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post #121 of 211
Oh, having my dh around really messes up our schedule as well. We had another good week here, loving the new schedule still yet. I have reading still yet to do w/ ds that was missed yesterday(we had a busy week this week and things got rearranged- so we had Science w/ experiment and Nature Study(we did geese as well at a local lake) both yesterday).

We did a few more projects this week which I liked, didn't make them to 2 other projects I had scheduled though. I am thinking I need to start working on my next schedule, we are planning a break at Thanksgiving and I think again at Christmas but I want it all planned out well before then. I need to add Geography into the schedule as well but need more planning on that.

Getting as much free read-aloud time as I want is still not happening. There are so many good books that I want to read to them! I also want them to have some time just to pick out what they want but generally that is at nighttime w/ daddy. I don't know I feel I want to do more but am already doing a fair amount.
post #122 of 211
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Daddy is still home this week so we haven't gotten as much done as I'd like. However, we did finish science and we've only got a little bit left of history. I love having DH around but he really interrupts the flow of our day.
We've got to watch a 2 part DVD series on ancient India this weekend.

Today will be a library run, pick out an Earth feature and an animal, buy ink for the printer, and pay the Target bill day.

We also started the easy readers a friend lent me yesterday. It went really well!!

Crud. This post was all about me. I'll be back to actually ask about you all when I resolve the bike conflict in the driveway.
Having Daddy home throws everything off, doesn't it?!

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We tend to do 4-5 weeks of school in the summer while dh is home on summer break (he teaches). I too love him home, but it totally makes our days flow differently. And as much as I know what the school year will bring in terms of work, stress, and being home after 5:30, I also love the routine the boys and I have when it's just us.

We had a rougher week than normal - mostly because I've hit the "I'm 30 weeks pregnant and cranky" phase. Overall, though, most everything was completed. I did postpone a science lab until next week (which actually works better because the three labs scheduled for next week should be done altogether and combined shouldn't take more than an hour), but otherwise we're pretty much on target in terms of what I wanted to accomplish.

Today we have US history (I think just reading), art, and nature study. I hope to get to the Nature Center today to find some ducks and geese (the subject of our Autumn outdoor hour challenge), but if we do, we need to go earlier rather than later - it's forecasted to be close to 90 today and only is going to get hotter as the weekend progresses. That doesn't fit in well with the "I'm 30 weeks pregnant and cranky" mood.
It was warm here today; 88 I think. I was very glad to spend most of the day in the air conditioned aquarium we went to for a field trip.

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Oh, having my dh around really messes up our schedule as well. We had another good week here, loving the new schedule still yet. I have reading still yet to do w/ ds that was missed yesterday(we had a busy week this week and things got rearranged- so we had Science w/ experiment and Nature Study(we did geese as well at a local lake) both yesterday).

We did a few more projects this week which I liked, didn't make them to 2 other projects I had scheduled though. I am thinking I need to start working on my next schedule, we are planning a break at Thanksgiving and I think again at Christmas but I want it all planned out well before then. I need to add Geography into the schedule as well but need more planning on that.

Getting as much free read-aloud time as I want is still not happening. There are so many good books that I want to read to them! I also want them to have some time just to pick out what they want but generally that is at nighttime w/ daddy. I don't know I feel I want to do more but am already doing a fair amount.
I've been trying to find audiobooks for some of our read-alouds. We tend to get to more good books if they can listen to one while I'm busy with something else, or while we're in the car, than if I have to read it all out loud. My voice gets hoarse and my throat hurts if I read as much to them as I want to! Librivox has been a good friend lately.
post #123 of 211
It's too hot here as well!! I'm ready for crisp air and sweaters. And this heat is throwing off our pumpkin harvest. Apparently, many farmers are putting pumpkins into cold storage so there will be jack o lanterns.
We got one of those giant hybrid pumpkins at a you pick place and I noticed two tiny bad spots on it. I wonder if it will make it to Hallows Eve?

MLW, I can't believe you are doing this preggers. I'm envious of you at the same time I think you may be nuts.
(I'd be TTCing if I were in shape again.)

I want to live less than 10 hours from an aquarium!!! The kids and I fell in love with Boston for the aquarium and the Thai food. I'm going with you next time, Jessica!

DH has a wonky schedule. Those darn hospitals NEVER close!
So when he's here, we have kind of somehow gotten into a routine of making him the star of the show. Which means I'm trying to get something done at 9:00 at night - not our best hour for learning.

He goes back tomorrow and then we'll all miss the crud out of him though.
post #124 of 211
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Oh, having my dh around really messes up our schedule as well. We had another good week here, loving the new schedule still yet. I have reading still yet to do w/ ds that was missed yesterday(we had a busy week this week and things got rearranged- so we had Science w/ experiment and Nature Study(we did geese as well at a local lake) both yesterday).

We did a few more projects this week which I liked, didn't make them to 2 other projects I had scheduled though. I am thinking I need to start working on my next schedule, we are planning a break at Thanksgiving and I think again at Christmas but I want it all planned out well before then. I need to add Geography into the schedule as well but need more planning on that.

Getting as much free read-aloud time as I want is still not happening. There are so many good books that I want to read to them! I also want them to have some time just to pick out what they want but generally that is at nighttime w/ daddy. I don't know I feel I want to do more but am already doing a fair amount.
We did our nature study, but never actually went out of the house. Are you doing the Autumn series from the Handbook of Nature blog as well? I read to the boys from the H.N.S. (ds#1 loved it; ds#2 was a bit distracted) and then we did the journal page - their drawings looked very nice. But it got too hot and I got too tired to leave the house.

Sometimes I wish I made more time for read-alouds as well. There are so many books - we own most of them but even the ones I find at the library. But then life takes over and I don't schedule the time to read to them.

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MLW, I can't believe you are doing this preggers. I'm envious of you at the same time I think you may be nuts.
(I'd be TTCing if I were in shape again.)
Don't worry - I think I'm nuts! This little one was a bit surprising to us; I'm just very thankful that physically I feel fine. In that regard it's been my easiest pregnancy. I'd probably also have a bit more energy if I went to bed by 10pm; but once I miss the initial "I'm tired" part, I'm up until at least midnight. Then there's kids waking in the middle of the night for something, dh's alarm at 5:45, my youngest is usually up at 7:30 though he'll typically crawl into bed with me and go back to sleep and then everyone is up by 8:30. Not that it'll be much better *after* the baby is born!
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Having Daddy home throws everything off, doesn't it?!


It was warm here today; 88 I think. I was very glad to spend most of the day in the air conditioned aquarium we went to for a field trip.


I've been trying to find audiobooks for some of our read-alouds. We tend to get to more good books if they can listen to one while I'm busy with something else, or while we're in the car, than if I have to read it all out loud. My voice gets hoarse and my throat hurts if I read as much to them as I want to! Librivox has been a good friend lately.
I gave in and put on the A/C today. I am thankful that I've only had to run it a handful of days this summer instead of the entire months of July and August. It looks deceiving outside - pretty fall blue sky, breeze blowing through the trees; it would have been gorgeous at the nature center if it weren't almost 90! I told the boys we'd go next week; I think it's supposed to maybe cool down by next Friday.

We've been checking out audio books at the library and once in a while we'll buy one (novels usually). My oldest loves listening to audio books. Ds#2 usually does as well. But ds#3 hasn't "grown up" listening to them nearly like his older two brothers (even though there's not a huge age difference between them) and he gets bored after a few minutes. They all love listening when I read to them, but like you, can only do it for so long before my voice starts to give out on me.
post #126 of 211
It has been hot again the past few days here as well.

MLW- Yes, we are doing the Outdoor Hour Autumn nature study. I am really, really liking it- basic things but things also that we can do field trips here and there to local places- it is stuff I don't think of- especially being such a newbie at this.

I have done a few audio books w/ ds but trying to find him a person cd player for quiet time. I got him an mp3 player to download songs and books as well.
post #127 of 211
Are you all having a good time with the handbook website? I have been reluctant to turn our science into a more formal nature study since we're doing 2 years worth of science this year.
We just finished a week of monarch butterfly studies. Now we're moving onto domesticated cats and zebras. Then we're going to study rainforests and lightning for earth science.

We're scienced out, I think!

I'm getting my period so I cried at the end of a buttefly book yesterday. That poor butterfly flew from Canada to Mexico to Canada and was all ragged and torn and then died.
My kids thought I was nuts.

It was freezing in the house this morning!! It's so weird to go from upper 80s to 50s in a matter of days. Freaky fall weather!

We're going to do some history, some readers, some Halloween books, and a tinch of science today. What are you all up to?
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Are you all having a good time with the handbook website? I have been reluctant to turn our science into a more formal nature study since we're doing 2 years worth of science this year.
We just finished a week of monarch butterfly studies. Now we're moving onto domesticated cats and zebras. Then we're going to study rainforests and lightning for earth science.

We're scienced out, I think!

I'm getting my period so I cried at the end of a buttefly book yesterday. That poor butterfly flew from Canada to Mexico to Canada and was all ragged and torn and then died.
My kids thought I was nuts.

It was freezing in the house this morning!! It's so weird to go from upper 80s to 50s in a matter of days. Freaky fall weather!

We're going to do some history, some readers, some Halloween books, and a tinch of science today. What are you all up to?
I love the Handbook blog and the challenges, though this year is the first time I'm actually getting them done (mostly because I wrote it in our plans and filed the necessary paperwork for each week). Barbara, the blog owner/writer of all the challenges, also has an art blog where she posts "Sketch Tuesday" - a sketching "prompt" that you can complete, scan, and email her for her weekly slideshow. This last week was our first time doing it - the prompt was to sketch something that floats. Ds#1 drew a bunch of balloons being held by a floating clown, ds#2 drew an airplane (there was much discussion between ds#1 and ds#2 as to whether the plane was technically "floating" or not ), and ds#3 eventually drew a balloon (amongst other doodles).

With all the science you are doing, you could probably just add a nature walk in with what you are already studying - the nature website has individual challenges listed down the right side of her website. For instance, here is an outdoor challenge on butterflies. But on the other hand, it may be too much to try and add anything else. We're fitting it in on Fridays; we do our formal science (REAL Science Odyssey) on Wednesdays and Thursdays and then do whatever challenge is next on Fridays - they are mostly disconnected because we are doing earth science this year (though in the winter there'll be one challenge on stars and the moon).

And 's on the crying at the end of the butterfly book. I can so understand though.
post #129 of 211
We walk our acreage almost everyday. It's new to us! So the challenge seemed a little boring for us right now. My kids are outside for several hours everyday. They currently love taking their umbrellas and wearing their new snowpants.
In 15 more weeks though, we start space! And the human body! Whee!

The student SSL book FINALLY came today!! I'm really excited!
post #130 of 211
Hey, where is everybody?!?
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I'm here. I about melted at the baseball field yesterday (103 degrees!), and ended up not watching ds#2's game so I could get ds#3 and me out of the heat. Today is supposed to be hotter, so we are staying inside. The good news is that Friday is supposed to be normal again, so I think we'll make the nature center.

We are back to WWE this week - but we are practicing Key Word Outlining in history this week and again next week in science. I also made a list of what I need to do before the baby is born (not teaching wise but planning wise) - it's a long list. Moving Latin to one chapter a week added a bunch of photocopying to my plate, but I agree with the boys that one chapter every two weeks was a bit slow and in some ways probably counter-productive to learning it well (I started with a chapter every other week because it seemed like so much material in each chapter, but I think stretching it out broke up the continuity). And our Growing with Grammar should be here in a day or two, so I can start mapping that out for the year (and probably integrating FLL 3 for ds#1 - I like FLL 3, but FLL 1 & 2 were so slow and boring for me).

I also ordered the boys' math books for the second half of the year. (I have no idea why I didn't do that when I ordered the books for the first half ... well, I know why I didn't with ds#1 because I wasn't sure if we were going to be able to accelerate him through Singapore 3A/B before Christmas, but I knew ds#2 would be done with SM 2A. Oh well, they will be on their way to me soon.) I'm excited too because ds#1 will start Life of Fred Fractions in January - I'm hoping he likes the program as much as dh and I do (we get a chuckle out of it and my math-guru dh has said it's a good program too).

What does everyone else have on their plates this week?
post #132 of 211
103- that is hot! So, happy to be past the blistering heat here! It was actually chilly this am!

School went well today. It was our first lesson on money, which he got pretty well. I split it up though, will finish tomorrow, didn't want to overwhelm him. I continue to be impressed w/ his ability to figure it out especially considering this is his first formal math. Reading is going better as well, we had a rough patch for a few weeks but seem to be past that now. Today was art and we used some new watercolor pencils I have, which look really neat. I am also impressed w/ how far his drawing writing abilities have came. He always loves our fables reading and Bible as well- always asking me to read more(cannot beat that)!

Today we finished Pippi(finally!) kept on reading this and that as well! Trying to pick our new chapter book for lunchtime read-aloud. By the way I am finally happy w/ our reading time- of course we could always read more but I think this is good. We are doing 30 min after lunch(not including of course read-alouds for school- lit- hist-science etc). Then 30 min at bedtime w/ daddy. Problem was at bedtime it kept getting pushed back but we have reorganized a bit and the new arrangement is working well. So, I feel pretty good with 1 hr a day.

This week is nature study w/ horses. We have one down the road we can look at but I was hoping they could get closer, not sure if I will be able to work that out though. Jennifer we love taking walks here and I have noticed that our focus has changed and we have all been more aware. Last week we didn't walk as much as usual and the kids were begging for it yesterday! They so missed our walks.

We are having a field trip to a HUGE rock place on Thurs w/ co-op= it is called Elephant Rocks and the kids are giddy about that!!!

On the schedule for tonight is Character study- self-responsibility. We will be reading some from the book of virtues and I think perhaps watching one of the virtue tv shows(available on-line).

I am currently also working on a huge list of free curriculum/resources compiling from different sources and will share it when done. I am trying to organize and label it in a way that is more usable for myself as well.
post #133 of 211
MLW, Dh and I heard how LA has temps of 113 right now and we both almost vomited. You must be over there in the heat somewhere.
We're waiting for our first frost soon - not that i'm bragging or anything.

I had a horrid day with the kids. I lost my cool. They tore my house apart. It was one of those days where I wished they were in school.

Ah well. Tomorrow, we'll start over.

I'm looking for cool lightning websites. Any ideas?

I can't wait for your list, Crunch!
post #134 of 211
We have not done much today. I am unhappy with our schedule/routine. I'm tweaking it a little . . . but I think the problem is that I just want to do too much.

We are starting the third chapter of SSL--that's going good. She's retaining a lot from the program; I'm really impressed with it. We don't have the teacher book or the cards, but it's still pretty easy to work through and fun. Greek, meh. Starting the second half of the alphabet. I'm just really not in a hurry with it . . .

DH did reading w/ dd coz I was exhausted and slept in. The baby is in a growth spurt and wants to nurse all the time, plus I've had a bit of insomnia. They butted heads . . . she is just such a perfectionist and does not cope well with correction and she wants to have immediate mastery of anything she tries. But they got through the material for the day.

Then I did math with her, we're doing a Sing 2A exercise + a Miquon sheet per day on average. In some ways I want Miquon to be our primary, and in some ways Singapore. We need review on place value and how to write large numbers, and I can't find our base 10 set since we moved

We're going to get our AAS lesson in and read-aloud before bed.

Just not a lot of time for art, music, science, history, etc.

How is everyone fitting it in? Would any of you all be willing to post your daily routine? I'm just having trouble settling in since the move and new baby and need some inspiration
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What does everyone else have on their plates this week?
Tomorrow is our homeschool character education class, Ready Set Happy. After that they have their first drawing lesson based on the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Wednesday we are picking apples and making applesauce. Wednesday evening is Nik's first Cub Scout meeting. Thursday we are canning applesauce and pears. Friday we have homeschool group. For the weekend we have the falling leaves festival in Marc's hometown. I'm exhausted already!!!

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I am currently also working on a huge list of free curriculum/resources compiling from different sources and will share it when done. I am trying to organize and label it in a way that is more usable for myself as well.
I can't wait to see it!

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I had a horrid day with the kids. I lost my cool. They tore my house apart. It was one of those days where I wished they were in school.

Ah well. Tomorrow, we'll start over.
*hug* I hate days like that.
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How is everyone fitting it in? Would any of you all be willing to post your daily routine? I'm just having trouble settling in since the move and new baby and need some inspiration
I don't have a baby, that's how we fit it all in. We also try to keep lessons short, Charlotte Mason style, except for history which my son begs to do a great deal of.

We start at 10am most days because they like a long time to play in the morning. I like it because it gives me time to get my housework and prepwork done.

This is what we do in a typical week, but we don't always do it in this order. I let Nik choose what order he wants to do things in most of the time. Sometimes Nik wants to do all of the Latin or grammar lessons in one day, or we end up doing art or science on the weekend when Daddy can participate. As long as our file folders are empty (or very close to empty) at the end of the week, I'm happy!

Nate does very little at this point, having just turned 5. He reads to me for a few minutes, he does HWoT for a few minutes, he does math stuff a couple of times per week, and he listens or joins in on whatever else interests him.

Monday
History: 45 min (with lots of read-alouds)
Copywork: part of history
Math: 30 min
Grammar: 5 min
Latin: 15 min
Reading: 15 min (plus he reads on his own at other times of the day)
Break for lunch & play
Quiet time in their room from 1pm-2pm
Literature/Read-Alouds: 30 min (plus Daddy reads aloud at bedtime)
Picture Study: 10 min

Tuesday
History: 45 min (with lots of read-alouds)
Copywork: part of history
Math: 30 min
Literature/Read-Alouds: 30 min (plus Daddy reads aloud at bedtime)
Break for lunch & play
Homeschool Group Classes
Nature Study (if we don't get to it we do it on the weekend)
Reading: 15 min (plus he reads on his own at other times of the day)

Wednesday
History: 45 min (with lots of read-alouds)
Copywork: part of history
Math: 30 min
Latin: 15 min
Grammar: 5 min
Spelling: 15 min
Composer Study: 15 min
Break for lunch & play
Quiet time in their room from 1pm-2pm
Literature/Read-Alouds: 30 min (plus Daddy reads aloud at bedtime)
Reading: 15 min (plus he reads on his own at other times of the day)

Thursday
History: 30 min (with lots of read-alouds)
Copywork: part of history
Math: 30 min
Latin: 15 min
Reading: 15 min (plus he reads on his own at other times of the day)
Spelling: 15 min
Break for lunch & play
Quiet time in their room from 1pm-2pm
Literature/Read-Alouds: 30 min (plus Daddy reads aloud at bedtime)
Grammar: 5 min
Art: 30 min

Friday
Sometimes we have homeschool group so we plan ahead and do some of this work earlier in the week, or save it for the weekend.
History: 30 min (with lots of read-alouds)
Math: 20 min
Reading: 15 min (plus he reads on his own at other times of the day)
Break for lunch & play
Quiet time in their room from 1pm-2pm
Literature/Read-Alouds: 30 min (plus Daddy reads aloud at bedtime)
Science: 30 min

Weeks like this one are not so nice and tidy, though! We'll get to what we can.
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103- that is hot! So, happy to be past the blistering heat here! It was actually chilly this am!

This week is nature study w/ horses. We have one down the road we can look at but I was hoping they could get closer, not sure if I will be able to work that out though. Jennifer we love taking walks here and I have noticed that our focus has changed and we have all been more aware. Last week we didn't walk as much as usual and the kids were begging for it yesterday! They so missed our walks.

We are having a field trip to a HUGE rock place on Thurs w/ co-op= it is called Elephant Rocks and the kids are giddy about that!!!

On the schedule for tonight is Character study- self-responsibility. We will be reading some from the book of virtues and I think perhaps watching one of the virtue tv shows(available on-line).
Well, it wasn't 103 today ... it was 109!!! : : : Tomorrow is supposed to be at least 100, and then though it's supposed to "cool down" to a mere mid- to upper-90's, it is supposed to get humid. Oh, I can feel myself melting already.

I was hoping to take the kids to the local stables on Friday for our nature study, but I'm not sure I'll want to leave the house if it's hot and humid. I'm cranky when it's hot anyway; I'm cranky when I'm 31 weeks pregnant; the two mixed together are not a good combination. :roftlmao

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MLW, Dh and I heard how LA has temps of 113 right now and we both almost vomited. You must be over there in the heat somewhere.
We're waiting for our first frost soon - not that i'm bragging or anything.

I had a horrid day with the kids. I lost my cool. They tore my house apart. It was one of those days where I wished they were in school.

Ah well. Tomorrow, we'll start over.

I'm looking for cool lightning websites. Any ideas?

I can't wait for your list, Crunch!
Yep, though we were cold in comparison - 109 degrees. See above for an overview of our week's weather.

And 's. Some days are tough like that ... today I had a similar thought about ds#3 being in preschool. But then he does something that makes me smile and I realize that I want him home. But oh boy are some days harder than others.

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We have not done much today. I am unhappy with our schedule/routine. I'm tweaking it a little . . . but I think the problem is that I just want to do too much.
How is everyone fitting it in? Would any of you all be willing to post your daily routine? I'm just having trouble settling in since the move and new baby and need some inspiration
Have you read The Latin Centered Curriculum? We don't follow it completely (honestly, I don't typically use the curriculum suggestions from LCC or WTM), but it gave me a lot to think about in terms of how much I wanted to do, when I wanted to do it, etc.

We do Latin, math, spelling, and writing (WWE or IEW) first. Then we tend to break and have lunch. During lunch and just after we do memory work and MCT Island language arts (analyzing a sentence from Practice Island and then reading from one of the four books - grammar, sentences, Latin roots or poetry). Then we do our elective for the day: two days are world history (History Odyssey), two days are science, and then Fridays are US history, art, and nature study. But, also by Friday we should be done with spelling, writing, grammar (FLL or GWG) and MCT. So, Fridays (in theory) are only Latin, math, and our electives.

This schedule has worked well with an older toddler/preschooler, but I will have to check back in after the New Year - that's when we'll start back up after our holiday/maternity break. If this baby is more like ds#2 (decent sleeper and liked the sling) then we should be okay. If it's like ds#3 (didn't sleep much at all and hated the sling and only wanted me to hold him in my arms w/out assistance), then we are in trouble. If the baby is similar to ds#1, it'll be hit and miss depending on the day.
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How is everyone fitting it in? Would any of you all be willing to post your daily routine? I'm just having trouble settling in since the move and new baby and need some inspiration
I'm probably not trying to do as much as you but I think our kids are similar ages. I'm homeschooling my 6 year old for first grade, plus I have a baby and a three year old that throw a huge wrench into the deal . Plus, my 6 y.o. is also a huge perfectionist and does not respond well to correction, wants to know how to do everything immediately without practice .. so I totally relate to that.

Anyway, here's our rhythm thus so far. I'm also trying to do short, CM style lessons.
Get up, have breakfast, get started right away.
Math 10-15 minutes
AO reading - generally one poem, then a fable or story which he narrates
Phonics/reading - 15-30 minutes
Copywork - he writes one sentence from whatever story we read that day

So that's our core, we stop and have a snack, then we either do history (SOTW - 2 days a week) or a science lesson from BFSU (2 days a week) or a Spanish CD-ROM we have (3 days a week). So that would be our mornings, and I have nature study and art scheduled for various afternoons but honestly that hasn't really been happening. And really, we sometimes don't get to the morning extras either .. I'm going easy on myself though, it's hard to get stuff done with high-maintenance little ones around. What we do do every day is our core (math, narrations, phonics and copywork). It's not as exciting as the other stuff but it's important so I make sure to get it done. With numerous interruptions and breaks it takes us 1 1/2 hours. HTH!
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Well, it wasn't 103 today ... it was 109!!! : : : Tomorrow is supposed to be at least 100, and then though it's supposed to "cool down" to a mere mid- to upper-90's, it is supposed to get humid. Oh, I can feel myself melting already.
Yikes! Being pregnant in the heat is rough. Both my kids were summer babies. Honestly, how you are managing to keep up with everything you're doing is beyond me! We took the summer "off" even though I have full intentions of year-round schooling just because I was overwhelmed with the pregnancy, moving, the heat, and I had a pretty major oral surgery. So we let the hs go for about the last trimester.

Thanks for the tip on the LCC. I do have that book and have been pretty inspired by it; I will go back through and see what I can pare down. Problem is, this girl just can't seem to follow a recipe so I always end up subbing out and picking and choosing so much that we end up with our usual eclectic/classical mix. *shrug*

I think a big part of what's throwing us off is that the baby doesn't crash out for the night til around 1am, then nurses several times throughout, so when dd wakes, I'm still really unrested. By the time we get brek and dressed, it's after 10, and our most productive time is before lunch.

Also the fact that I am super-emphasizing the literacy until it clicks here. Last year I was really laid-back about it. I think homeschool will be soooo much easier once she's independently reading :fingerscrossed

Here's our sched fwiw:
wake around 9-10 w/ babe
turn on SSL while prepping breakfast
somehow an hour disappears here
about 20 minutes give or take for both Classical Langs.
eat brek somewhere in here, usually the babe has AM nap in sling
Phonics Pathways (she does not enjoy it, but the reading is vastly improving since we started locking down on it every day) abt 15 mins.
Miquon, one sheet or so 10-15 min
Spectrum Little Critter Reading, Lv 1-almost done!
Read aloud a few poems from A Child's Own Book of Verse, Bk 1 (awesome collection, btw!)
Sometimes copywork from the poetry, abt 2x/wk
Lunch, send her to play outside

After lunch it pretty much falls apart
Try and do:
Singapore math, 1+ exercise
AAS
Either Science or SS activity?
Music?
Art?

So you can see that we have a ton of literacy activities in there . . . and with the double math (neither of which I am willing to let go of), there just isn't room for much else. And no time for chores The core stuff has been getting done, though, and it's pretty solid

I am thinking of doing core work M-Th and then doing the electives all on Friday.


Oh, btw, that readysethappy looks great!
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I had a horrid day with the kids. I lost my cool. They tore my house apart. It was one of those days where I wished they were in school.
We all have those sometimes! Hope today goes better. Haven't ran across any particular resources specific for lightning? How about checking videos at howstuffworks.com All kinds of stuff there.

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We have not done much today. I am unhappy with our schedule/routine. I'm tweaking it a little . . . but I think the problem is that I just want to do too much.
How is everyone fitting it in? Would any of you all be willing to post your daily routine? I'm just having trouble settling in since the move and new baby and need some inspiration
daily routine here:
6-6:30 me up
7am- kids up(usually)- hygiene-make beds
7:30am- start cooking bfast and do a bit of cleaning, laundry etc
8am eat bfast- clear table
8:30- do a bit of cleaning or what else needs to be done/start school if it is tuesday(we go to the library this day so start earlier)
9am school-10am
in changing order-
religion(read aloud from bible, saints book, or religion book- narrate)
HWOT( a few pages from K book)
lit (read aloud- fable, fairy story, poem, or shakespeare)
right start math
(adding in SSL next week)
10 am snack and a bit of play time for the kids, mommy takes comp time or does some work that always needy to be done! Like to take walks during this time as well.
11:am project time - this rotates between Nature Study/Science/History/Art

12am- lunch time
12:30-1 read aloud time
1:3yo down for quiet time
1pm Reading time- I See Sam- for ds- this takes 10-20 min
quiet time until 3-3:30pm


That is a basic schedule. Still working on adding in geography and music. Current schedule works well though.

We only school 4 days a week. Fridays we do co-ops which is not classes but just play and field trips which I like.

We just started Char. Edu as well but that will be family time.

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Tomorrow is our homeschool character education class, Ready Set Happy. After that they have their first drawing lesson based on the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Wednesday we are picking apples and making applesauce. Wednesday evening is Nik's first Cub Scout meeting. Thursday we are canning applesauce and pears. Friday we have homeschool group. For the weekend we have the falling leaves festival in Marc's hometown. I'm exhausted already!!!
Sounds like an awesome week as well!!! The character program looks good as well. Let us know how Cub Scouts go- I am looking into ds joining but evidently there is currently a restructuring going on in the pack so it is taking awhile.

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Well, it wasn't 103 today ... it was 109!!! : : : Tomorrow is supposed to be at least 100, and then though it's supposed to "cool down" to a mere mid- to upper-90's, it is supposed to get humid. Oh, I can feel myself melting already.

Have you read The Latin Centered Curriculum? We don't follow it completely (honestly, I don't typically use the curriculum suggestions from LCC or WTM), but it gave me a lot to think about in terms of how much I wanted to do, when I wanted to do it, etc.
I wouldn't be going out in that heat either. We had that in August and we stayed home!!!

Ditto on LCC Love that book, don't follow it explicitly either.

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I'm probably not trying to do as much as you but I think our kids are similar ages. I'm homeschooling my 6 year old for first grade, plus I have a baby and a three year old that throw a huge wrench into the deal .
I have similiar ages! A 6 yo, 3.5, and 10 mo. old.

My 3y.o. listens some plays alot. Likes to do lots of coloring and painting. The 10 mo is playing around or attached to my boob usually. Sometimes napping.
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I think a big part of what's throwing us off is that the baby doesn't crash out for the night til around 1am, then nurses several times throughout, so when dd wakes, I'm still really unrested. By the time we get brek and dressed, it's after 10, and our most productive time is before lunch.

Also the fact that I am super-emphasizing the literacy until it clicks here. Last year I was really laid-back about it. I think homeschool will be soooo much easier once she's independently reading :fingerscrossed

So you can see that we have a ton of literacy activities in there . . . and with the double math (neither of which I am willing to let go of), there just isn't room for much else. And no time for chores The core stuff has been getting done, though, and it's pretty solid

I am thinking of doing core work M-Th and then doing the electives all on Friday.
I think doing the electives on Fri could work. Perhaps throwing in a break after lunch for you and the kids- scheduled break. Then hitting the rest of the stuff. Just a thought. Or could dh take over a subject when he gets home and let you get a break or catch up w/ some chores. (not sure your dh's schedule- sorry if it has been mentioned my memory is horrible!)

So, ds had to show dh his work w/ money yesterday. Then dh started going over it with him some more. They both had a blast. We were supposed to just be doing nickels and pennies but then he did dimes as well. WE just did up to 10c combos, but dh did up to 20c w/ him. And all he could talk about was how fun it was! I was going to keep him on this lesson another day but I think he is more than ready to move on now.

Did char ed last night. It was a good intro, I hope to make it a Mon evening tradition. We also had an hr long walk outside which was glorious, dd picked tons of wild flowers found some great looking turkey feathers and examined coyote poop!

Today we are going up the road to check out the horse and bring it carrots to see if we can get it a little closer! MLW I didn't even think of reading out of HNS for the kids, but think I will do that this time.

Today is storytime at the library, she does tons of songs and games and always has a little activity afterward, the kids love it. Then we have lunch w/ daddy and will be doing the park w/ homeschool group. Plan on going to see the Owl movie after that!
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