Back to the Grind Stone

Whew, I’ve been posting a lot of reviews this week! I’m trying to get caught up on my TOS Crew reviews. During the Christmas holiday, I got behind on the deadlines they’ve set for several of the products. I’m about halfway to caught up now.

After about three weeks of completely NO SCHOOL, we’re going back
to the grind stone on Monday. I’ve got my plan written out, and I’ve set a goal of getting up by 8 o’clock each day so we can start school by 9. That is going to be SO HARD for me, and I’m still not sure I can do it.

I know it sounds awful (especially to all you early birds out there), but getting up in the morning is probably my greatest difficulty (and greatest weakness). Even when I’m bone tired, I get a second wind around 9pm and end up staying up until midnight. Then I feel exhausted in the morning and stay in bed until 9 or 10. The boys have learned to sleep late, which is fine with me. BUT I’ve realized that we simply cannot complete all the schooling I want us to do if we don’t get started until 10 or 11am.

Goal #1: Get up earlier.

We’ll be continuing on with some old favorites in the curricula department and using a few new things as well. I’ve discovered so many wonderful curricula and supplements through the TOS Crew, and I’m excited about using them. Here is a line up of what we’ll be using this spring semester:

I’ve worked out a schedule to try to keep us on track. I actually put times on it for once, unlike the schedules I usually use, but I’m not sure how that’s going to work out. With a baby, I just never know when it will suddenly be diaper changing time, or fussing time, or wake-up-early-from-nap time. The 30 minutes allotted to grammar or spelling could very quickly turn into 30 minutes spent tending to the baby.

I’ve also worked chore time into the mix because I often feel that we can either do school lessons or do chores but not both. We’ll see how things go!

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  1. I know just what you mean about the 9pm "second wind". I do the same thing myself. What saves me from sleeping in is my granddaughter arriving at 7:30 the next morning to start her day with me.

    I love the lesson plan you found that uses the Little House books. When my daughter was small, she was fascinated by both the book series and the television show. She pretended she was Laura Ingalls all summer. It was the most peaceful summer I've ever had! ( Laura Ingalls never, ever sassed her mother…)

    Thanks for stopping by the patternbook!

  2. I totally know what you mean about getting up in the morning…I hate getting up early!

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