Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Working up that nervous 'pre' school frenzy!

Hey there! Here I am! I know you forgot but it's me - that strange country bumpkin with the presidentially named kids. Crazy how the calendar moves before I realize that although I've been blogging in my own head, I've not actually typed any of it up for you to see since last month! LOL! I guess I was hoping that you all had telepathy....

Just have so much on my mind these days! There certainly isn't time for blogging with the 'end' of last school year's work (well, kinda since we 'schooled' all year this year) and the lovely weather and summer activities. I've been to see family in Phoenix, family in Maryland (and I got to meet Mary's beautiful new boy - nanny, nanny to you all - he was adorable!), North Carolina, and, just yesterday, Washington D.C. - trips which have kept me up to my eyeballs in planning and laundry and catch up (on the return). We've had swimming lessons and karate and play dates galore. I've been "painting my thumb green" with a new (albeit TINY) garden, perennials, and flower baskets. And I've been making some headway on the seasonal clothing change (takes me f.o.r.e.v.e.r in this house!) and closet cleanup.
(Jefferson eatin' more sweet peas than he's picking for me!)

(Jefferson earned his yellow belt in Wado Ryu Karate)

But what really keeps me away, is the planning I need to get done for this coming (in 2 1/2 weeks?? Yikes!) school year where Reagan will need more time consuming teaching, Jefferson is headed into a new curriculum (we've chosen Sonlight - yay!) and Adam heads to pre school (Lincoln, at 2, will be doing his best to cause all sorts of mess and distraction - his specialty right now!).

I ordered Core 3 (Intro. to Amer. History), Science 2 (so he and Reagan could share), and Language Arts 3 from Sonlight this year. "Box day" was last week and I've only got the Instructor's Guide put together, with no progress on labeling and shelving the books, or entering the assignments into my Homeschool Tracker Plus (which I love too much to give up even though it requires much input time). The kids LOVED the books and spent a few days pouring over them before I had to tape the box back up (to keep Jefferson from reading too many) Sheesh, what a problem to have - lol!
So in order to tackle the Sonlight/HST+ combination & entry, I joined both forums and have been ignoring this dear blog. Dh has offered to take 'The Four' out of the house on Sat so I can get some good data entry/ planning time in. I am hoping that I can keep my head on straight because I am finding that I have trouble focusing these days. Deadlines always help though!

The other issue I'm trying to tackle at the same time is the planning of Reagan's 1st grade year. I am nervous about what we will be able to accomplish since she is still only in basic readers and is having trouble with eye tracking. I still need to plan out her phonics lessons to incorporate the multi-sensory techniques that are oh, so important and effective with her, as well as figure out how to incorporate some of SOTW1 with the Mystery of History I plan to use instead (more another time on why). It is critical that I get her plan completely mapped out since I have discovered this year that her lessons easily get shoved to the back burner in lieu of Jefferson's work.

At this point, I am thankful that I have a roll top desk since it looks like my head feels - completely disheveled! But...I am hoping (and praying of course!) that prioritizing and using lists will help me plod through little by little and get it all done. I've done it before and hundreds of ladies before me have done it too, right?

Ohhhh, the fun "pre" school, planning I mean. I am glad for the excitement about the new year and new goals that comes with it though! Hopefully, it won't keep me away from here for too long....


Becky @ BoysRuleMyLife said...

Hi there! So nice to have you back for a moment in the bloggy world! (I've been slacking this summer, too!)

First off... I'm SO jealous of your garden! And a boy that eats peas! WHew... mighty jealous. Say a prayer for me! :)

Congrats to J on the yellow belt! Woo Hoo! I've been bouncing around the idea of karate for Will this next year. (I'm also thinking Cub Scouts would be right up his alley.)

I'll have to look into that Homeschool Tracker link. Very interesting... indeed!

I think I've had my "frenzy" moment. I'm still a little nervous, but I've finally gone through all the curriculum for the first 12 weeks and got it down on paper. I only bought curriculum for the first quarter (when possible) in case I don't like it and can then switch to something else. Anyway, I'm feeling better about the whole thing, even with the nervousness. :)

Hope you guys have a great weekend!

Luke said...

Love the Box Day story [smile].

May this be your best homeschooling year yet!


Mary@notbefore7 said...

Oh all you folks and that homeschool Tracker...i might have to do it this year.

Let me know how MOH goes for you! That is what I am hoping to do in two year - looks good but I recall LA not liking it.

Congrats to your boy on his yellow belt!

My frenzy comes and goes in spurts. :)

mom24 said...

I think the history thing depends on the kid. J learns very normally and SOTW worked for him. But I know R will NOT make the connections with that book. AND I didn't like having to try to pull biblical history into the timeline - MOH has that done already.
Yes - the more I get to know my HST the more I like it! It'll be even more useful as we get to teaching FOUR kids -accckkk! ;-)


argsmommy said...

I know what you mean about blogging in your head -- I too have been guilty of that lately. : )

Enjoy your day of planning!


Monica said...

Busy, Busy!! You mentioned switching out clothes and I just about broke out in hives!

I often tell myself if we could eat the same thing everyday and have only two pairs of clothes each then school would be a breeze:).

Have fun with Sonlight! We have loved the books and have quite a library at this point. I had planned on reading some of them this summer, but alas.

Good to "see" you and know all is well in your world.

Jennifer@DoingTheNextThing said...

whew! you've been busy this summer. your garden is pretty impressive for 'little' and i love the pic of the kids and their box of books. we've had a couple of similar days here as things come from amazon. you've been working really hard, and your diligence will payoff once things get rolling! blessings!

Mrs. Taft said...

How are things going? :D

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