February 4, 2012

Homeschool Days 2/4/12

I don't think I can do anything but laugh at my ever-lengthening post frequency.  These are probably boring posts to read anyway, so I'm not going to worry about it.

Over the last couple of weeks we've kept fairly busy, made a few changes in our schedule, and are attempting to find a rhythm again.  It's a frustrating reality that we can't seem to do everything we want to do.  We love having friends over, but then we don't get a chance to sit down together for reading or computer stuff.  My sister asked me last week about socialization (again) and I was just so flabbergasted.  At the time she asked there were five additional kids over (plus her and another mom).  Not for the first time, I am feeling like we over-socialize as some sort of proof that as homeschoolers we are just as good as public schooling families.  Housekeeping is a major PITA because if we don't keep on top of it, it just gets out of hand.  Most days I want to throw 90% of what we own into the trash.  And there are just some things that need to be done on a weekly basis at least, vacuuming, bathrooms, the kitchen.  It's never ending.   As you can probably tell, I'm feeling pretty overwhelmed right now.  We are just going to have to continue looking for a balance.

We recently changed our free days to Sunday and Monday.  These are days where I have promised the kids that I won't make any plans for them.  They can use the electronics all day and stay up late at night.  These are our "radical unschooling" days.  It also helps us go into Tuesday park days with less interruption in our flow.

So that's a lot about what we haven't been doing.  I should probably write about what we have accomplished.

I signed the kids back up in Time4Learning.  They were asking me nearly every day when I was going to do it, so I figured they really meant it.  Of course, we haven't been home enough to dig in yet.  I guess I'll bring it up tomorrow and see what they want to do.

We've had a lot of friends over in the past couple of weeks so most of our days have been spent cleaning before and after, with playing in between.  On the upside, I think Robotson is doing much better getting along with different kids.  

We are participating in a Valentine's exchange for the first time this year.  Since it's our first, I wanted to do something a little more than boxed cards.  However, the task was a bit daunting because there are 39 kids participating!  Still I figured if we started early, and picked simple crafts, we'd be able to finish on time.  Funny Girl and Dimples have finished theirs with a little help from me in the name writing.  Robotson will start his next week.


We are *still* reading Coraline and Odd and the Frost Giants.  Both seem really interesting to me, but the kids don't seem to agree.  Of course, I can't seem to finish my own books these days either, so I shouldn't really give them a hard time.  The books need to go back to the library this week though, so we are going to have to push through them.

Robotson and I started Magyk this week, but only read one day.


  1. I love your blog title!! that is my hope for my kids..that they learn to think! Right now in public schools they are reviewing test questions for the state exams..they review the ?s and hour a day and tell the kids what answers they are looking for...never considered teaching them to want to learn to think about the answer...we have kids here all the time too...I stopped feeding them and that helped!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow bcd if you can.

  2. Our kids loved the movie adaptation of Coraline.

    And I always want to through out a bunch of our stuff, maybe not 90% but most of it!