It took me a year of homeschooling to finally feel like I am in total control. It is exhilarating. This has been the best week of homeschooling hands-down. It is not random or by chance that this has happened. I thought critically about what was working and what was not, and made changes accordingly.
- I am not not lounging in bed, snuggled in my fleece sheets, until the sun brightly glints through the blinds to wake me. Nope! My alarm is set for 6:30 and I am considering next week waking at 6:00am. I know my body does best when I get around 7 hours of sleep rather than 9 and I feel great physically.
- Waking early allows me time to work on my flylady routine. This week we are in zone 1 (dining room and entry way). I wish I took before and after pictures because you would be amazed (but I would not be brave enough to share the before). Too embarrassing. I am not done with the zones, especially my entry way, but the dining room looks great. Since this is where the girls and I gather to do lessons, or conference, have our meals and hang with friends, it feels good to not be surrounded by clutter.
- Getting up early allows me to focus on another new year’s goal...heath. We made so many changes last year that improved our family’s heath. However, I noticed our diet, especially that of my youngest, was lacking in nutrition. I was fully prepared for a full-on battle with Lilah but she surprised me. Her body let her know it was not getting what it needed and she listened to it! Over the past week she has been suffering from acid reflux. I did not want to take her to the doctor as I would not feel comfortable medicating this problem. It is not a fluke or the result of acidic, or fatty food. Masking it with Tums or a prescribed medication would not solve the cause of the problem. It was reassuring to hear from a trusted friend her daughter experienced the same symptoms and they were completely alleviated by a change in diet. I put her on a daily dose of apple cider vinegar and focused on having her eat more fruits and vegetables and less empty carbs and sugar. Because I am up early I have time to thoughtfully plan our meals for the day. This week for breakfast we have had gluten free pancakes with apples, homemade oatmeal with natural maple syrup, cereal with yogurt and banana, and today they requested oatmeal again. This time I am going to sauté some apples with a touch of butter and cinnamon to put on top. Before we would be rushed to start our day and grab cereal or worse yet, my youngest’s favorite, a bagel with cream cheese. Most days I would not eat, I would skip breakfast rushing to get together whatever we needed for the day. Now I am eating three meals a day as well.
|our breakfast in beautiful homemade pottery|
- Greg has helped by getting a head start on laundry. Before he leaves for work at 5:45am, he throws a load of laundry in for me. When I wake it is ready for the dryer. I can get two loads done before my coffee is ready. I still have to work on a routine for getting the laundry from the laundry room to the dressers and closets! My girls have to step it up in this!
- I am pleased as punch with our concentrated lessons. Monday was Language Arts, Tuesday was science, Wednesday was history and today more science. Throughout this math was constant. Grace likes the trial of Aleks and we will subscribe to that today. Lilah is plugging along with Singapore and is just about done with 2A. When the girls were done with history yesterday, Grace pulled out her story and completely edited and revised a whole page. This is something she hates to do but she was amazed at the difference in the quality of her writing. She did not need me to point it out to her. It was truly a “teachable moment”. She also began a new book, The Spiderwick Cronicles. Her friend is reading it as well. She is learning naturally that reading is a social activity as well as an educational one. She enjoys being able to talk about what books she and her friends have read. This is the first time I see an interest in reading what is suggested to her by others. I have often told her that as adults it will come up in conversation what books you have read. You can’t participate fully in the conversation if you are not well versed in popular and classic literature. She is beginning to see that first hand on a ten-year old scare. Again.....a “teachable moment”! I noticed that with our focus on just one concentration a day, the more interested they are in doing their other work as well! I will write more about our weekly accomplishments in the Weekly Wrap Up tomorrow.
|stuffed animal taxonomy|
|decorating our botany journals|
- I am keeping a control journal (a flylady suggestion) with handy dandy notebooking pages I picked up in the Staples Dollar Bin. I have room to list our daily appointments and lessons and I jot down our to-do list and a brief list of what we have done. We have accomplished much this week. I am completely satisfied with the amount, content and quality of their work.
It has been a great week, no a fabulous week, and it is not over yet!