I had a wise friend tell me when I started homeschooling to take off or at least greatly simplify school during the month of December. She was right and I've heeded that advice since we started homeschooling.
School in December consisted of math and reading. That's pretty much it...they did some daily activities on their own, but it's always been very laid back.
Well! It is now January 3rd and it is TIME TO GET BACK into a good ol' routine!
I've made some adjustments to our school this month. I've taken a lot of time these last couple weeks to really streamline and organize our schedule.
I'm looking to find that balance between super structured and NOT schooling at all. It's a constant battle of me not wanting to be the "scary scheduled school marm" or the "my kids can't add 2+2" mom. It's a balance, I guess.
One thing I did was make these busy boxes for Sophia...
I didn't buy anything to do these, just stuff I had around the house. But she's only going to be allowed the box for the specific day. I'm hoping this will keep her busy and entertained so we can get our work done. She's not really bad during school, she just wants to be part of everything...this way she's still at the table with us, but just keeping herself busy.
I'm planning on switching the activities our regularly to keep them fresh and fun.
The other thing I did differently is eliminate our schoolroom.
I know, right?
Well, the whole sleep all together in one room thing wasn't really working. They were keeping each other up ALLLLL night :-/
The other thing was, I felt like our schooling kept gravitating upstairs anyway. So we're doing school at the dining room table this semester to see how it goes.
The homeschool bookshelves are now housed in the family room downstairs and the kids each have their daily baskets to carry to the table every day.
I'm hoping to get a cabinet of some sort to hold daily work in the dining room, but we'll make it work for now.
So I've officially got the time line of the American Revolution on my dining room wall...how's that for home decor?? :)
(ps: I think this townhouse is sucking all my decoration mojo from me...I have no creative juices left...)
SO, here we go...school's back in session!!
Our fall semester was kind of a disaster...with moving and getting settled, it just was hard. We got all the necessities done, but necessities are no fun...we want the fun school stuff too. So this semester, I'm going for fun...easy, simplified fun :)
Yeah for newly refreshed routines!!