Wednesday, September 5, 2007

School Days

We officially started school this week despite my desire to be completely organized. (I am not sure if it is possible for me to ever be organized!) I am taking it slow and working our way into a routine to see what works best. This is my first year of officially teaching three children and while I did work with Pete and Re-Pete a little last year I am beginning phonics and more math with them this year. My challenge at this point is our two little distractions. While Tank wants to do some things with us, Missy Blue just wants to be in the way, trying to get attention. I am trying to schedule our time so that one or two children are always playing with the little ones while I work with another child. Hopefully that will work out better as everyone gets adjusted to actually having a routine again. I also am going to try spending one-on-one time with Tank and Missy Blue right away in the morning to see if that helps them to not be so needy for attention. Despite the distractions I was thankful that George was excited to be doing school work again. He has dreaded it most of the summer but he told me yesterday that it actually was fun. Now, if only Mommy can keep the learning fun!

I am very thankful that we will be doing history in the evenings with Daddy. It is sure to be a good time as a family and we will be able to do more hands on projects which we all enjoy. We will begin that next week. For any of you using history timelines please let me know what works best for you. We will use Mystery of History but I am not sure I like the idea of a big timeline on a foldable sewing board.

Unfortunately I have no pictures for the moment. My camera battery is dead and of course the charger is in some location that I have not found as of yet. Things walk off so easily around here and I will find them in the most bizarre spots! I sure feel as if I am losing my mind at times!

The baby arrives in 8 weeks! All is well, although I am ready for the fall temperatures to arrive when I usually love the heat. I have braxton hicks aplenty and a very active baby who doesn't seem to be able to ever get in a comfortable position. Ouch! I can't even fathom how I did this when I had our twins.


hsmom210 said...

The time goes so quickly, summer is over! I will pray for your delivery!

Lord bless, Theresa

Anonymous said...

I am really digging our Book of the Centuries for our American History timeline. Each two page spread is supposed to span 100 years (although we might just put in whatever we want, sometimes more than two important things happen in a century!) Iris is illustrating it herself, although we might shake it up with a few clip arts.

We are using a 2 inch durable 3 ring binder. I print out these sheets for Iris: 3 lines of writing-

For older kids you could tape some handwriting paper to the bottom of a blank page, more lines for each year, and then photocopy them.

And here is a good tutorial for having it in book form

Our world history is going on the wall, on note-cards. Like this:

Good Luck!

Amy Lu

sahmto4orMore said...

It is a challenge with the young ones around, isn't it? I have to be really flexible!

MOH timeline.........we did the sewing board thing, but couldnt' leave it out or Joy would destroy it. I have since gone to just putting our figures on the backs of the notecards in our little notecard book. We're using the Homeschool In the Woods timeline figures and they have good illustrations and summaries on them. Then i can take the cards out of the little binder and mix them up and have the boys put them in order. It's like a tiny timeline book. This is working well now.

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