Saturday, August 21, 2010

Homeschooling has been going well. We started on Tuesday and completed a half day. We did the other half on Wednesday and then began full days on Thursday. It has been exciting, fun, and, at times, challenging. With my girls being so young, I have to find things for them to do with us at the table so they aren't getting into stuff. Plus, Ta was sick so he was home with us, too. I had to juggle my roles as teacher, mom, and nurse this past week. Not an ideal way to start the year but it went well and we pushed on!

Overall it's going to be a great year! School, on average, takes us between 2 1/2 and 3 hours to get done. I like the routine that we've started but more importantly, the flexibility is great! Plus, since I'm home for a dedicated amount of time, I can get stuff done around the house while Th is completing assignments. Most of the housework and laundry is done during the week, freeing up our weekends to spend time with TJ. It's been great! We've been following this schedule since the end of June and have only made minor tweaks since school began.

We have some awesome field trips planned for this year (I know because I'm helping to plan some of them!), one of which is to the airport and an aircraft museum. Y'all know how much I enjoy being around aircraft! It's sort of an obsession that began when I was a child. The great thing is that I get to bring all of my children with me on the field trips, not just Th. I am planning some stuff to do at home to prepare everyone before we go on each trip to enhance the learning experiences. It requires a bit more planning and investment of time, but it's time well-spent! We get to be together and truth be told, I am looking forward to the day all my kids will be homeschooled!