Day in the Life- Friday 2018

I find it hard to believe that it is that time of year, but it is!  This week I will join many other homeschooling bloggers in sharing our days.  I love reading about other people’s days over at Simple Homeschool.  2018 is the fourth year that I have documented our week.  You can check out 2015, 2016, and 2017 if you would like to see how our weeks have changed.

Last day!  There was still snow on the ground this morning, so it still was not a typical Friday.  However, I think this week goes to show that there is never a typical week.  Things happen.

Today, Nick and Parks got up and went sledding at 7:00.  Yep, that boy is serious about his sledding.  I got up around 730 when I heard Sims get up.  Parks was back by 7:45. By 830, everyone was up and moving.

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Parks making pancakes for breakfast

9:15- We did our 15 minute clean up and then headed to the sunroom for some reading.

By 1030, Parks was back out sledding.

12:30 we all headed out to a local park for a walk and to look for any snow left for sledding.

 

We came home by 345.  Parks headed back outside.  The rest of us folded laundry,

515: I headed to work out.  Sims headed out to go climb.  Sawyer and Parks hung out at home.

645 I came home.  We ate dinner and snuggled in for the evening (everyone other than Sims who was still at climbing).

Week over!  Not our normal week but that is ok.  Typically, we ride horses on Thursdays and hike on Fridays.  But what a fun week!

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Day in the Life- Thursday 2018

I find it hard to believe that it is that time of year, but it is!  This week I will join many other homeschooling bloggers in sharing our days.  I love reading about other people’s days over at Simple Homeschool.  2018 is the fourth year that I have documented our week.  You can check out 2015, 2016, and 2017 if you would like to see how our weeks have changed.

Sooo…we still have snow, which is unusual around here.  Thus, we still didn’t have a typical day.  I didn’t go work out.  Nick worked from home.  Our activities were cancelled.  And-There was SNOW!

Sims, Parks and I awoke at 730.  Sawyer got up a little later at 8.  Everyone got up, ate breakfast and did what they do in the mornings.

At 8:45, we did our 15 minute clean up and then headed to the sunroom to read and do history.

At 10:20, everyone headed to work on their independent work and math.  By 1130, Parks was done and ready to sledding.  While he went out, Sims and Sawyer finished up their school work.

At 1:00, Sims made pancakes for everyone and we ate lunch.

At 2:00, Parks called a friend to go sledding with, and we went to pick him up (our road is awful, but the rest of the town was fine-so crazy).  When we got back, Parks went sledding.  Sims, his friend and I went for a walk up to the store to get some munchies.

By 3:30 everyone was back at home hanging out.  I made dinner and got it in the oven.

At 4:15, Parks and his buddy headed back out to find more hills.  Sims, Sawyer and I headed to the climbing gym.  Climbing practice was cancelled, but the gym had a member party going on.

8:45 We got home.  While we were gone, Parks and Nick ate dinner and Parks headed back out sledding.  When we got home, Parks was very excited because someone gave he and his friend sleds.   He told us all about the day while we devoured some dinner.

By 10:00, we all headed to bed.

Day in the Life- Wednesday 2018

I find it hard to believe that it is that time of year, but it is!  This week I will join many other homeschooling bloggers in sharing our days.  I love reading about other people’s days over at Simple Homeschool.  2018 is the fourth year that I have documented our week.  You can check out 2015, 2016, and 2017 if you would like to see how our weeks have changed.

As usual, we didn’t have a typical day.  Last night the weather man predicted that we were going to get some snow.  In the south, that is code for “everything is about to shut down.”  I typically would have awoken and gone to work out but since the snow was coming, I slept in.  At 715, Sims and Parks were up.  By 740, Parks was dressed and ready to play in the snow.

 

While Parks played outside, we all ate breakfast and putzed around.  By 9:00, Parks was ready for a break so we decided to snuggle up in the sun room and read.  We read from our book and did some history together.

 

By 1030, Parks was ready to get back out to the snow.  He headed off to a friend’s house for a bit while.  Sawyer and I sat and read from her book for a bit, and Sims rode his bike to the lake to see what it looked like in the snow.

12:00 Everyone was back together.  We watched an episode of Gilmore Girls and ate some lunch.

At 1:30, we all bundled up and hit the hills.

 

Around 4:00, we headed back in and watched another episode of Gilmore Girls (yes, we know that we have an addiction to this show.).  Everyone also worked on their independent work and I checked their work from yesterday.

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At 5:30, Nick (yep, even the big companies shut down for snow in the south.  He was sent home by 430) and Parks headed back out to sled.

By 7 they were back in and we had a quick dinner.  One of Sims’s friends came over for the night-a meat eater, so Nick and the friend made a meat eaters dinner.

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A game of scrabble while dinner is cooking

It’s now 8:30 and the boys decided to go back out to do some night sledding.  Meanwhile, Sawyer and I are in watching some TV. This is a very rare day.  Usually, the tv doesn’t come on during the week, but snow changed our entire day.  🙂

Day in the Life-Monday 2018

I find it hard to believe that it is that time of year, but it is!  This week I will join many other homeschooling bloggers in sharing our days.  I love reading about other people’s days over at Simple Homeschool.  2018 is the fourth year that I have documented our week.  You can check out 2015, 2016, and 2017 if you would like to see how our weeks have changed.

Today happens to be Martin Luther King Jr. Day;thus, Nick is home as well as several friends.  My day started off at 6:30 am, but the kids’ day started a bit later.  I awoke at 6:30, ate breakfast, and headed to work out.  I came back home at 825, and the house was silent!

I walked through the house and gently woke everyone.  We were out of town this past weekend, so everyone was pretty tired.  Over the next hour, everyone ate breakfast and did whatever they needed to.  At 930 we met for our fifteen minute clean up (during this time, we each have an area that we are responsible for each week-vacuuming, dusting, picking up, etc.).  Next we moved to the sunroom for our group work.  Right now, we are reading a book together.  We also discussed the importance of Martin Luther King Jr’s work and how it relates today.

 

At 1030, everyone heads to the kitchen to work on independent work.  I hang out at the table during this time and help as needed.  Everyone worked until around 1215 at which time we ate lunch, and Parks started baking some cookies.

 

At 1:00, Parks worked with a local college student on making paper.  (He is studying Ancient China), and Sawyer and I read her book aloud and worked on her history-China in the Middle Ages.

 

At 230, Sims worked in his room on projects and the other two kids met up with some kids from the neighborhood who were off from school today.

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At 4:00, we hit the road for afternoon activities.  Sawyer and Parks went to music lessons.  Then Sawyer and Sims went to climbing practice.  I got a nice surprise tonight at the climbing gym-Nick came up to climb with me for a bit while the older two were at practice.  Parks just hung out at the gym until we went to get some dinner.  Then I headed back tot the gym to pick up Sims and Sawyer.

 

9:00. Home at last.  Now we are settling down for the night.  Sawyer is feeding the animals, and everyone is heading to their rooms for the evening.

2017/2018 Block 3

November was a full month for us without school!  Luckily, we were able to get some school in too.

Grade 5- Geometry

Parks’ third block focused on geometry.  This is the third time that I have done this block and it was by far the best time.  A good compass made all the difference!  I highly recommend investing in a good compass.  We will have our new compass for a long time as it is sturdy.

Grade 7- Wish, Wonder, Surprise

Sawyer’s third block focused on the elements of wish, wonder and surprise.  We used several books to go along with the block.  We discussed the book, “The Alchemist,” and how it contained  all three elements.  We read Gluskabe and the Four Wishes by Brushac, the Fisherman and his Wife-the folk tale, and Wonder to Me by Jill Thieme.  Sawyer is also working with a teacher on a creative writing curriculum.  This month, Sawyer wrote a story about a woman who went on the Titanic and survived.  It had all of the elements of wish, wonder and surprise as well.  Sawyer also did some of the geometry with Parks.

Grade 9-World History

Block three for Sims focused on the Medieval Era.  He has been through the early World History a good bit in his past few years, so this was a good time to bring the big picture together.  We looked at how the geography of the world affected history a good bit as well.

 

Homeschooling Gets Harder as Kids Get Older

I recently read an amazing blog post from The HmmmSchooling Mom blog entitled, “5 Reasons Homeschooling Gets Harder as Your Kids Get Older.”  Her post has me thinking about my own blog and why I have slowed down on writing-although, I think she nailed it!

Her five reasons include:

1.  School work:it’s more difficult and less fun. (Definitely, on my blog you will see the fun activities.  How many people want to see pictures of my kids sitting at the table working on math?  Or at the computer researching?  We try to keep the work “fun,” but even the fun stuff isn’t as exciting as the fun, crafty, hands-on activities from a few years ago.  Also, my kids just want to get through their work now and get onto their interests/activities.)

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This is what the mornings look like a lot of the time around here.

2.  Money (Yes and yes.  Curriculum costs more.  Interests cost more, unless you luck into finding a mentor.  I am also finding it tough to find opportunities for my kids that we do not have to pay for now that they are older.)

3.  Socialization (This is tough too.  I have three kids with three different interests.  Socialization happens but I tend to be more of a taxi driver.  The kids used to have a core group of friends at Latta Plantation-in fact, we went there a couple of times a week. As the kids got older, the group dwindled down. Now, they each have a core group of friends at various places such as the climbing gym, music, the neighborhood, etc.  I also do not take many pictures of my crew hanging out because they want and deserve to have their privacy respected.  The change in socialization for the kids also led to a change in socialization for myself.  When they hung out at Latta, I also hung out at Latta with some amazing moms and instructors.  Now, I have to make sure that I make time to see my friends.  A week can go by pretty quickly without seeing anyone!)

4.  Parents and children start to butt heads. (We have lucked out on this for the most part.  Now, we do have to occasional overwhelmed child but for the most part, we are ok)

5.  Support for homeschooling parents of older kids can be harder to find. (Definitely!  Where are the homeschool groups for preteens and teens?  There are a ton of groups around us for the little guys-ages 8 and younger.  However, it is tough to find parents of older kids to chat with about curriculum, life and how to adjust to the middle/high school change.  I loved my experience at the Taproot Teacher Conference.   I dream of finding something similar for older kids.)

 

2017/2018

Here we are at the beginning of a new school year and a new dimension in home schooling……HIGH SCHOOL!  Overall, we will have fifth, seventh and ninth graders.

Grade 5

Parks begins fifth grade.  Throughout the year, he plans to learn about tIMG_4123he ancient cultures, botany, anatomy and astronomy.  He also wants to work on his spelling and writing.  He made tremendous gains in his handwriting last year which means that he can focus a little more on content.  In years past, he narrated, I scribed, and he copied.  He will also continue with playing the drums in his band (The Beat Keepers), riding bmx bikes and riding horses.

 

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Sawyer jumps into seventh grade studying the Middle Ages through the Renaissance, botany, anatomy and astronomy with Parks, and creative writing.  Sawyer also plans to continue sewing, singing in her band (5 Lives), riding horses and climbing.

Grade 9

Sims transitions this year into high school.  I am still not exactly sure why, but this makes IMG_4142me slightly anxious.  He has quite a load of academic studies, but he is excited about getting started.  He will study Algebra, Biology, World History (the early years including ancient cultures and the Middle Ages), World Geography, English 1 (he will be tying in English with history), and Forestry.  He will continue rock climbing throughout the year and is going to try out a local sailing team as well.

We are moving to a more traditional approach to schooling in response to the kids’ requests.  I love the Waldorf approach using stories and art to bring concepts to life.  Thus, I am trying to do a bit of traditional, Waldorf and Montessori.  For the younger kids, we are trying out Shiller math (a Montessori-based).  So far, they are both LOVING it.  The lessons are short and to the point.  They are hands on too.  The younger kids are also using Growing with Grammar, Soaring with Spelling, and Oak Meadow for the rest of their work.  The first two books are pretty straight forward and to the point.  I am splitting up the grade 6 Oak Meadow curriculum.  Parks will work through the first half of the book starting with the Stone Age and working through the Ancient Greeks.  Sawyer will start off with the Romans (a quick review) and work through the Age of Exploration.  Sims is using Thinkwell for Algebra, Oak Meadow for geography and world history, various sources for biology, English writing with mom, and forestry using 4-H materials.