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Done:

  • print religious education curriculum
  • buy textbooks
  • preview Analytical Grammar - We can move at least as fast as I planned, preferably faster.
  • bring old books to homeschool store for consignment
  • menu plan through January 31 October 2

 

Still need to...

  • clean out school area - I finished the books and office supplies, but there's still a significant mess.
  • prepare Spanish audio files - DH will do
  • generate Writing Revolution worksheets through January 31 - in progress
  • promote the general neatness
  • If I'm going to use a daily planner, get it together!
  • not until August because it's contingent on reopening status - print and post fall weekly schedule

 

What do you still need to do?

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  • Have a baby.
  • Tell DH to figure everything else out.
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I'm in denial. 🙂

(and I'm still finishing paperwork for this school year so the portfolio evaluator has something to look at and the college gets the final transcript for the senior...)

I can't even think about next year yet.

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24 minutes ago, Zoo Keeper said:

I'm in denial. 🙂

(and I'm still finishing paperwork for this school year so the portfolio evaluator has something to look at and the college gets the final transcript for the senior...)

I can't even think about next year yet.

Seriously! Today I've got to email the last set of transcripts for dd17's final reports for this year still. We're graduating her this month. We're still sending out announcements for her drive by graduation parade that's in less than two weeks. I've not even started putting together dd15's transcripts after two years of high school. I need to get her going on driver's ed and SAT practice on Kahn Academy. And that's just summer stuff... And I have three part time jobs in the summer. One writing at home that's hard to find time for. One consignment sale that takes a lot of time, but will be over next week, and two weeks at a summer camp, which means no writing those weeks. So, I'm not thinking if next year yet. 

The main thing will just be figuring out a schedule though. Most things I've done before and can hopefully just jump into. 

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  • finish doing Gr. 11 math course so that I am familiar with the topics and have a sort of answer key
  • make sure TT algebra is installed on a computer somewhere
  • print courses that need printing
  • buy first day of school candy and presents
  • complete notification forms for province

I have until September so I'm not really in any rush, but I am working on the math currently.

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I spent a few weeks buying/printing/organizing stuff before we moved last week since I knew settling in would take several weeks of my attention. Today I was just writing out what’s left!

1) Read through/make notes for unit one of math per kid (new curriculum—need to decide how to teach the material) 2) Order correlating manipulatives 3) Print blackline masters/cut & organize cards 4) assemble mini books for kindergartener. 

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Gosh I have so much to do I feel overwhelmed. Im HSing for the first time officially this fall, but plan on teaching though the summer to catch up and introduce us to the routine. I still don't have an official plan for teaching through the westward expansion over summer. I know what ideas I want, but no books or activities. I still haven't solidified the next year as far as supplemental material, and the summer math isn't working as expected. I got Math U See... DH10 hates it! I'm planning to do Khan Academy to work through missed material, as was the goal for summer. 

Also, I wanted to do TGATB Marine Bio over summer to have something for summer, bit it seems too intense for DH 10 and DH 6, so I might just read books. 

So, print daily refresher material for the summer. 

Plan history/geography for the next 10 weeks. 

Solidify math goals for the next 10 weeks. 

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3 hours ago, Charmom3 said:

Gosh I have so much to do I feel overwhelmed. Im HSing for the first time officially this fall, but plan on teaching though the summer to catch up and introduce us to the routine. I still don't have an official plan for teaching through the westward expansion over summer. I know what ideas I want, but no books or activities. I still haven't solidified the next year as far as supplemental material, and the summer math isn't working as expected. I got Math U See... DH10 hates it! I'm planning to do Khan Academy to work through missed material, as was the goal for summer. 

Also, I wanted to do TGATB Marine Bio over summer to have something for summer, bit it seems too intense for DH 10 and DH 6, so I might just read books. 

So, print daily refresher material for the summer. 

Plan history/geography for the next 10 weeks. 

Solidify math goals for the next 10 weeks. 

Be sure and take a break for your and their peace of mind! If you are new to this and trying to plan a successful year for the fall, plus all of the prep that that requires and trying to teach and research materials for now, it could get quite overwhelming fast! 

I am all about doing some work in the summers too. But don't get burned out! And maybe try to take at least a vacation or a week or more off completely before you start going at full schedule. A fresh start after a break is always a refresher! 

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Still to do:

- RR order

- Daily schedule- write it out and make it reasonable (No 17 hour school days...)

- Weekly task list template for 3 kids

- Plan writing projects (10)

- List book club books

- Reorganize school area for the new year's materials

 

As my dad likes to say, when you feel like you're about 90% done, you still have 90% left to do...  

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11 hours ago, Charmom3 said:

Gosh I have so much to do I feel overwhelmed. Im HSing for the first time officially this fall, but plan on teaching though the summer to catch up and introduce us to the routine. I still don't have an official plan for teaching through the westward expansion over summer. I know what ideas I want, but no books or activities. I still haven't solidified the next year as far as supplemental material, and the summer math isn't working as expected. I got Math U See... DH10 hates it! I'm planning to do Khan Academy to work through missed material, as was the goal for summer. 

Also, I wanted to do TGATB Marine Bio over summer to have something for summer, bit it seems too intense for DH 10 and DH 6, so I might just read books. 

So, print daily refresher material for the summer. 

Plan history/geography for the next 10 weeks. 

Solidify math goals for the next 10 weeks. 

Are your kids 10 and 6 or in 10th and 6th?   If they are 10 and 6, take a deep breath and tell yourself this a long-term endeavor. Teaching from the position of "catching up" is likely to be counterproductive and only lead to stressed out kids and mom.  It is a much better approach to ignore grade levels and assume the philosophy of meeting kids where they are.  Simply start the school yr at their current level and focus on day to day learning and mastering goals one small step at a time.  

FWIW, I do not believe 6 yr olds can be behind.  I don't even start any academics with my kds until 5 or 6.  (I have never taught preschool academics.  Nothing.  My kids are unicorns in that they start K learning their letters and numbers.  They still graduate high school at advanced to very advanced levels.  Learning is not traditional school lock-step sequencing.  Kids make all sorts of leaps and bounds and equally stalling and mulling over things for a while.)  10 yr olds can master concepts more quickly than they could have at 6, so again, it is hard to be too behind.  As they master lower level content, simply progress to what they are ready for.

A far better plan for summer is to develop routines for the entire family.  After waking up, maybe have quiet read aloud time or have the 10 yr read silently while you read aloud to the 6 yr old.  Maybe play a board game or 2.  Watch a documentary.  Think about the morning rhythm and tone you want to create.

Figure out a schedule for when you are going to start laundry, plan meals, cook.  I cannot function by a clock, but we have a schedule designed around "pegs" that I have been doing for decades.  For example, the first thing I do when I wake up is throw in a load of laundry.  Doing that means I know one of my main tasks is started.  After breakfast, I work with my youngest student while older ones read/work on things they don't need me for.

I can call out spelling while cleaning the kitchen or listen to my dd practice violin (summer, so no spelling), etc.  I can fold laundry while listening to a child read aloud or again while calling out spelling.  Think through the tasks you need to do every day and start to visualize how you can make things flow and work for your family.

If they are in 10th and 6th, post and posters will help you come up with a better plan than panic and rushing to catch up.

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Lots left to do:

Have printed and spiral binding on a few things

Read through fairy tales and pick out copywork, take notes on things to point out and talk about

Make a list and gather supplies for science each week 

clean through desk and organize

deep clean house

Make schedule for the year

Type up dictation sentences for the year

Plan field trips

Plan handcrafts and get supplies

Plan home ec. , pick out recipes for ds to make on his own

Make up some math worksheets for the first 1/2 of the year

Refill art supplies and office supplies

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8 hours ago, 8FillTheHeart said:

Are your kids 10 and 6 or in 10th and 6th?   If they are 10 and 6, take a deep breath and tell yourself this a long-term endeavor. Teaching from the position of "catching up" is likely to be counterproductive and only lead to stressed out kids and mom.  It is a much better approach to ignore grade levels and assume the philosophy of meeting kids where they are.  Simply start the school yr at their current level and focus on day to day learning and mastering goals one small step at a time.  

FWIW, I do not believe 6 yr olds can be behind.  I don't even start any academics with my kds until 5 or 6.  (I have never taught preschool academics.  Nothing.  My kids are unicorns in that they start K learning their letters and numbers.  They still graduate high school at advanced to very advanced levels.  Learning is not traditional school lock-step sequencing.  Kids make all sorts of leaps and bounds and equally stalling and mulling over things for a while.)  10 yr olds can master concepts more quickly than they could have at 6, so again, it is hard to be too behind.  As they master lower level content, simply progress to what they are ready for.

A far better plan for summer is to develop routines for the entire family.  After waking up, maybe have quiet read aloud time or have the 10 yr read silently while you read aloud to the 6 yr old.  Maybe play a board game or 2.  Watch a documentary.  Think about the morning rhythm and tone you want to create.

Figure out a schedule for when you are going to start laundry, plan meals, cook.  I cannot function by a clock, but we have a schedule designed around "pegs" that I have been doing for decades.  For example, the first thing I do when I wake up is throw in a load of laundry.  Doing that means I know one of my main tasks is started.  After breakfast, I work with my youngest student while older ones read/work on things they don't need me for.

I can call out spelling while cleaning the kitchen or listen to my dd practice violin (summer, so no spelling), etc.  I can fold laundry while listening to a child read aloud or again while calling out spelling.  Think through the tasks you need to do every day and start to visualize how you can make things flow and work for your family.

If they are in 10th and 6th, post and posters will help you come up with a better plan than panic and rushing to catch up.

Thank you for your kind words! They are 10 and 6, and you're really reminding me to take it easy. Since my 10 year old was struggling in PS, I keep wanting to shove in as much as possible hoping it'll stick but you're right, it's a marathon not a sprint! 

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Wow, you guys do a lot of work!

I only plan handcrafts, field trips, projects as we get inspired by stuff. When kiddos want to do something they add supplies to Alexa shopping and I order them.

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I'm 75% done. I cleaned out the schoolroom, put everything I needed to use again for Youngest away & donated the rest, and did the end of year portfolios/record keeping.

I ordered the new stuff, and have gone through what has arrived. When I was planning and sketching out lesson plans, I realized I needed to order some more.  For the materials I am re-using, I've done everything except check the science supply kits.

I have everything sketched out, now I need to plan for a bit of magic here and there....those 'round the bits edges that really give excitement and energy to the process.  This is where I tend to NOT plan, and I'm working on doing enough prep that I can bring the magic without a lot of extra effort.  Things just tend to get too busy during the school year.

I have a huge summer list of the rest of life I'm trying to knock out.  I sealed the grout in the laundry room today (floors were installed in December) and got the trim cleaned up in the stairwell so I can finish sanding and start painting soon. My list is mostly home repairs....

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A tricky bit of cleaning things out and the annual Dance of the Books is that for some reason, we have a lot of history books relative to shelf space, and there's no easy way to add shelf space.

 

Of course, there's no telling who could be responsible for an issue like this... 🤷‍♀️

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I’m *almost* done planning everything out for next year. But I’ve been saying that for 3 weeks now. I think I really am this time. 
 

Then moving on to prep work. 
1) Clean out all of last year’s work and books, store what I’m keeping, get rid of the rest

2) Organize next year’s, set up DC’s school bins, fill notebooks

3) Figure out what school supplies are needed and shop for them

4) Put together supply lists for each month for science and other projects and shop for the first month

5) Clean up school storage areas and tweak systems to make it easy to keep things organized

 

We start back two weeks from tomorrow, on July 6. We may or may not be home from a week long vacation by then. So.......clearly there’s some things I haven’t figured out yet and most of this list isn’t likely to happen. I also have teenagers with jobs, one scheduled for her learners permit test on the 8th, and am hosting my brother’s wedding at my house in less than 2 months. So my attempts at planning, prepping, and actually doing school this summer may not materialize as I had originally hoped. 

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I was on a roll; now DH and I are sick. (I just got better! Ugh!) I did promote the general neatness considerably today given the likelihood I will get worse sooner than better. The kitchen floor and downstairs bathroom are clean, and I vacuumed downstairs.

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On 6/17/2020 at 5:15 PM, 8FillTheHeart said:

Way too much.  

I have been very productive the past week.  We are supposed to start 3 day weeks of school for the month of July (so starting next Tuesday).  I have written plans through the 2nd week in Aug for 5th grader's history, lit, and science and 9th grader's American history, American gov't, geometry, and physics.  I am actually pretty confident I'll be ready.  (2 weeks ago, I was doubtful.)  Only doing 3 day weeks for the first month has me somewhat energized for starting back.  (No way I could jump into full days/5 days/week.  I really need my summer breaks!!)

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I seriously said I was going to plan 216 nights' dinners??

*sigh* Well, July is finished. August is started. Update: I revised my goal downward and made plans through October 2.

 

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Arggg, DS is having technical issues with his online camp and keeps interrupting me. I have written his report card and one worksheet for the fall--I need two more just to finish September.

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