Oh how I miss the lesson plans being done for me. Planning out each subject, then fitting it into a schedule that works with teaching two grade levels, and with three subjects that the older two both are doing but can not do at the same time (2 of which need my assistance)….blech.
Okay, now that the mumbling is out of the way this post can continue and in a better manner. I did finally figure out a schedule where the older two can switch out the subjects when the other is working on them, I can assist when needed, and also with a block of time where they are self-learning so that I can do phonics, handwriting, and math with the twins. It only took me about a month to sort, sift, and organize it all amongst all the things we wanted to get done this summer.
I decided to ease into school this year. The older girls have already started their Teaching Textbooks math and they love it. It has a good track record, was recommended to me by sources I trust, and is looking to be a good fit for our family. Next up we will add in a handwriting refresher in cursive for them and beginning printing for the twins. After that I will probably add in reading. History will be next since it goes hand in hand with my plans for 5th grade reading. The girls will all four be doing history together, though at a much deeper level for the older two. The twins will be enjoying the “story” of it along with a look at the globe and a map. The older two will be making a timeline along with lists of important people, inventions, etc.
It is my hope to have us up to full-time by the end of next week so that we can get a couple of weeks full-time in before vacation. Vacation this year is a light affair. No tromping through theme parks or driving all over creation. We are going to hop on an airplane, sit by the pool, hit the golf course once or twice, and read. I am bringing some school with us. I will not be bringing much with us, enough to keep a bit of momentum, but nothing that will eat into our days.
On a side note: isn’t my sweet husband lovely when he is on a diet, lol! I am not having the issues he is having on this diet. My energy is down, but that is something that I hear is common. I am getting tired of eggs for breakfast, but not being picky about what I eat, I have had a few no-egg mornings. I do have to say that come monday I am not sure which fruit I am going to eat, but I know I am picking fruit over grains or sugar. While on this diet I canned nearly 50lbs of the sweetest juiciest peaches. Having the girls test the gel on my preserves was so hard and I slipped up once and stuck the frozen spoon in my mouth without thinking. The girls are begging my to make a cobbler out of the peaches we canned with honey and spices, but I know my limits. Jam I can resist, cobbler would be too much smelling so warm and spicy sweet while dishing out.