Sunday, September 21, 2014

Homeschool Schedule

Before I started homeschooling 2 weeks ago I thought "I am going to have a schedule and we will get x, y, and z done every day!"  And 3rd week in and that has all went out the window...

Let me tell you why.

I originally thought that I could do the 'school time' in the morning for about an hour while my husband played with our 2 year old.  Which was a great idea in theory. In my post Why I Am Homeschooling my number 1 reason is so that they don't lose time with daddy.  By doing school in the morning Z lost all that time with daddy and since we normally ran over the hour time frame because we were enjoying it, he didn't barely see daddy at all.  

So after the first week of doing it that way we came to the decision that we will do school time when we can throughout the day.  I found this much easier.  Last week we did all of the sit down school stuff when K went for his afternoon nap and turned everything into a learning experience.  

Then at the end of the week I realized that I really didn't know what we had accomplished even though I had written down our sit down school time to record it.  This week we will be switching it up a little more.  

I printed out a week's worth of a daily planner to try it out.  Each day I wrote activities and the subject we would be doing.  The goal is to cover all of the topics on that day.  The first week will be the trial to see if it works or if we need to add or cut items out.  But this way I feel a little more in control and if I have everything on my list checked off for the day, I know that we are done.

So far we love homeschooling and most days Z says something similar to "we didn't do school today!" because learning throughout the day doesn't seem like school.  Especially when you are having fun!

How do you schedule your day?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Homemade Energy - Sports Drink

My husband has a love for Gatorade, Monster drinks, and other things that act like they are good for you but aren't.  So I decided to tackle this challenge and find a drink that can cut those things out of his diet while giving him the good stuff.  I found a recipe on Mom it Forward.  I followed the recipe except left out the B100 capsules because I couldn't find them where I was.  And as I was looking through other recipes I found that green tea is frequently used for caffeine among other natural qualities.

So we juiced all of the fruit (my little helper kept helping himself to it!).

Once I have the juice mixture done I put it in a pitcher.  Then I make the green tea in a separate container.  The kids like the juice and it is great to mix with water for my son at soccer.  

We bought a gallon drink cooler that hubby takes to work with him every day. I double the fruit recipe and use about 1/3 of that and add about 1/2 of the pitcher of tea.  Then I add water and ice to fill it up. He uses the agave nectar to make it to his taste and he has a great drink that he likes and is also better for him!  Hope you like it as much as we do.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

1st Day of Homeschool Kindergarten

I have been preparing for this day for about 3 weeks now and was very overwhelmed with all of the curriculum choices and nervous about doing it right or wrong.  Another thing we have run into a lot was random strangers asking my son if he is ready for school.  I was determined to start our school at the same time as public schools so that he doesn't have to come up with any excuses or reasons for strangers.  So today was the day!

I worked hard getting his desk refinished and stained, but I didn't get it completely done.  This weekend I will finish it up with a last coat and finishing the roll-top portion of it.  He still loves having his own desk and pretty much sat at it every chance he could today!

Hubby doesn't normally have to work until around noon every day so we are doing our schooling mainly in the morning.  The plan is to not stress too much about time and getting things done on a strict schedule.

Today we woke up around 8, ate breakfast and around 9:30 we started school.  Hubby took care of the toddler while we did our core subjects.  We have a dry erase calendar and he wrote all of the numbers in the appropriate spots.  Then we focused on writing his full name in capital and lower case letters.  We went through sight word flashcards and reviewed ones we have already done.

I decorated our school area with posters I found at the dollar store and one is the layers of the earth. He was very interested in this and decided he wanted to do an earth craft.

After the toddler took his nap and he did his quiet time we took a field trip to the library and played and checked out some books.

When we got home we did our Earth craft.  All in all I think we had a pretty good day and he was pretty happy about it so it is a win win.  The best part is that I can have hugs whenever I want!