With seven kids you have two options: stay organized or go with the flow.
I am thankfully a very organized mom so I chose to fall under the category STAY ORGANIZED. It simply is not an option to go with the flow. You need to have a set time and a set schedule.
Why I Homeschool
When my daughter was born it was decided that I would stay home with her and my husband would go to work until she was old enough to start kindergarten.
So in 03 when she started school - I had it all planned out. I was going to return to my job as a family lawyer and work during the day.
So one day I decided to surprise her with a visit and when I arrived to her class I was AMAZED and SHOCKED, but more shocked. The kids where allowed to do what ever, and the teacher allowed kids to go to the bathroom whenever.
So me being organized person my head almost broke off! I just wanted to take over the class. So that day I talked to the teacher and the principal. The principal said she had more important things to do and the teacher just walked away. So I picked my daughter up from school and took her home.
That rest of the day I was thinking what I could do because I didn't want my child to return. When my husband returned we talked it over till I would say 11 pm. We had thought of another elementary shhool or private school and it never crossed my mind to homeschool. That next day I was watching the news and a segment about kids and their education came up and thats when it crossed my mind that I could homeschool.
At first my husband thought I was CRAZY! But then he became more confident and I knew I could do this. So the following week I started to homeschool my daughter and the following year my twin sons. Then a year later my other daughter, and two years later my twin sons, and two years later my other twins. I personally believe that homeschooling is the way to go.
My Homeschool Schedule
Here is our schedule :
7:00 We are all up... 7:30 We get ready for the day and eat breakfast. 8:30 School Starts and we do the morn. basics: - say the pledge - say our prayer - I collect homework - If there is time left we do a warm up. 9:00 English - Spelling: M-F - Grammar: Tuesdays - Writing: Wednesdays - Vocab.: Thursdays - Literature: T-Th. 10:30 Recess - Snack and Bathrooms 10:45 Clean Up 11:00 Math 12:30 Lunch 1:30 Science or Social Studies - Science on Mondays and Wednesdays - Social Studies on Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:15 Block Activity - Mon.: Music - Tues.: Language - Wed.: Art - Thurs.: P.E. - Fri: Free Play or Free Choice 2:45 Work on Homework and Snack 3:30 Clean Up and Dismissal 3:30 Break 3:30 Chores 4:30 Finish Homework or Chores 5:00 Relax...Yes! 6:00 Dinner 7:00 Showers and Baths 8:00 3 youngest go to bed. 8:30 4 oldest go to bed.
7:00 am...Wake Up and do the schedule over again...
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