I’ve felt guilty for being so negative in my last post. The momma/teacher I was the first day of school was NOT how I wanted to kick off the school year.
That night when I was stuffing my face with comfort food God spoke to me about my bad attitude. I wasn’t being a good example of how to deal with new things. I had just talked to the girls about how if they are trying something new and they don’t get it right off the bat to not freak out. Taking it slow and practice makes perfect… Hello I was acting just like my nine and six year old but maybe a little more psycho.
After I adjusted my attitude and thought happy thoughts I went to bed.
Tuesday morning I didn’t stress about the alarm, got up, made strong coffee, made a delicious breakfast and put my big girl pants on and walked into the school room with positive thoughts.
We had a great day and I wasn’t as lost trying to use the teacher's manuals. I did delegate Hubby to teach Science and be the Math sub. What a HUGE blessing to have my hubby give me a helping hand. He is truly one of a kind. Our Bria (pictured below) graduated to the reading mats (previously kennel bound due to bad behavior) and is now so much more enjoyable to do school with.
By Friday we were on a roll and totally enjoying it. We also went to our first homeschool organized Co-Op and the girls LOVED it. I’m happy because two of my favorite HS momma buddies are also part of the group and our kids enjoy being with each other.
Despite all the positives I’m still in the mind frame that since we homeschool I need to run this super tight ship. When I was homeschooled (HS) as a kid it wasn’t very popular to be a homeschooler and I remember my mom making sure that we didn’t do anything until after school hours in public. Oh MY how things have changed. Now I feel that we can be more liberal with taking the kids to the grocery store mid-day if need be. One of the many reasons we decided to HS was so we could do school AROUND our schedule. That would mean our schedule would be different from everyone else’s: correct? I still find it ironic that no one ever questions homeschooled athletes or stars about being sheltered or weird.
This year I decided to change the curriculum for a few reasons… We were using ACE Math and it was a constant battle to get anything done, but when we were getting anything done it was usually a tearful advent. This year we went with Saxon Math for Chickpea and even though it is only the second week, she loves it, and is actually asking to do Math!
BIG WIN for Mom!
For Ladybug I’m finishing up the Horizons Math K book and then starting Miquon Math. Ladybug has always loved Math so it’s waiting to see how see likes the new stuff.
I was not impressed with the program I used with Ladybug for kindergarten last year so I bought this program second hand and LOVE it! It is Institute for Excellence in Writing. I'm using it for Reading and Writing and Ladybug just loves it and is already reading so much better.
I had planned to just use Story of the World for History (SOTW). They have great extra reading recommendations, which the girls enjoy going to the Library to pick out. I like ACE Social Studies because you learn things you would NEVER learn in public school. For example I introduced my hubby to Dietrich Bonheoffer whom I learned about in school (I used ACE as a kid) but my hubby had no idea who this guy was. So I may end up ordering ACE Social Studies again and supplementing with SOTW. When time permits we are using 50 States and where to find them (a FREE download from Homeschool Giveaways) for our Geography and also Kids Guide to American History.
We are using Apologia Science for the girls. We are doing Zoology 1, which covers every thing that flies. Hubby seems to having just as much fun as the girls are. The girl’s favorite thing about this is they each get their own journal. Another great thing about is that it recommends doing science 3-4 days a week. This has been Fabulous for my hubby’s schedule.
I am continuing to use ACE for English/Grammar, Spelling, Creative Writing and Literature. When tested this last year Chickpea scored above grade level in all 3 so I figure if it isn’t broken why fix it? I am adding English from the Roots Up for no other reason than because I want to.
This year I’m teaching them Sign Language and attempting Latin. I’m using SongSchool Latin. I can’t really say how I like it because I just got it in the mail today, but I’m excited to start. I can’t wait to use Discovering the Great Artist this year. Since living in Italy I have a new respect for Art and hope to share that with the girls.
We start each morning with our Mother daughter devotional. I’m not in love with The One Year Mother Daughter Devo, just because it’s probably better suited for older girls. If I feel the subject isn’t for them then we just read the scripture for the day. Either way it is the Perfect way to start the day.
It is going to be an interesting year since we just found out the hubby got a new job in the Air Force and will be being packing up the house sometime in April. We are excited about this even though we have no idea where we might go. There are only 4 choices, but I hope they let us know soon.
Have a blessed weekend!