Jun 28, 2011

If at first you don't succeed....

try, try again - so they say.

So we have tried in the past for KM to set her own schedule and it really didn't work out all that well past the first day or two. She did get the swing of getting her things done daily when I gave her a list and the freedom to complete things as she wanted, but it seemed like everytime we tried for more than that it just wouldn't work. She would become overwhelmed and feel like she needed more structure.

Our summer session begins next week and we are trying it again . This time, after some simple instruction and guidance on how to use the Homeschool Tracker, KM has set her own schedule up. We both agreed that this would be the perfect time to try it out because we have far fewer pressing time constraints, places to be at specific times, a lighter lesson load and we are already adjusting to changes in the house, so this can just be another one of those adjustments that should hopefully be all worked out by the fall.

She is very excited about the programs that she will be doing over the summer and feels that she has set things up in a way that makes sense and won't be overwhelming for her to handle in her own way. Here is the schedule that she came up with.
There are no actual guidelines for "timing" other than getting things done on those days and/or within reason. Like if she knows that she wants to go to the beach on Tues, she may want to do a little extra math on Monday so that she can have less to do that day. 

Here is an example of one weeks assignments -

Her assignments are quite short so she can easily bump them around here and there with little problem. I really think this will be helpful in her managing her time in a constructive way so that she feels as though things are flowing.

Her program choices for the summer include
  • beginning a year long Shakespeare Study
  • Math & The Cosmos - a Duke Tip program
  • an overview of U.S. Government, Economics and Citizenship
  • Keyboard Level 2B
  • Beginning French with some online and computer games
  • CNN Student News for Current Events
  • Some more advanced Nutrition study - including cooking and baking
  • Bowling Camp, Swimming, Basketball and Dance for P.E. 

Jun 24, 2011

Trying to Adjust

The past week has been a bit of a blur. Between CJ's abrupt departure for training for his new career, a vast weather change from high humidity to frigid rain causing havoc in the yard, and the exhaustion of picking up the slack and trying to find some sort of rhythm, KM and I really just trying to wade through the chaos and I am finding it very difficult for my fingers to get the thoughts out of my head clearly - so I apologize in advance if this becomes garbled or rambly.

CJ has gone away for things before, but there was usually preparation and adjustment time. This was very much an "OH I have to leave in two days and need to locate or purchase all the things on this list" and we then spent the next two days packing and collecting so that he could be off for a week. There was no time for lawn mowing, moving things to the attic, floor scrubbing or anything else that is CJ specific.  KM and I have had to pick up the slack and take on tasks that we don't usually do, but are glad to do it so that when he comes home for his brief stay we can enjoy the time with him before he has to go again. His rotation for the coming weeks will be a bit difficult, but once we get past it and into his regular schedule we should be fine.

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Jun 21, 2011

The enjoyment of a 2 year old


I am not sure who enjoyed this moment more - her or ME?

Jun 20, 2011

YouTube Monday - How Do You Socialize Your Children?

I have posted this before, but stumbled across it again and thought it was You Tube Monday Worthy!!!
Look past the religious content and it is seriously funny! 

Jun 15, 2011

Plays and Parties!

Last weekend was rather hectic, but couldn't have been more fun -

We started off with the Much Ado About Nothing shows Friday and Saturday! KM's performance of Borachio was INCREDIBLE!!! Who knew she could be such a great drunken villian!!! -

Friday they were lucky enough for the weather to hold off so they could have the performance on the outdoor stage.

And although they were not so fortunate on Saturday - I think the performance was even better at the indoor venue!

Then Sunday was the Littles' birthday party mixed with ZPs graduation! The kids had a lot of fun in the bounce house and getting their faces painted -

and I managed to sneak a few shots of the ever elusive older brother -

Jun 7, 2011

Last Day of Sailing!!!

KM had her last day of sailing class and the weather couldn't have been more perfect!

Although we will not miss getting up early, KM will really miss this class and hopes they will be willing to run it again in the fall for home learners!!! Lets keep our fingers crossed!