Sunday, August 25, 2013

Notes from the Trenches, Vol. 6

This week was good, but Thursday was rough.  We learned this week that school belongs in the *morning* and errands belong in the *afternoon*.  Flipping it around results in not much work getting done.

Robbie got his new math book, Saxon 1, which he loves, but I find very complicated for a kids' math book.  However, Saxon is tough and it works, so we're sticking with it.  We are also almost at the halfway point in Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, and he loves it.  Also, he's reading more on his own and writing notes, so it's working as well.  Religion is also going very, very well.

Bri is working through work books of her own volition.  Girl has quite a head on her shoulders.  She's also absorbing quite a bit from her brother's lessons, which is going to put her ahead of the curve.  No complaints here.

Marty is doing okay with his busy bags, but he loves his oral work best.

Kitty is finally getting used to the new school room set up and isn't destroying hardly anything at this point, also a win.

Ellie has been sleeping in the morning, which I love, but I wonder how long it's going to last.  We shall see.

This week I start my teaching classes from home, so that may or may not put a kink in our plans.

This is what a week of school work/prep looks like.
And that's all from the trenches this week, folks!  Stay busy and happy!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Notes from the Trenches, Vol. 5, New Baby Edition

We started school again this week, picking up on the last lesson plan sheet.  The first three days went well.  We stumbled on Thursday, partly because it was a Holy Day of Obligation and partly because it appears that number five is the Baby who Never Stops Nursing.  

So, next week I'll be better prepared for the one-handed challenge of it all ("I can do this homeschooling thing with one hand tied behind my back, sort of!")

Also, I'm ordering some new stuff, which I will be reviewing when the Baby who Never Stops Nursing naps, if that ever happens.

So, once more into the lesson planning breach, dear friends!

Til next week, stay happy!

This is my new vice principle.  
She has some concerns about my lesson plans.

Sunday, August 11, 2013


Please welcome our newest blessing, Elanora Anne.