Curriculum, Kids, and a Frazzled Homeschool Mama leads to Controlled Chaos!

I can not believe that January is almost finished and this fun Virtual Curriculum Fair being coordinated by Susan at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds is coming to a close.

 

We’ve shared:

Reading and Beyond: Language Arts in Our Homeschool

Learning Math Block by Block

Learning About The World Around Us

Fitting in the Arts When Homeschooling

Now we get to share about how it all fits together.

Puzzle solution

My ideal homeschooling experience would look very much like it did back in Maryland before J was born.  We were using workboxes with the boys and getting a LOT of work done.  While it took a bit of prep work for me, the rewards were worth it.  Not only did we get more school and ‘fun’ work done, I also had things graded and into Homeschool Tracker Plus right away.

 

Everything was so clean and organized after my sister spent time helping me get order out of chaos.

Loving the new shelves!

 

 

I’ve yet to get things as organized in our new house here in Alaska.  But, I’ve set up zones for work, which are visible in a post sharing a peek into our schoolroom.  Things are shifted around a bit, but I haven’t had a chance to take photos when the schoolroom is actually clean.  (‘Cause I know that people don’t want to see a messy schoolroom!)  Below you can see how we have the spelling board set up in the window well by the primary work table.

 

Schoolroom last year

 

The problem is that the boys sometimes go into hypersensitive mode and take issue with hearing another brother breathe.  So, I have a current project in the works to create individual study carousels.  Once those are made, I’ll be sure to share.

 

I am not good at setting a fixed schedule for the boys (as I shared a while back in a post titled Spying on the O’s.)  Instead, I give them checklists of what work needs to be done.  Homeschool Tracker Plus makes it easy to do and I can have a week at a glance for them.  That way, they can play catch up as needed or maybe get a head start on something.

 

Here is what P’s main schoolwork checklist looks like for this week:

HST+ Schedule for the week

 

Our big challenge right now is keeping J from burning down the house or hurting himself while I attempt to work with his siblings.  Sadly, I have to admit that my more fluid schedule idea might need serious changing with each brother having a turn at doing ‘school’ with J.  I suspect he’s getting into so much trouble because he wants the attention and ability to do things alongside his big brothers.

 

Suggestions in how to solve our current ‘issues’ are most welcome via comments here or email!

 

**************************************************************************** Homeschooling Hearts & MindsThis post is being linked up with other homeschoolers as part of the Virtual Curriculum Fair hosted at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds.

 

Visit other responders tackling the topic of The Nuts & Bolts: Pulling it all Together!

 

Comments

  1. We have a similar problem with our youngest who will be 3 in a couple of months. I don’t know what the solution is, but whenever one of the older kiddos is not occupied with independent or one-on-one work, they are usually pretty good at keeping her occupied. Good luck, and remember, it is only a temporary season, he’ll grow up very quickly.

    Thank you for joining the Virtual Curriculum Fair.

  2. Tim Lintz says:

    Homeschooling is a difficult task, but the results speak for themselves.

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