We have two weeks of school under our belts this year. We started week three off today. How are things going?
Things are going well....very well. The girls are plugging along and learning. Yes, there were a few tears and a bit of whining the first week. However, I am happy to say that those are less frequent now.
I am uber organized this year. I have been setting aside an hour or two on Sunday afternoons when Claire is napping. I spend that time prepping everything for the coming week. I go over my lesson plans so that I am fresh on what we will be covering. I print out or copy any papers that we will need. I bookmark websites that we will need to utilize. I order library books for the coming lessons. I prep supplies for upcoming experiments. It has made a world of difference. In years past I wasn't as organized and it showed. It was not uncommon for me to have to scrounge things together at the last minute. I am homeschooling three kids this year! One thing I could not afford to do was to be unorganized. I was bound and determined to stay on top of things this year and so far it is paying off. I am less stressed and happier and so are the kids. I asked Annie what she thought of the school year so far and she said that it was better than previous years because it was more organized! From the mouths of babes....
We did our first science experiment last week. We made gliders with different wing shapes to reinforce our lesson on air pressure. It went perfectly because I was organized. I had everything ready to go ahead of time. The kids enjoyed it and I enjoyed watching them learn outside the classroom.
I prepped everything for this week yesterday. We are making our own teepees and longhouses as well as dioramas to learn about habitats. It's going to be great! Know why? Because I am organized! I am declaring "organized" my favorite word for this school year!