This week has been a better week. Not because it was perfect, but I can definitely feel my change in attitude and the sun has been shining! I think my kids love to be able to go out of the house as much as possible.
Today, my oldest was protesting school and I was trying to keep my anger in check. So his day got spaced out. Instead of doing it all first thing this morning, he did a subject or two, then went outside with my youngest. While he did that, I helped my other children through other subjects, then went outside and did his history with him. We still have a few other subjects but I feel more relaxed. I still need to get through math with two of my kids, and music/art.
As far as math, my son says he hates,math, but he isn't really doing too bad. We are using Teaching Textbooks 6 to try to get him where he needs to be. So, at first I just asked him to do 5. He still protested. Then I said, do 5 and then do at least 10 sit-ups, push-ups, etc. He did 5 and I joined him in doing 20 sit-ups. He just did 6 more, didn't want to do any other work-out, until I said do a minute doing jump-rope. He said okay. So we both got a jump rope, though mine was tiny, and tried to jump rope as much as possible for a minute. He is doing 6 more problems and said he wanted to do push-ups next. So, we will keep this up until he finishes, and get some gym time in as well! Yay for that (and I get a workout as well)!
I keep getting nudges about overdoing it so switching it up today was a great idea, and I think God inspired it. Because of the possibility of my son going to school, if not this year, then next year, I have been more pushy then usual. I want him to be prepared and not be too lost when he gets there.
Not only that but I feel lead to have my two older kids help with the meals again. They loved it and I really want to give them the opportunity.
Also, I was inspired to cook some meals based on some on the time periods we have hit in Story of the World Volume 4: The Modern Age, using recipes in the activity book, and really make our learning extra special. One is a Napolis pizza (we went through how Italy became a kingdom again) and maybe a cake with the Taiping coin on top, since we talked about the Taiping Rebellion and a little about the Opium wars and how the British helped the Qing dynasty. Everyone thinks history is boring, but I think it is really interesting. Especially the way we are learning it, compared to when I was in school and only thought some was interesting. It depended on how the information was presented, but I am definitely learning more now then I ever did, and I hope my kids can learn and retain interesting things as well.
Speaking of which, we just finished our read-aloud "Courage to Run" which talks about the beginning of Harriet Tubman' s life when she was a slave, and her heart's desire for freedom. My kids wanted me to keep reading. Following a suggestion from different homeschooling sites, I decided to do my read-aloud books in the morning. The next one I need to finish is Farmer Boy and my next read-aloud on schedule is Across Five April's. We shall see how the kids respond. It helps when they get into what we are reading.
What is the coolest thing about homeschooling? Those moments when you are learning together and loving it! I don't want it to be all dry and boring. So I am really praying God inspires me on the way!
As far as the house, since I am feeling better emotionally, more seems to be getting done. Not perfectly but I am praying God helps me make it so it is smoother. Even if that means downsizing more. The laundry pile must go!
Anyways, how is your homeschool going? Did you start yet? What are you planning to do?
Have a blessed day!
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