Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Our Second Year of Homeschooling 2012

Well, we have officially started our new homeschool year, our second homeschool year to be exact.  We started Monday, August 27th.  The girls were so excited to start, it really blessed my heart.  So far, it has been running smoothly and wonderfully.  Little Bethany has been added into the homeschool mix with 3 year old preschool learning and fun.  It's a challenge keeping up with 4th grade, 1st grade, and preschool stuff, but it's all working out and for the best.  Kelly and Lyssa are doing A Beka Curriculum and Bethany is doing some preschool A Beka with a variety of other learning materials.

I am relieved we started now as we can slowly add in other activities and homeschool learning to our schedule.  Here's an example of our full schedule starting next week and beyond:
  • Mondays: Homeschool, Chores, Piano Practice, FREE EVENING! Yay!
  • Tuesdays: Homeschool at the Carr Ranch (my parents home in the country), chores, piano practice and Pioneer Girls.  (Christian Girl Scouts type program)
  • Wednesdays:  Homeschool Connections classes in Farmington Hills: Kelly: History American Girl Class and IEWriting program and Lyssa: Fun with Spanish and P.E. and Piano Lessons at home!  Quick chores when we arrive home! We are doing the Homeschool Partnership with Oxford Virtual Academy and Homeschool Connections.
  • Thursdays: Homeschool, chores, piano practice, and Kelly/Gymnastics!
  • Fridays: Homeschool, chores, piano practice, and Lyssa and Bethany/Dance!  Once a month will be Fun Fridays for Homeschoolers at Ward Church so that should be fun too. =)
Of course I have to include my writing schedule and other duties into the mix, but it will all be worth it!

As you can see it will be a very active and busy schedule, but it also looks like it's going to be a lot of fun!  I love planning our own schedule.  This is a definite perk to the whole thing, haha!

Happy Tuesday!

Blessed to be a wife and mom

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Our Homeschool Schedule for 2012-2013

I have finally gotten our schedule together for our new homeschool year.  It's going to be busy, busy but it's also going to be fun.  I am just praying for strength and endurance this time around as a little more has been added to the schedule vs our first year of homeschooling.  Here is what our homeschool schedule is looking like starting next week.
  • Mondays:  Homeschool, piano practice, chores, my writing schedule
  • Tuesdays: Homeschool, piano practice, chores, my writing schedule, Pioneer Girls in the evening
  • Wednesdays: Homeschool Connections classes (4 of them: American Girl History, IEWriting program, Spanish and P.E.) Piano Lessons, chores, my writing schedule.
  • Thursdays: Homeschool, piano practice, chores, writing schedule, gymnastics
  • Fridays: Homeschool, piano practice, chores, writing schedule, dance
Thankfully, dance, gymnastics, and homeschool classes will slowly make their way in after next week so the week of the 27th, we will just be adjusting to our homeschool schedule.

Of course there is meal planning, etc. thrown into the mix.  The girls get up time will  be 7:00 am and mine will be 6:00 am for my early morning workout, otherwise I will not have time to fit that in there and this mama has got to stay healthy, haha.

If you homeschool, how is your schedule looking?  Of course as homeschoolers we know that no schedule is set in stone and there is always room for flexibility.  This took me some doing as I am a planner and a stickler for schedules.  Even following a schedule from time to time is great for everyone to get into a nice routine.  Kids thrive on routine.

Have a blessed rest of the week everyone and see you next week!

Blessed to be a wife and mom!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Northern Michigan Adventures

Oh my, it has almost been a month since I last posted.  It's so hard to keep up sometimes, but I most definitely don't want to drop my personal homeschooling blog.  This will become a treasure to my family one day when transformed into a book, can't wait!

Last week, my family and I took a nice and long vacation just north of our state.  We visited Onaway Sink Holes, Alpena, Mackinac City and Mackinac Island, Gaylord, etc.  Eventually, we would like to plan a trip to the Upper Peninsula, Michigan with the girls.  I just love it up there.

As you can see in the pics it was an adventure for us.   Walking up and down the sink hole steps were a definite challenge for them, but they did it and weren't even tired.  Gotta love the energy of a child.  Thankfully, I am in shape ( I think, haha) so it was not difficult like I originally thought it would be.  I enjoyed the added workout, haha.

We enjoyed lying out on the beach and having R&R as a family.  It was a blessing especially since our homeschooling adventures will start up again in full swing the last week in August.  Our schedule is going to be jam packed, but I am pretty excited and praying I can keep up.  Let's just say I will be a piano mom, dance mom, and gymnastics mom on top of our homeschooling adventures, pheww!

I am hoping to post once a week this coming fall.  I am most definitely adding Jewels in My Crown to my editorial calendar of other writing tasks as I want this to be one of my top priorities. 

Many blessings!

Blessed to be a wife and mom!

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