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I Have Much to Tell You.

…but I still can’t find my camera charger! I’m hoping that as I pack to move, it will surface. With my luck, it will surface once I’m unpacking in the new house.

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Speaking of a new house! Actually – I’m totally superstitious so I’m just gonna keep those details to myself. In less you know me in real life, in which case, I’ll probably tell you far more than you are interested in knowing. I don’t want to jinx anything here on the blog!

No pictures to show. I should pack a box or something.

Hopefully soon (really!) I will tell you all about our curriculum for the year and how our year is going. It’s already off to a better start than last year, though I’m not sure how throwing a potential move into the mix will affect things.

In other not so surprising news…

My kitchen is a mess. The kids are driving each other crazy. The kids are driving me crazy. And I just this second realized I should have put in that darn frozen lasagna an hour ago.

Lost? #adhd

I would very much like to share some cute pictures and updates on how our first week and a half of homeschool went. However… I have misplaced my camera’s battery charger and my camera is dead so I can’t upload them.

I’m also missing our rechargeable battery charger if anyone has seen that…?

One other thing, it is apparent that I’ve lost my marbles. I’ll be hunting for them under the couch and behind the dresser as I attempt to locate miscellaneous battery chargers.

All a day in the life of an adhd mind, I tell you.

Confession: I’m a Big Ol’ Scaredy Pants.

2013 curriculum

2013 curriculum

sooooo….

Tomorrow is the first day of homeschool (and public school!) for us. {We’re a dual-educated family; my oldest two kids go to public school, and my youngest two kids are homeschooled.} I’m kind of like, freaking out. Just a little bit.

I keep wanting to post our “curriculum” plans, because I’m proud that they are actual plans, not just half-formed ideas. Last year, I posted our “Kindergarten Lite” curriculum. While my 4 year old easily worked on a Kindergarten level, I took ‘lite’ a little too literally… Or in other words, I was really bad at consistently doing anything.

This year is our official Kindergarten Year: all the kids my daughter’s age are headed out into the big scary elementary school with brand new backpacks and tennis shoes. My daughter is staying home and having her education held at the mercy of my energy levels. If we’re going to keep on doing this Homeschool Thing, then I have to actually do it, not just curriculum shop and plan and obsess only to skip the days when I’m feeling lazy, because that’s every day. 

I’m afraid to post our curriculum plans because I’m afraid. I’m afraid to “fail” again, and I’m afraid to publicly post plans that could end up being a complete joke. I know it’s Satan who tries to convince me that I’ve failed at all. In spite of me, my daughter excelled in the last year. Her reading has absolutely blossomed, and yet again, she’s easily working on a level above her school age. But.

But. But but but.

I’ve spent all the money, and I’ve talked the talk, but I’m scared that I’m too lazy/un-energized/overwhelmed/ridiculous to actually walk the walk.

Can I be a real homeschooler? Or has it all been an interesting diversion from any number of household tasks I should be doing??

Psst… sorry all these posts of late have been homeschool related. I’m completely obsessed with not screwing this year up! What are you obsessing over right now?

A Burst of Energy

Approximately once a month, I get a huge burst of energy which I typically lack. By “lack of energy” I mean, really, negative amounts of energy. When I get this surge of vitality I actually wake up early all by myself. I beat the kids up. NO. I do not beat my kids up. Ever. Ahem. I meant to say, I awake earlier than my children. Gosh, English can be tricky. :s

Where was I?? That totally killed my train of thought… hrmmm….

Oh yes. As I was saying, when I have these glorious moments of energized, uh, energy (?? see, English is hard!), I try to take advantage of it and go go go until the going is gone. It’s a temporary, likely hormonal, rush that is running on limited time. This morning I woke up at 6:00 a.m., fresh with whole new homeschool worries and anxieties on my mind. (And now, the ability to speak English seems like a limiting factor in my daughter’s schooling experience.) Soon, I was rearranging the living room. It was on my list of things to do but the list gets longer and longer and rarely does the doing get done!

The rearranging commenced. I had to move the book shelf over to the other side of the computer desk. It was in a dark and dusty corner and I wanted this year’s curriculum on it and I wanted it to be within arm’s reach of the table. All the better for the lazy homeschooler, yes? All of a sudden I was playing musical furniture–a very heavy game–and moving this stuff into that shelf, moving that shelf over here, moving the stuff that was on that shelf into that box that I just dumped out, then moving that stuff that’s now dumped into that storage tote I just emptied, and on and on and on and on….

The ironic thing is, I went to all this work despite the fact that we’re still hoping to move soon. (No word on that front, unfortunately.) Just your typical small-house-juggling-to-educate-your-kids-at-home switcheroo.

Do you ever feel the urge to rearrange your house allatonceinabigbigrush, or do you like to reorganize a bit more… methodically?

FREE LDS Tot School & Preschool Printables!

Lead Me, Guide Me Tot School

It’s my birthday! To celebrate my 08/08 birthday as well as 800 Facebook followers, I have a freebie for you all!

I’m so excited to announce a mini project I’ve been working on for a bit. I absolutely love my Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool Curriculum, but it is definitely geared towards older preschoolers. This K4 program assumes your child recognizes his or her letters and is starting to learn the sounds associated with each letter. Today I have a free download for you: LDS preschool printables for the youngest crowd!


It is designed to work with the Walk Beside Me curriculum or as a standalone activity (also: think FHE and Sacrament Meeting activities!)  If you have an older child who is ready for Walk Beside Me, start your tot on these simple hands on activities that go right along with your theme for the week! If your child is a bit older, but perhaps not ready for some of the activities in Walk Beside Me, use the Lead Me, Guide Me set to fill out your weekly curriculum. This download contains 5 activities: a Do-A-Dot page, a coloring page, a collage page, a ‘trace then write’ page, and a phonics coloring page. (Look here for an excellent example of collage pages!) There are 130 total pages in this download alone!

Click the DOWNLOAD button below to receive your free printables! This download is absolutely free! If you find it useful, please consider donating! Donating helps support this blog, supports my LDS homeschooling endeavors, and helps me justify the time and energy in creating more printables for you. Feel free to donate as much as you feel this curriculum is worth to you!

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