I am writing this down because I want to remember this day. Before I went to bed last night I had a bad attitude. I wanted to chuck this whole school at home/homeschooling thing. I was thinking of 50 ways to get out of it. And then the baby was up so many times I think I might have gotten 3 hours total of sleep in 30 minute increments.
But I had just spent several days coming up with ideas and schedules and things to make our day go smoothly and to make sure I didn't forget to add in fun things. So I got up this morning and reminded myself that I couldn't quit right now anyway so I might as well use the tools that I had put together and see how it would go.
I used the schedule. I used the chore charts. The kids used them too. I had them check things off. I wasn't so stuck to the schedule that I stuck to it religiously. I let things go here and there. I decided we could do spelling hopscotch to go over spelling words instead of just writing them 3 times.
The point is, for today, it worked and it worked wonderfully. I am happy not angry. I am not stressed and I actually enjoyed today. Even though my three year old pooped in his pants while I was doing language arts with my 7 year old. It didn't take long to clean up.
I instituted D.E.A.R (Drop everything and read) for 15 minutes on their own beds and they.did.it. Wowza, I was surprised.
And then this happened:
We were doing science and we had to go through
the house to measure things. One of the things was a phone book (we
don't own a phone book anymore) so I grabbed Ryan's Bible and I said,
"Lets use this book." Isaac promptly said, "Mom, that is not a book
that is the Word of God." I was so proud of him.
So I am writing this down today so that I can come back and look at it on my hard days and on the days I don't really want to do this anymore.