Even though I try to keep our traditions light and simple (and we started school in early August, so we could lighten our load in December), I still find myself frequently overwhelmed during this magical yet oh-so-busy month. As often as I can, I try to curl up in bed (made toasty by a heated mattress pad, of course) with a mug of green tea steaming on the nightstand, and a good book leaning against my knees. If you find the opportunity to sneak away and do the same (which I highly recommend you do), I’ve got a few book suggestions for you… as well as one that you might want to skip. Here’s what I’ve been reading lately: [Read more…]
I apologize for it being quiet over here at GC&M lately; our family has been adjusting to a new school schedule. Yes, we’ve been doing school since early August, but a lot of our programs and extracurricular activities begin after Labor Day, and it can get a little crazy! I’m delighted to report that all the “helps” I’ve enlisted this year are turning out beautifully. Logan is enjoying preschool, and I received an email from his teacher a couple of nights ago saying that Logan’s off to a great start at school, and he always has a smile on his face. I’ve also put my name in the running to chaperone his upcoming field trip to the apple orchard. Would you believe I’ve never been apple picking? Fingers crossed I get to go! I’m also really pleased with Shane’s online Latin class. I observed his first class and was a bit skeptical at first, but I’ve noticed that the content has gotten “meatier,” and I love that Shane’s working on Latin for more than 2.5 hours/week (vs. the 1/2 hour-ish we were doing last year). He enjoys the class and participates frequently. (Conner and I have to crawl on the floor Mission Impossible-style to avoid being on the webcam, which is all kinds of fun!) When the stars align (AKA Shane is doing his online Latin class, Logan is at preschool, and Theo is napping), I am able to work one-on-one with Conner, who is still very reliant on me for his schoolwork. Our mornings are so much calmer, more productive, and restful.
Besides our new school routine, I’ve got some other favorites I’d like to share with you! Here they are, in no particular order.
Do you still need to print your 2017 Student Resource Packet? Don’t sweat it! I searched online and couldn’t find any instructions, so I tried to figure it out myself. I’m a first-year Essentials mom, so it is possible I made a mistake, but my son’s SRP looks pretty good to me! 😉 Read on the for simple instructions! [Read more…]
The 2017-18 school year starts for our family today! Why are we starting so early? I’d love to tell you that we’re just that ambitious or that we all love doing school so much that we just can’t wait any longer, but the truth is that we plan to take off the entire month of December (except for CC, of course) and do all. the. Christmas. things. !!! This year, we’ve got a fourth grader, a first grader, a preschooler (who will be hanging with us and going to 3K part-time), and a pre-walker!
I’ve had a couple requests for a tour of our homeschool room, so here it is! I feel the need to add the disclaimer that a homeschool room is absolutely not necessary when homeschooling your children. We do school in our school room, but we also do school work all over the rest of the house and quite a bit outside as well! That said, I do like having a central hub in our home for all things relating to education. I have a place to store everything, and being in the room gets our minds in “school mode.”
Click below to go on the tour in all its one-take, dark footage glory!