My first day ever of homeschooling is over……and we are all still alive!!!
I thought I somewhat had a schedule and believe it or not, it was pretty close. I had some things to do with my kindergardener, but I found a cool curriculum within the last few days and decided to get it this morning. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, huh? I actually found her free printables, but the organized curriculum drew me in. I like directions 🙂 So, this morning as my 4th grader was getting ready to start school (which she needed my computer for) I was downloading and printing like crazy….getting her off to a late start.
Once we got through that mess, my 4th grader went to work. I was sitting next to her organizing the little one’s stuff and noticed that her videos and pictures weren’t coming up. Great. I thought they were all ready, now 5 minutes into our first school day, issues present themselves. I called the curriculum provider and was told that I need a flash player, which I thought I had. Apparently not. I tried to download it and it told me that Google Chrome, which is my browser, already had it. Well, that’s great, but I need it to work without my internet on. After a few trial and error moves, I successfully installed it and up popped her visuals….yay, me!!!
|4th grader….(the 6th grader said it was too loud and retreated to her room…lol)|
We went on about our day with the big girls doing their thing and my little ones (yep, the 3yo got involved, too) at the table with me doing their ‘stuff’.
Earlier in the day, I got a text from the mom of a little girl I watch asking if she could come today. I told her that she could, but not until noon….as I wasn’t sure how today was going to go. At 11:45 I considered calling her and backing out. It was absolute chaos for a little while.
In the midst of it all, however, it fell right back to peaceful. I was very mindful not to get riled up and to watch my tone. I stayed on top of bad attitudes and corrected them before they could multiply. We went with the flow and when unexpected things came up, we dealt with them….I mean, we have all day with no time constraints, right? It really doesn’t matter if we are an hour behind, and as someone that isn’t good with strict schedules, that is awesome for me.
Eventually, by about 2pm we were completely done. My 6th grader raced through hers and wasn’t happy with her grades, so I cleared them and she did the whole day’s assignments again. Much better the second time around. It definitely takes time to figure out new systems, but they are catching on fast. I learned a lot today, too. I am getting more familiar with the curriculum and it’s becoming more comfortable.
So, even though we had an equipment malfunction, a unexpected addition of curriculum, some excessive noise, another baby added in, some late starts, and a few meltdowns……it was an amazing day!
Our loose schedule is this:
- breakfast together/Keys for Kids devotional together
- older 2 start they’re computer curriculum while younger two do table work with me
- older 2 finish anything not done (on a normal day, they would be done with this by now), little 2 lay down for movie and/or nap
- older 2 read for 1/2 hour and do their own devotional
- free time/start dinner/extracurricular activities/etc.