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  1. Hits Abeka Phonics K5 (Each year I do it, I streamline it a bit more. I know what to include and what to leave out) Zaner Bloser Handwriting- My boys prefer this to anything we try. You can scan a QR code to see a short video of how to form the letter and this tiny detail has made my boys not mind handwriting. BJU Math Grade 2 (Singapore math just stressed me out completely. I am so glad to have found something that feels right to me. DS loves it too. He loves the stories for each chapter. I worry he is missing out not having Singapore math, but my sanity is more important. sorry. Veritas Press Self Paced History Old Testament & Ancient Egypt - DS LOVE this, looking back I may for the future save this for 3rd grade for my kids rather than 2nd, but still, we enjoyed it. I HATE history, so not teaching it is a plus. PLUS I'm learning things with him I never did. Don't remember a thing about history from my education. MIsses Abeka Grade 2 Phonics - It wasn't bad or anything, but to us it seems completely a review from first and it was not needed for ds. We did the lesson for a while, then we went to just the seat work, then we dropped.
  2. Judging myself too harshly is just what I have always done. About everything. It's not that I have a problem with my relationship food, but I just struggle with balance in all areas of my life. If I am doing something I want it to be 100% or I feel like a failure. Sometimes when I feel stressed about something like this, I just post about it to see how other people live and to remind me normal people don't get things 100% perfect. I don't stress about food daily or often, just one day I will feel worried I am not cooking healthy enough and I just feel really bad and that I am failing my kids. I have these mini panic episodes about nearly everything. You should have seen me when I started homeschooling my oldest. I have calm down a lot. I spent his whole kindergarten year in a panic that I was ruining his life. I only have this thought occasionally now. My mental health, I don't know what to say about it. I have a lot of issues, but I am surprisingly happy and content with life. I'm just a worrier. If I'm not overthinking something, well..I just wouldn't know what to do with myself.
  3. Thanks everyone for the encouraging words. I guess I am ok. I pretty much serve a lot of fruits and veggies with whatever else we have and hope for the best. lol I just feel so lost sometimes. For instance, my 5 year old asked me if spaghetti was healthy. Well, some people don't think ground beef is healthy. Some people don't think pasta is healthy. My jarred pasta sauce isn't as healthy as pasta sauce could be. Sooooo...I mean what do you say? No spaghetti isn't 100% healthy, but it's what's for dinner. lol I struggle big time with perfection. I don't know what else to say.. You are so right, my kids eat better than I did, I am healthy, they are healthy. Perfect eating is overrated and my kids metabolism is amazing and they get good exercise, so I guess we will survive!
  4. I would love to be a healthy cook, but I have a lot of little kids and I just really don't enjoy cooking and my family is picky and other excuses. lol. I feel guilty about not serving 100% healthy meals. Not to mention, how do you even decide what is healthy? Some people are vegan, some gluten free and so on. I mean, what is healthy? I feel I always have some bottled or packed sauce or whatever that isn't pure and healthy. Ugh. I get overwhelmed looking for and trying new recipes. What are your tastiest and easiest healthy dinner. Also, lunches? It's sandwiches and junk. Ugh. I am bad at lunch.
  5. Ok ladies, with all your advice, I reworked the schedule a bit. WDYT? Devotion Handwriting Math Outside if it is nice, the boys will alternate working with me and playing Reading Son 2 Reading Son 1 Phonics/Language Lesson Son 2 FLL 3 Son 1 Educational Show/Rock the baby/Nap Preschool Memoria Press Enrichment while the boys work on spelling & xtra math. They tend to want to participate in the preschool enrichment though so we will see. 😁 I will work on the extras by rotating through them weekly. History, Science, Geography, Latin, 1st Grade Enrcichment So, we will only work on 1 extra each day. History takes no effort on my part, but the week we are working on history, I would have no work to do, so yay! Composition is dh's subject, so I'm not sure how or when he will schedule it.
  6. Thanks for weighing in! The reason we start with handwriting is I give them a quick instruction and I take this time to clean up after breakfast while the baby in the high chair and I wipe up her breakfast mess, change her diaper and that sort of thing. My 1st son is slow at handwriting and hates it, so I make sure we do it first with him or we end up skipping if we save it for later. It's just the dreaded chore for him. So, I like to knock that out quick. I do have the audio book for astronomy. I usually fold laundry or put away dishes/load the dishwasher while we listen. My oldest son definitely needs a break between work. My second son likes to get it all done quickly and then go play. I just am much happier outside and so are the little girls so that's why we go out. We have a fenced in yard with tons of things to keep them happy AND they aren't making a mess inside lol. It just feels happy to be reading and doing school outside. Also, if we work inside until nap, the baby might not have as much outside time as I like. I call her a baby, but she is over 1, so she will sit will her sister in the sand box and play forever or play on the baby slide or one of her siblings will push her in the baby swing. Thanks for helping me think this all through!
  7. I feel like we have a lot of language arts too. I just wasn't really sure what to do about it. I will keep in mind we might put composition off another year. I'm not sure if he and Dad will enjoy, but we will see. As far as xtra math, we don't ALWAYS do it every day, but we do it often. So, yes, on busy days, we skip it.
  8. Yeah, I'm prepared that it might not work out and that's ok too. He is pretty good at math so I'm not super worried about it. I just chose math for my distance class because even though I am good at math, I find it hard for me to teach for some reason. I don't always explain it well.
  9. Thanks. I truly know deep down I got this. I just kind of panic with the thought of each new year. (I'm not good with change) My first year was omg I'm educating my baby and I have a baby to take care of, how will I get it all done?! What am I doing? The next year panic was, this is first grade, this is getting real AND I have a toddler and I'm pregnant! This year was I am teaching TWO kids and have a baby and a crazy preschooler. Next year it is third grade is just a whole new level and first grade, it's getting real for 2 of my kids now. It just seems like there is more work each year, but each year I manage somehow. I just kind of panic before/when I start out each new year.
  10. Good thinking. He really does enjoy history and science. I never thought of NOT doing the test because you just click launch next lesson and if it is test day, you do the test. I'm not sure if he would be on board for skipping. He is a stickler for finishing things like his momma :lol: He has no idea we skip math tests and things so it's not an issue, BUT he may not be up for it, but he could easily do the test on a regular history lesson day. They are short and easy. We could easily do history and science on the same day as the history involves no work from me.
  11. lol yes, I know, that was very confusing!! I was trying to type this up with the baby climbing all over me too. I think I will be fine. I just always get nervous with the thought of each new school year. As for dh, we can't really hire a maid, but he is super understanding that dinner is often a frozen pizza and the house is always upside down. I wake up at 4 AM and do all the chores I can before the kids wake up. Nothing really happens throughout the day except dishes (in the dishwasher) and sometimes we pick up the toys at the end of the day and sometimes we don't. To clear things up I will have a 3rd grade son (He will be 7 turning 8 at the beginning of the school year, I always feel torn that he is too young for the grade he is in, but that's how we started and I guess there is no turning back now), 1st grade son, a 3 almost 4 year old daughter and a 1 1/2 year old daughter. This whole year is depending on the baby napping. :lol: All my kids try to kick naps at 2, but she seems to be a better sleeper than any of them, so I hope this continues. My 3 year old is actually great now, she can play by herself for ages. She used to be such a handful, but now she is the most independent kid I have. The baby has a great personality so far, I hope she doesn't turn "terrible" with 2. Either way, I will not do a babysitter or preschool, I enjoy the baby days too much. I'd probably send my boys to school first. That's why I like a 4 day schedule, so I can spend quality time with my baby girls.
  12. I am about to wrap up my son's 2nd grade year. I feel k-2 has gone well. I have been a nervous wreck homeschooling my first with a lot of little ones underfoot. I feel like it has been a learning experience discovering what I like and what he likes and what I feel my little ones need as far as homeschooling goes, but we have been pretty consistent and have done pretty well. s. 🤨 I am just feeling a bit nervous thinking about 3rd grade. It feels it is going to be a bit more rigorous and I'm just nervous thinking about getting it all don and doing first grade with my second and having a 4 and 1 1/2 year old too. I am just wondering if what I have planned sounds about right? Too much? Too little? What adjustments if any should I make. I am also struggling to think about scheduling. This is what I have planned out so far. We will do mostly a 4 days schedule with a very light day on the 5th. We will start the day with a short daily devotion. Handwriting ZB Cursive (First Grader will be doing his handwriting too) BJU Math 3 which will be distance learning (I will be teaching ds 2 math at this time) Playtime Outside if it is nice Reading Time (outside if nice) ( I will do MP preschool enrichment with my DD3 (LOVE this BTW), DS 2 reads from his Abeka Reader, DS 3 reads with me (this year we will discuss MP literature guides orally) I will do a read aloud too. Lunch We watch something educational on tv while I rock the baby to sleep. DD 3 might get some screen time while the baby is asleep. While the baby is asleep I do abeka phonics & language lesson with ds 2. DS 1 will be working on Spelling Workout. Then I do FLL 3 with DS 1 while DS 2 does his seat work for abeka phonics, language & spelling I do Memoria Press Enrichment for 1st with DS 2 and DS 1 will likely join in. When the baby wakes up, DS 1 will do Veritas Press Self-Paced History New Testament & Ancient Greece & Rome The boys will do Xtra math for math facts practice. On the 5th day, ds 3 will do a spelling test, his history test before lunch and we do Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy during nap time. DH will be in charge of my 3rd grader's writing composition. I do not feel confident with my own writing composition and dh is an excellent writer. He will be doing MP's introduction to composition, so I am not sure how that is scheduled, but they will be working on that in the evening or on dh's days off. We have a few other things that we don't really consider a "have to" kind of thing. Both sons have been working on Song School Latin. We don't even have to think about that though. They beg to do it and it takes up zero time, so... We work on little passports for geography. I have EM geography daily practice that I may or may not do. When I look at this it feels like SO MUCH! I just can't figure out any other way though?? IDK, I like my mostly 4 day week. My questions. Does this look good? Too much? Am I missing something? Any tips on anything? I feel that if I get handwriting, math and reading done every day before nap and then phonics/language/spelling during nap, we will be ok and everything else will be ok for these years anyway. If you can think of anyway to rework my schedule to get all this done, please let me know. I know I don't have to do the MP enrichment, but I REALLY want to. They enjoy it SO much and you wouldn't believe the difference it has made in my 3 year old! I'm also worried this is going to be too much for my 3rd grader. He is super smart, but he seems to get worn out if I make him do too much school in one day. I often wonder if it would work out to do just a little bit of school every single day, but that feels nuts to do school every day, kwim? I am all ears for any tips, suggestions, advice, encouragement. I talk to dh and he is always just "whatever you think is best" my real life homeschool friends say just switch to all CLE or Lifepacs or BJU DVDS.
  13. I am trying to make out our schedule or rhythm for next school year. I am trying to make it so we aren't doing every language arts subject every day. How often does everyone do handwriting each day? If it matters, my boys are 1st and 3rd grade and my 3rd grader will be doing cursive for the first time. Also, I do a year round 4 day per week schedule, so clearly 4 days tops, but I'm wondering if we might be ok just doing 2 days per week?
  14. What do you have planned? I'm supposed to be making my shopping list right now, but I'm having one of those weeks the usual just isn't sounds good.
  15. Can you suggest a sturdy book shelf that isn't too expensive. I'm tired of the garbage from Walmart. I have looked at the ikea bookshelves I hear so much about, but the closest ikea is 6 or more hours away and I just tried to buy one until I found out the cost of delivery would be $199.
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