The past few weeks, we've all struggled with poor attitudes. I've been praying on it because I've probably been the worst offender.
Today was a gorgeous sunny day, until an hour ago. Now its cloudy and cold again. Its been that way for weeks. We've had alot of rain and its been cold. That has really affected our attitudes. Plus, I've been tired from lack of sleep and trying to do my homework. Thankfully, I have only a few terms left and then I will be "edjumacated". I hope to finish my bachelor's degree by December.
Today a lightbulb went off over my head. Yes, I good hear the click and "see the light". Not only were we suffering from dark and gloomies, my kids were really wanting some one on one mom time. We usually do as much school as we can together. I can see that its not working anymore. I need to focus on working with the kids one on one more.
Today I did that. I threw the schedule out the window.....we don't use it anyway. Its more of a checklist of subjects to complete each day. I focused on spending time with each child. All but Princess, who believes that she really is one, I was much more successful today. TL only really needs my help with a couple of questions, spelling (we use All About Spelling), math, and grammer. Its pretty easy for me to work with one girl, give him ten minutes or so and then work with the other and back to him for a few minutes. I have to say, it worked out really well. We didn't finish everything, but well, did I mention it was sunny today? It took me a while to figure out what that giant yellow thing in the sky was....at first I thought we were being attacked by space aliens.
I'm hoping that as they get used to this routine, things will run much more smoothly. Its hard to devote attention to one when the others are interrupting. I think that once they realize it will only be a few minutes, they will learn to wait patiently. (I can hope, right?) Each will have assignments to work on while waiting and the big girls like to color and read to the littles. It helps keep them busy and make the big girls feel like "teachers".
So, on Mondays, Thursday, and Fridays we will work on :
all the above but history and science
Wednesday are the "easy" days. I have a crazy night of running around Tuesday night and everyone's usually tired on Wednesday. So we do History, Science, Geography, Art, and Music. Any projects/experiments are done on this day.
I've also been alot better at reading aloud. the kids are really enjoying it and so am I. TL and I are reading 39 clues and girls and I are reading Felicity.
I have also taken away Bible Study. The kids just weren't getting what I wanted out of it. Instead, I'm reading bible passages adn we're discussing them. Its going much better.
Have a wonderful week!