|I got my workspace cleaned off and ready to go. |
Add coffee and a cool drink and I'm on it!
With all the changes and "maturity" that we are experiencing, I should have expected that there would be no hiccups for our first day. WRONG! First of all, my hubby recommended I just get up with him so I could get the kids up on time. My daughter came in at 2 AM saying she hadn't fallen asleep yet. We prayed and I sent her back to bed with a few suggestions to remedy why she couldn't sleep. Then hubby's alarm went off earlier than I thought I had agreed to. Well, I kissed him goodbye and fell back asleep thinking my 7 AM alarm would wake me in time to get things done. Yeah, I must have ninja skills in my sleep because I don't remember shutting off my 7AM alarm. I awoke at 7:30 and did my morning Bible reading and slowly got around to waking my kids up at 7:50. Not a good habit to keep. So it was after 9 AM that the chores were finally completed and breakfast eaten and we were able to begin the day.
|The optimal week schedule.|
So another discipline that I've never implemented is self-motivation and record-keeping. I have typed up lesson plans by subject and then put them on a planner sheet and then typed them into my record-keeping app and then adjusted according to the type of week we have. That's a lot of work to keep rewriting things. I listened to a webinar by Kim Sorgius from Not Consumed and it really put me into a new mindset. If we were a younger homeschool family, I would have bought most of her material. Through trial and error, I have already created similar templates that work for our family. My students now have blank planning sheets with their subjects listed down the left column and blank squares for each weekday where the kids fill in what they did each day instead of me writing and rewriting it for them. Seriously, if the child doesn't understand that Unit 3, lesson 4 comes after Unit 3, lesson 3, then I've done a terrible job thus far considering their ages. My weekly schedule is also patterned after Kim's.
Here are my 2 students on their first day of 9th and first day of 7th grade! Aren't they cute!
First day of high school and first day of 7th grade
Here's to a great school year! Hopefully you'll hear from me in less than a year this time!