Friday, July 1, 2011

Homeschooling: Getting It All Done

Let's jump right in to Homeschooling Month on the blog. I certainly don't mean to alienate those who don't homeschool. My very best friends don't homeschool! But something we have in common is that we want great things for our kids and we want them to love learning. Some of the things I write about this month may definitely be of interest to those who don't homeschool, so don't write me off just yet! Soon I'll be back into writing stories of my bad behavior in public and of the goofy things my kids do. Ah, heck, I may just put a few on here for fun this month.

Anyway, above is a picture of something I tried that failed. I try lots of things that end up failing and it used to really get me down. Then I realized that if I'm never failing, I'm never trying, right? Anyway, we are always looking for ways to keep our homeschool days on track. I'm not great at schedules since I'm a go-with-the-flow mom with a baby always attached to my boob. Someday I might be able to have a schedule and stick with it, but for now I'm going easy on myself and we are doing the best we can. Amazingly, more gets done than we realize.

So the above is a planner I wrote up for my oldest son, who was only 9 at the time. He wasn't ready for his own planner. Eventually he will be, especially since I NEED HIM TO BE, and especially since he NEEDS TO BE so he can be all self-sufficient at college and in life, right? So for now Mom will keep track of the daily assignments and the kids are free to look ahead and see what's planned.

If you homeschool, I'd love to hear about your successes and failures and when you decided to go easy on yourself as a teacher and as a mom.

2 comments:

  1. My planner is similar to yours in that I'm pretty flexible about it (especially with a newborn). Indy is almost 9 (3 weeks!) and not ready for his own planner, so for now, I keep track. We finished 3rd grade 2 weeks ago and start 4th grade in just 5 weeks! Ack!

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  2. HA! I should have known this was something that would not work for you. I get a sentence or so and a pic on blogger dashboard and before I clicked over I was going, "What?? Kerrie adheres to a SCHEDULE?? and has written something - neatly - in to do every stinkin' day?

    Bwa. You and I both have the same eclectic styyyyle. I just sort of do whatever stuff I feel like doing that day.

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