Reefgazer Posted September 28, 2016 Share Posted September 28, 2016 (edited) DD just started 9th grade, and she feels buried in work. Setting aside the fact she has too many hours devoted to extracurricular activities, it seems she has no time left to just read a book for pleasure or draw at a leisurely pace. Yes, she is taking a heavy academic load, but math takes a ridiculously long time (my God, she works s-l-o-w-l-y) and Latin really ramped up and is difficult this year, and we didn't expect those 2 subjects to require as much time as they have been. I guess I'm just griping and hoping things will get better. UPDATE: So I took a lot of suggestions in this thread and instituted some changes in our homeschool. I thought I'd let you know how it went. I did the following: 1. Rearranged the day's schedule so that, although she is out of the house the same amount of hours, those hours are "chunked" and we have less transitions in and out of the house. This seems to have made a difference. 2. Instituted a rule that transitions have to be 15 minutes. Thus is saves us about a half hour per transition because we were pidddling away about 45 minutes for transitions prior to this. Now we just pet the cat for a minute instead of 15 minutes. 3. We set a timer to get math done. I set the timer for 45 minutes and tell her to work as hard as she can as fast as she can without sacrificing accuracy. After that 45 minutes, if the work isn't done in 45 minutes, we set the timer again. Thus has helped her to focus and finish her math earlier, with no increase in error rate. Thank you to ever suggested the timer. I will say that this makes a huge difference in our week . 4. I've put into place a rule that all written work and computer research needs to be done by 10 PM, and by 10 PM she has to be ready for bed - teeth brushed, face washed, pajamas on. Now DD is a night owl and doesn't go to sleep that early, but that time is now reserved for reading, drawing, or just unwinding. I think this is helped her to spend some time winding down, which translates into falling asleep easier. 5. We get up earlier in the morning and both of us are avoiding the urge to lay down and nap because we get to bed earlier and get more sleep generally. This has helped us increase our blocks of time early in the morning to work. So for anybody struggling with time, I recommend these things to increase time you have to work because they have really made a difference for us this past week! She got all her work done on time, and still had time available to paint, read, and draw at night. So thank you to everyone for the suggestions in the thread! Edited October 7, 2016 by reefgazer 22 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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