Yay, we’ve reached day 30 of our 30 days of everyday blogging! Have I loved it? Sort of, yeah. Will I keep it up? No way, Jose! This is a lot of work, haha.
I don’t actually mind the work. It’s been really, really good for me to do this, and it’s put a habit of blogging into place that needed to exist, but I don’t believe that I will do it everyday.
So, now the question is “how often?” I could just say, “Oh, well, once or twice a week. I don’t know,” but then I think I would be destroying my new habit. If I’m going to do it once or twice a week, then I feel that I need to decide that by choosing two specific days of the week and then setting an alarm on my phone to remind me to do it. No willy nilly maybes.
What do you all think? How often do you blog? What works for you? For those of you who were in the challenge, do you intend to continue everyday? Why or why not?
Moving on: My 6 year old (the one who doesn’t want to age past ten or have babies when she grows up because it hurts) is now playing with a baby doll. NONE of my kids have ever played with baby dolls. They have one…for you know, in case. But they always choose stuffed animals. So, it’s been fun for me to watch. She just picked it up a few days after our interesting conversation about child birth (and how she’ll probably be adopting someday, haha), and has begun carrying it around…rocking it, changing its clothes, giving it baths and making it beds. I even made her a little diaper at her request. I don’t know what happened, but this must be good therapy for her. It makes my heart happy. She will be an excellent and very helpful big sister!
Also…though some of your kids have probably already gone back to school, I still have a little bit more time. Our homeschooling co-op doesn’t start until after labor day, however…giving me the extra time I need to implement my very ingenious new plan for getting through our school work in a much more timely manner. Four kids can take a while…and like I said before, I’m going to be a she-wolf about it, so I need a good plan.
Once a week, I am going to hide myself away and youtube the kids math and reading instructions for them. I will tape myself as though I’m talking to them…giving them instructions for what materials they will need before they begin, and places for them to pause the video so that they can gather these materials and/or work out a review problem in their head. What will I be doing while they get on the computer to do this? I will be teaching something to another kid. I will be helping student A with their math worksheet (now they’ve heart the instructions) while student B listens to theirs. I will be practicing the alphabet with my 4 year old while my 10 year old learns her new phonics sound so that she’s ready to read to me when I’m done. I will be there for discussion and help instead of for every bit of instruction time…actually, I will be there for that too (because I will be able to be in two places at once. Online and in the living room). I’m so excited I can scarcely sit in my chair!!! It may be a lot of prep work once a week…but if this helps me get through all of our subjects for all four kids during the week, it will be totally worth it!
You might be asking why I just don’t go to online classes that already exist. This is a reasonable question. I just really like the curriculum we have, and so I’m willing to go the extra mile to use it. Also, I want to start weaning my ten year old off of having me be there for everything. Eventually, I would like to see her pick up the teachers manual, learn the lesson, do the lesson and then check the answers herself…and only come to me when she has a question. I was homeschooled and did this quite a bit. Reading instructions and comprehending what she is reading is something she needs to begin to learn. I’m fairly certain she’ll be weaned off of my videos before the year is half done. That will leave us more time to do history, science and art together …and to really enjoy these subjects and discussion time.
This may be a crazy idea, but it’s worth a try 🙂