Last week of the ER visit, I spoke of good intentions and three basic helpful homeschooling habits. This week we gently folded in and fell back into our morning routine. Habits help.
This checklist from HSLDA’s Vicki Bentley and her Everyday Homemaking helps us focus. And if your children are like mine, they need a bit of reminding to brush their teeth and get dressed. Made your bed? Cleared your spot at the table? I don’t have to remind because the Before 8:45 does it for me. (Psst. I’m seeing the older three do their own laundry most of the time too.) Be assured that this is a guideline. There are often mornings it is a Before 9:45 🙂
A reward! If before 8:45 is completed well, 15-30 minutes on the computer, browsing Everyday Learning Links to Feed a Brain.
During this time I work with our younger two: Reading practice with youngest girl and her Early Reader’s Bible. Answers for Preschoolers, maybe an activity for Lil’ Buddy from Slow and Steady Get Me Ready.
Next week I’ll share about Morning Room Time for Lil’ Buddy. It’s the answer to the question I get most from homeschoolers: What about the little ones? What do your younger ones do while you work with the older ones on their school work?
Homeschool Highlights from the rest of the week:
Nature/Science: Easter Nature Study from Shining Dawn Books. Cindy West shared a free download for an Easter Story in Nature. We had a wonderful time right after lunch one day this week. We looked for purple, a large rock, something with thorns and tuned our noses to fragrances. There’s still time to enjoy this simple activity: Easter Story in Nature.
from the Handbook of Nature Study Outdoor Hour Challenge: Year Long Tree Study – maybe two
Art: The children participated in Sketch Tuesday and Nana’s pastel lesson, Macaroni and Cheese was featured in Heart of the Matter’s new April Digital Magazine!
Spring Sing!! A wonderful celebration of children’s choirs at our church. My youngest girl sang with her choir, This Little Light of Mine (complete with light up Japanese lanterns) and Joy, Wonderful Joy! (complete with tambourines…
The ending of Amon’s Adventure: we get to find out the ending to this wonderful family storybook. How we have anticipated each and every night reading. What we’ve learned! How this story has made Easter come alive for us all! Get you one for next year, get you one of the trilogy for Christmas!
Coping Skills: I got to go to our monthly homeschool moms meeting this week. What fun we all had sharing and laughing together.
Friends, it is one of my passions to help other parents in the day to day in a practical way. I thought I’d point you to a post I shared at Passionate Purposeful Parenting this week. “I’ve almost found solace in coffee or chocolate 50 times and it’s just 2 pm. It’s Tuesday and the ‘to do’ is a lengthy one. The parenting challenges are multiplying, having a ripple effect. I’m disappointed in myself and in the children. Yet coffee and chocolate aren’t the answer. Everything’s falling apart on me, God; put me together again with Your Word. Psalm 119:107 The Message”
The best of our habits for the heart of homeschooling compiled in one spot!
Have a wonderful Easter weekend!