Friday, January 10, 2014

i miss sesame street

     Yeah, yeah I have been quiet again. You try homeschooling four different grades with the holidays and everything going on and see if you have sanity left to string words together. As we get deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole of homeschooling it takes more and more hours of prep and schooling.

     When they were little we finger painted, watched sesame street, counted animal crackers, and practiced the alphabet and felt accomplished. Now I have to stair step through math, science, geography, social studies, language arts, history, art, asl, and reading. All while planning around my husband and other needs. (Although I'd be lying if I said the break from scouts, sports, and farming/gardening this last nine months hasn't been awesome.)

My routine looks something like this:
730 wake up, let dogs out, cook
8  feed kids, dogs, cats, and other assorted animals
845 clean up from the above step
9  shoo the kids away to do assigned reading
905 to 935 look for said assigned reading books that magically moved since          yesterday
935 go back to cleaning only to find the mess has taken my absence to get
        amorous and multiply
1030 start Honeybear's breakfast
11  clean up from second breakfast making, tell kids to start writing
1115 pausing to break up the fight over pencils for writing
12  start lunch, threaten kids with principal if they don't finish chores and
1210 let dogs out and back in three times in a row cause they really need to
         go but it's too cold for them
1  serve lunch
130 pack Honeybear's lunch box, locate specific hoody that has made a break
         for it since he set it down
2   tell kids to get ready for school core (bathroom, hair combed, homework
         ready to turn in etc.)
230 Honeybear leaves, school core starts along with dishwasher
645-8 school hours are over, dinner is started, kids tv time 
830  Honeybear calls on break
9 to 915 bedtime routine
915 to ? repeatedly tell kids to go to sleep, turn tv on to a mom show and check
       over school work and plan or alter school projects and objectives while
       letting dogs in and out for final time of the night and the cat meows

But the bonus of all this extra school and kids getting older? They help out more with keeping the house up. So heh who cares I'd rather plan how to build bones than do dishes any day.

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