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Fairly Odd Mother

Frantically waving my magic wand to make wishes come true.

Monday, March 01, 2010

What a Monday looks like

I know some people are curious about what goes on in our homeschooling life, so I thought I'd post a regular Monday "school day":

6:30am: I'm up and making coffee, starting laundry and answering emails for Cool Mom Picks.

7:30am: Wake up the kids and jump in the shower. By 8:30, we're all dressed, beds are made, and we head downstairs for breakfast.

9:15am: Bring D to preschool. Arrive a few minutes late, but they have a "loose start", so no big shakes.

9:30-10am: Back home to answer some emails and read some blog posts while the girls dance to "their music". (can I call this Physical Education?)


10am: Start school. Give Jilly her Spelling Workout book and show her which pages to do. While doing her lesson, she's practicing reading, writing and spelling.

I sit on couch with Belly and watch DVD lesson for
Math-U-See Lesson 18 in Gamma Level (multiplying by 7). Belly then takes her workbook and does the first assignment for Lesson 18.

When she finishes Math, I give her a couple of pages to do in her new Scholastic Maps Workbook while I sit down with Jilly to do Math. She is also on Lesson 18 in Math-U-See, but the Alpha Level.

Jilly seems nervous about starting Subtraction today, maybe because the instructor, Steve Demme, so adamantly states that the kids must know their addition inside and out before they move on. To alleviate her fears, we decide to do another review lesson on addition instead of going forward with her lesson.

Jilly does her math review page while I ask Belly her spelling words from the list in Sequential Spelling. She likes this program since she is able to self-correct her work.

Sit down and do a grammar lesson in First Language Lessons with Jilly. We review the "fall months", and when she sits down to do an activity for the lesson, I start Belly on her new Growing With Grammar book.

When Belly finishes that, she asks to do a page of cursive in Pictures in Cursive to get a little more of her work checked off for the week. I say, ohhhhhh, okay.

By noon, they are playing school with their dolls. We will do science, history and art later this week, and Friday we are taking a field trip to Old Sturbridge Village to attend their Home School Day.

At 1pm, we'll pick up D from preschool and go to the library for an hour. At 2:30, D has speech and then the girls have gymnastics with friends. By the time we get home, it'll be time for dinner. Tonight I'll read to the kids and ask Jilly to read aloud to me a bit. They are all reading on their own now, but they still want a book at bedtime, especially Belly who still loves to snuggle in for her story.

Now a disclaimer:

Not all days look like this, nor do they all go this smoothly. I didn't tell you that Jilly gave me heck about doing her work this morning. Belly has been easier this year than any other, maybe because she finally realizes how much she can accomplish in just a couple of hours while her friends won't be home until almost 4. I wanted to have both girls read aloud to me this morning, but their "classroom" of dolls who were waiting to be taught was just too adorable. I can have them read to me at the library or tonight. . .or we'll just do it first thing tomorrow. We'll see how the day goes.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Deb said...

I love posts like this. I like little peeks into other people's lives. Isn't it great when they take what they are learning and apply it when they are playing? I always give myself a thumbs-up when I see that.

Today I delayed starting school because my son (who just HATES handwriting practice) was carefully writing and re-writing the alphabet all over the back of the grocery list. If I offer him his own paper I get "MOM, I'm not doing SCHOOLWORK right now"

Ok, sweetie, you just have fun then...and let me know when you re ready for school.

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Stacia said...

I'm still sort of stuck on the fact that you have to wake your kids up. Wow. And I can't wait for my kiddos to start teaching classrooms (couches) full of dolls and stuffed animals ... So sweet.

6:06 PM  
Blogger Beck said...

Today's homeschooling day made me feel like punching myself. It's nice to read what OTHER homeschoolers do to reassure myself that we ARE getting things done!

8:32 PM  
OpenID dbmamaz said...

Wow . . . i was stuck at the word 'sit' . . . 'sit' and 'do lesson'. I have 2 boys who dont sit. I'm chasing one to get to the table to do 3 minutes of writing, then the big one comes crying cuz i pay more attention to the little, and then I wrestle the little to put away laundry while reading a math book (it works best this way) and then I herd the cats outside for a long walk . . . and after lunch we're almost useless.

10:18 PM  
Blogger Fairly Odd Mother said...

dbmamaz---yeah, the girls will sit for a bit, but we move around a lot too----from the couch to the table to the other couch to the computer. . .I doubt anyone makes it longer than 15 minutes before they need to get up for a bit. And after lunch, we're useless too!

Stacia---it's just been since the middle has hit almost 7 and the oldest is 9 that they really want to sleep late (esp. the 9yo). My 5yo is usually the first one up though. Sleeping kids is a beautiful thing.

And Beck and Deb, thanks for your comments too---believe me, we have 'punch myself' days too----we took off most of February to do "Olympic School" b/c it's such a miserable month for homeschooling (IMHO). I think that helped us recharge.

10:26 PM  
Anonymous Daily Cup of Jo said...

I still can't get my head around homeschooling, but I admire any parent who takes it on. Sturbridge Village! Stumbled upon that a few years back when we were in the area. Have fun.

11:46 AM  

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