We have a family system in place to keep things running as smooth as possible. I am a firm believer in setting rules and expectations so that everyone knows what is expected, the rules are laid out and leaving little room for disagreement. Now this is not a perfect system, but it sure makes things easier.
Welcome to part 3 in my homeschooling blogging series! If you are just joining me, please check out the first few posts in the series:
We are just starting our school year and we are off to a good start. But when we first started, I did a lot of research as to what the day should look like. Then I used some trial and error and came up with what worked best for us. Thursdays and Fridays are a bit different, as we try to do something with our homeschooling group. We have gone to Air Heads Jump Zone, the community pool, and this week we are heading to a local park for a lesson in sea life and shells.
I was in the middle of a Homeschooling blog series when our world was rocked. I am taking some time to deal, process and hug my babies to the point of driving them nuts. Lucas has been having nightmares and so have I so sleep is also much needed.
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Part three to my homeschooling series was to come out tonight but I haven’t finished writing it. I planned on finishing it after Jon got home tonight. We had our first homeschool field trip today and it was awesome, but this evening something horrifying happened.
Please, KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON YOUR KIDS! Tonight at the McDonalds a homeless woman grabbed Lucas told him to come with her and tried to walk out with him. I was right there and grabbed him out of her arms, while Jon came over and told her to get her hands off him. The police were called but she was gone. But it only takes a second people, it happened so fast and even with me watching and walking towards her as I saw her approaching Lucas (I mean I was so close I could hear her telling him to come with her, I was just telling Jon we were sitting in the high top which was right next to the register) I couldn’t believe what was happening. I shudder to think if I had my back turned getting ketchup or a straw and she had those extra seconds to get out the door. Seriously. I am still shaking.
So forgive me. I will get it posted tomorrow but I need to call it a night. I am just too shaken to write or even think. Praise to God for protecting my baby.
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I shop for all of my homeschool supplies on a budget and quite a tight one. I find the best deals, discounts and use as many free resources as possible. Before we get into this, please check out part one of my homeschooling blog series, Why We Homeschool – a Teacher’s Decision to Homeschool.
When I began planning for this school year I did some research on the curriculum, supplies and how to schedule. I made a list of the recommended supplies and some of the most recommended curriculum (in my homeschooling groups). Then I broke it all down in an excel spreadsheet at the current prices. You can see my list at the bottom of the post. Of course there is a ton of great stuff out there but I am not trying to spend a fortune! We are on a tight budget so here is how I planned out curriculum and supply list out.
Here are my money saving tips!
The school year has started and I am super excited – this is going to be our first year homeschooling! I am a certified K-6 elementary teacher but have not yet used my degree! I became pregnant with Lucas soon after I graduated from college and was making good money freelancing so I never pursued a career in the public school system. I am blessed to have such an awesome job, but I absolutely love teaching. I am excited that I can be home with my boys and also put that 45K degree to use. (Not that I wouldn’t HS without an education degree, it is just a bonus.)
A Little Bit About My Teaching Experience
While I do not have any experience in the classroom as a paid teacher, I did complete three internships while in the college of education at USF. These internships took course over three semesters and with each one I gained more experience and responsibility of a class. In my final internship I taught 2nd grade and I loved it. After a few weeks of warming up, I was eventually turned over the reins for the majority of the semester. That meant I was there M-F working from 7:15 am to 4pm (often longer) -it was full time, no pay. I had an amazing teacher to study under for that final internship and I learned so much from her. I learned about organization, planning classroom management and so much more – I am incredibly grateful for that experience.