The Lilly Homeschoolers

by Robin
(WV)

Occasionally the day runs smoothly:

I'm up at 7, and do my morning routine such as making the bed, shower, etc. When the coffee is finished, I sit down at the table and read my daily bible assignment. Then I look over the children's lessons.

Once the kids are up, which is around 9, they do their morning routine. Then I start my twin preschoolers out on an activity of some sort and I sit down to do table work with my second grader. If all goes well (sigh), we're finished by lunch time. After lunch, I allow my second grader some time on the computer if he has worked hard that day, and I sit down with the twins and do their schoolwork. We use Sonlight, so we all get together and do our read alouds, science and history. Sometimes, we actually get to read everything peacefully. Other times, they get a little wiggly and we have to break the readings up a bit.

One thing I am still trying to train myself to do is, once the morning routine is complete, stay away from any other housework until all schoolwork is done. For example: ds8 has a handwriting copywork page to do. He doesn't want me to sit there and stare at him while he does it. So I tell him what I expect him to do, and I go fold a load of laundry. Well, I have trouble leaving the laundry load half folded to go check on his progress, so I finish folding. By that time, he has finished and is off doing whatever. I know what I need to do to avoid this from happening, but I can't seem to get the system in place.

I have other scheduling ideas that I want to try. One of them is bound to work.

The beautiful thing about homeschooling is the freedom to make your own choices to do things your way, and if they don't work out, no big deal. Nothing is set in stone.

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Apr 22, 2009
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Glad I am not the only one....
by: MJ

This is exactly what was happening to us. I would step out to fold clothes, or switch something from the washer to the dryer and when I returned, dd had finished her work and was on to playing dolls. Finally I started writing out some "independent work" for her - a little daily schedule with some items she can do on her own. It's working well.

There's not much on her schedule, just some things I know she can handle on her own and it keeps her focused. It usually includes a math work sheet, some copywork, some light reading, maybe a spelling worksheet.

I usually check on her (but at least I get my task completed now) and sometimes I sit down with her before she is done and go over some things with her.

I got this idea from a homeschool Mom who schedules three girls. I am grateful to have learned this and hope it will be helpful for you, too. : ))

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