Thought I would share about what's going on at our house. The first week was H-A-R-D! I'm not sure what I expected but it wasn't anything close to what actually happened. By the second night I was crying and ready to throw in the towel. Instead I posted my frustration in a homeschool group on the internet and got some very positive responses and encouragement. So I tried a few things differently and prayed more often through the day. The second week was better, not great. Cade and I are adjusting to each other and we are trying to establish the right "mom" boundaries and where laziness comes in.
We are in our 3rd week now and I have added a pre-k friend to the mix, Miss K - she and Jenna are great friends. Yesterday was a struggle but it was because of Cade, so I had to really think about how to make this work-I knew it could but I had to figure out how to set up my house for a better plan. Today has been wonderful. Cade is in the playroom/schoolroom and the girls are in the rest of the house (living room, dining room and Jenna's room). I shut the doors to the "school room" and it has been fabulous. Cade and I are de-public schooling ourselves-me especially and the girls work at the kitchen table in the other room. Miss K and Jenna love going to school and I'm actually working on some pre-k stuff with Miss K-if Jenna wants to do it fine, if not that's fine too-she's only three.
I have a structured quiet time right after lunch-everyone goes into separate rooms. This is when Cade is required to do his silent reading then play quietly. Today, they have all fallen asleep! Quiet time really helps me, obviously-it refreshes me for the afternoon.
What about Cloee? She is everywhere, all of the time. She walks now and goes where she wants. I do try to keep her away from Cade when he is working. It actually hasn't been bad with her unless she wants my undivided attention when I need to work with Cade-it's not all of the time so we'll figure it out.
Exercise for Cade? He has just starting running around our neighborhood (I call it a dead-end neighborhood because all of the streets are dead-ends including the main one). He jogs in the morning before homeschool but after everyone has left for work to avoid fast drivers who are running late for work or school. Then before lunch he either dribbles the soccer ball or basketball up and down our street 3-5 times. He and I have started walking (with him jogging about 1-1/2 miles) several evenings a week. He starts soccer September 11th so there will be practices as well for exercise. Cade is a highly energetic 10 year old and needs to release this energy several times a day-I think we have found a plan that works and that he likes.
All in all, I'd say we're doing fine and it will get better with time. We will be going to school year round. Our summers are so hot here that he's just in the house anyway, so why not? Then we can take more time off when the weather is nice and we want to be outside.
That's it for now......
At The International Peace Gardens that separates the US-Canadian border. We got in but sure were worried about getting back out and into the US with my international family! We made it back to the US thankfully - whew!