responsibility, a good work ethic, and respect. I try to remember that I am not perfect by any stretch of the imagination and temper my expectations for each child keeping in mind age, experience and capability.