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Slacker Mom Does Homeschool… Kinda.

My last posts about homeschool were approximately one million years ago. Anyone who happened to read those posts since then probably pictures us, sitting daily at our dining room table, working through math facts and adorable literary themed crafts and activities.

You were wrong.

My plans are grand and typically well thought out but my brain is just a teensy bit defective, so all that energy kinda sputters and dies.

At the beginning of the year, my commitment to homeschool was really wavering, honestly. Everyone in my world was discussing kindergarten and teachers and testing and assessing and… I was just so bored at home. I went from full homeschool obsession to full quilt obsession and looking at curriculum was boo-oring and our current curriclum wasn’t working the way I imagined so I prayed about this upcoming year in a whiny kind of, “am I reeeally supposed to homeschool” sort of way and the answer was

Well, okay then. Fine. I can at least start online shopping for new and improved curriculum. I do like to shop.

My pessimism shouts, “sure, spend more money on more curriculum that you’ll be bored of by January and you’ll decide isn’t working for you and then your husband will shoot evil eye daggers at you when you suggest purchasing more curriculum so then you don’t and you just kinda ‘make it work’ but we all know that means lay on the couch and not do anything.”

My pessimism would like to add that anyone capable of writing such run-on sentences might not be the best candidate for teaching reading and writing.

Here’s what’s changed in our “kindergarten lite” curriculum, bullet point style.

  • “Lite?” More like ridiculous overkill. Seriously. Let’s play number games and read some Bob Books.
  • I more or less ditched the math curriculum in the last few weeks. Pretty dry, repetitive, and just too MUCH. Hard to explain with a bullet point, lol.
  • Five in a Row changed quite a bit and could also use a post of its own. {*Snort* Don’t wait around for that.} Basically… we read the suggested books for three to five days and that is it.
  • I stopped taking pictures because it unintentionally pressured my perfectionist daughter.
  • Calendar time got nixed due to lack of consistency and fun.
  • I really failed on teaching the Gospel the way I had hoped this year, but since I never pre-planned it, it never happened. :/
  • We still do UPSTART with Waterford’s Rusty and Rosy program but cut way back, just doing the minimum to remain in the program. (Anyone Utahns interested in knowing more about this program? Leave a comment.)
  • I GOT SMART and started using the system I had mastered for my Walk Beside Me LDS curriculum: one file folder with everything in it. I even brought back the old preschool cutting/tracing/pasting workbooks mentioned here. Every page is ready to go, organized by the week, for the remainder of the school year.
  • We still do chapter book read alouds, but we read them at bedtime, with her public schooled sister. I want them to both love books, and it’s our favorite time of the day.

Are you sensing a theme? It’s a theme I’m calling SIMPLIFICATION. Maybe I’m just too lazy to homeschool the way some of my homeschool blogger heroes do. Maybe I’m just more honest. It came down to doing the least school–and enjoying it!–or not doing it at all because it was all too much.

For anyone who thinks they couldn’t homeschool because it’s “too hard,” I want you to know that what this comes down to is that each day; we play a math game or two (more if I can maintain her attention with some apps), we read a Bob Book or other early reader, we read a picture book, a poem, and perhaps a workpage or two.

It’s bugging me that I don’t have a good paragraph to neatly tie this all together, and I’m also tempted to open Photoshop and create a little graphic to hide the fact that I have no pictures to go with this post (blame the perfectionist!), but I’m just going to hit publish or it will be the hundredth homeschool post saved in my drafts to date.

The End.

A Stay At Home Mom Morning Routine

Ugh. Routines. The worst.

That is to say, I am the worst at routines. Our only real routine is not having a routine. That’s pretty routine around here.

I’m trying to mix it up though. I fell off the homeschool horse (doing better now but not great) and really… we’re just lazy all day here. That’s not exactly the enlightening educational scenario I imagine for my kiddos. Even if I don’t homeschool? Well gosh, I could still get dressed for the day before noon, right? RIGHT?

I’ve noticed too that when I get dressed earlier on–the day goes better. I’m less likely to doze off or pretend I’m not home if someone knocks on the door. It’s not just about getting dressed though. I have a whole list of things I’d like to accomplish in the mornings; house tidying, school work, making my bed, doing the dishes, and even posting something on this here blog once in awhile.

When I’m up and going, my kids are not as likely to be spending the day watching TV. We are all less likely to munch on random snacks and delay lunch until 2 p.m. I’m less crabby because I’m not hiding under blankets and telling the kids to watch just one more show while I sleep and they jump on my head.

I asked on Facebook for some tips and advice on creating routines. I’m still trying to figure out what I want my routine to be, and these ladies had some awesome ideas. For now, I’m going the BABY baby steps route. I’m beginning minuscule slivers of order that will absolutely not overwhelm me. (For the record: FlyLady is a great resource for starting routines and baby stepping, but I tended to take gigantic leaps into her program and burn out. Go figure.)

If you’re skimming this, here’s the important part:

My first step will to be dressing each day by 9:00 a.m.

That’s it. No makeup or shoes, just getting out of the pajamas and putting the clothes on. 

Ideally, I’ll be adding more once I get comfortable in this goal. Wanna join me in creating a SAHM Mom Morning Routine? (or Dad! That’s cool too!)  Leave a comment here or on Facebook so I know I’m not alone–and I’ll be held accountable! One thing: this is super chill. So if I wake up tomorrow with the flu, then you can forget about it, okay?

Are you there, blog? It’s me, Sarah.

No, seriously… are you there?

Recently I was made aware that my blog was acting truly funky (thanks to a Facebook follower!). I’ve gotten it back to normal on my web browser, but last reports were mixed from my testing sources (a friend, and my mom.)

If you can see this, would you tell me if things look okay? If you can’t see this, you will know things are not okay but are unlikely to report that. But if things do go well–and really, you would know if not because you wouldn’t be reading this!)–will you leave a little comment, and let me know?

Perhaps you could tell me what browser you’re using too? (Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Android/iOS device, etc.)

Also, if you can see this… hi. It’s nice to see you around!

To Do List

Today I need to:

  • Go to the bank and ask them to refund the money spent on my debit card in my stolen purse.
  • Go to the DMV (ugh) and get a new license.
  • Pick up a new Epi-Pen to replace the one in my stolen purse.
  • Clean the kitchen, really, really need to do this
  • Finish a totally cute (hopefully!) LDS printable to post tomorrow :)
  • Do school with my kindergartener.
  • Go to the library, as promised to my kindergartener (unless she forgot??)
  • Meet my husband in two hours for a consultation about his probable sleep apnea
  • Be home at 3 when my kids get home from school.
Today I have: 
  • Dozed in bed while my toddler watched TV
  • Dozed on the couch/played on my phone while my girls colored with a permanent marker (I can’t see this going badly, can you?)

The Salt Lake City Home Show

Do you ever go peruse your local home show? This weekend at the South Towne Expo Center there is an AWESOME home show going on. I happen to be sort of an expert on home shows, because I drag my kids there ALL the time.

My husband’s family business, Stanfield Shutter, can be found at the home show! My super cute hubby works half of every home show, so I load up the kids, say hi to him, then browse the aisles of the show. Frankly, I do it to get out of the house while he’s working until 10 pm, but the kids load up on freebie candy while I get discounts on home repairs, services, and more. My kids love their bags of swag, and I love the home show-only discounts.

THIS Saturday, guess who else will be at the show? The totally adorable, totally ADHD (go Team ADD!) Ty Pennington. Get some design tips from his free workshop, or just sit and stare dreamily while your kids, hyped up on sugar, run around in circles.

Come to the home show, and stop by Stanfield Shutter for their KILLER home show deal. Just be sure to tell the sales guy Sarah sent you–its probably my husband! Get more details HERE and discounts for show tickets!

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