Homeschool Weekly Moments and Musings – Life In the Fast Lane

Homeschool Weekly Moments and Musings

Life In the Fast Lane

{Link up at the bottom – My Moments and Musings is a rundown of our whole family’s week}

It seems as though the busyness of last week has trickled into this week. It was CRAZY! INSANE! EXHAUSTING! And it’s not even over yet. I still have to work tomorrow. There has been so much going on that we barely got any school done. I contemplated not even doing a post this week. But then I spoke with another homeschooler who talked with another homeschooler and it seems that we all have been in the same boat because of random life things.

Do you ever have weeks like this?

Interestingly though, as I type this post, my Tee is researching the career of law enforcement completely self initiated and she read her siblings a book for bed which was her idea. That seems pretty good to me especially since self initiated learning is rare in my house. I also heard of deschooling this week which I’d never heard of. Apparently this pattern of doing less school (or so it seems) is good for cleansing the stresses of traditional school out. Sounds good to me! Have you ever heard of this idea?

I think I am going to have to accept the fact that working and homeschooling = crazy times on a regular basis. Our schedule is not always dependable so it makes it tough. Both my husband’s and my job have been a bit hectic lately. He has been called out or had to have court every day he had off (which is during the middle of the week).

Not  only did I have to do my regular time in the ER (1-2 shifts a week) but I got called out twice in the middle of the night for sexual assault cases. I do this job because I know it is important and I have a passion for advocating for these victims. But, it definitely makes it hard to function during school hours. If there is one thing I can say about this it would be: Moms and Dads – teach your daughters to protect themselves and to understand the dangers out there earlier than later…and teach your sons to be good, moral men who are kind. And if or when something terrible like this happens to one of your children, love them and never put blame on them. The junk that goes on in our world is insane.

Okay, off the serious soap box for now….

If you missed the Sunday news, our Valley finally had her single little buck. He is adorable! Be sure to check out our new edition! Sunday was also the day that my post, 7 Scheduling Tips for a Working Homeschool Mom, was published over at Hiphomeschoolmoms.com. It has been shared about 500 times! I am planning on continuing to write about this special focus. I would love to hear from you in regard to what you really want to read when it comes to working homeschool moms.

Monday was our community Classical Conversations day and on Tuesday we got to have a unique “field trip” experience that was put on by a local Symphony. This group offers special presentations with 3 different violins, a cello, and a base. They played the most beautiful music and went into some of the very things we’ve learned in CC. This was also my Little Man’s birthday. He turned 6. Prior to this performance I told him we would take him to Toys R Us to pick out his present. After seeing the beauty of these instruments and talking with one of the violinists, my son only wanted a violin for his birthday. :) Maybe this spring he’ll be trying this out.

Homeschool Weekly Moments and Musings - Life In the Fast Lane 3Since Tuesday was my son’s birthday, we spent the day enjoying our family. We went to an arcade and out to lunch with just the 5 of us….and then in the afternoon we had appointments and art class to do.

The next day I was a zombie because I didn’t get to bed until 530 am. We had more appointments this day – I really don’t get how all these appointments stack up like this! We also bought a new Tundra this day! :) I’ve been using our minivan to transport straw and alfalfa so it was NEEDED.

As you can see, the rest of the week sorta goes just as busy as the first part so I won’t bore you with that. In times like this, it is so great and useful to have computer programs available to the kids. I was able to get them set up with the computer so they covered most of the subject independently. I definitely don’t plan on this every week, but it’s a great back up plan for sure.

We have continued using Science4Us.com and am loving it. I had been a bit worried about the software because it is secular but I haven’t seen anything yet that conflicts with our beliefs. The program has supplemental paper quizzes that we started using this week too.

Homeschool Weekly Moments and Musings - Life In the Fast Lane

In closing, Little Man is continuing to improve with understanding some new concepts that have taken a little while to get. Since he is a numbers kind of guy I’ve started numbering the letters in words to help. We have seriously struggled with understanding what last sounds are. With numbers, he gets it. :) One puzzle piece found!

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*****This post is part of the weekly link-up called, Homeschool Weekly Moments and Musings. Documenting your homeschool adventure is a great way to keep track, look back at the good times (and not so good ones), and at life’s lessons. Whether you document your daily plans, achievements, or have a random thought, lesson learned, or an aha moment, you are welcome to join the link-up.  Link up at the bottom of the page.

Click here to see the rules. In order to participate please include a link  back to this post in your post that you link up below. You are welcome to grab a button on the sideline>>>

Have a great week!

Heather

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Comments

  1. says

    I didn’t even post this Friday because it was one of those weeks for us. I work 5 days of the week but can flex it anyway I want. Unfortunately with snow I’ve had to make up hours which me switching school around of missing days. So we had a light week and just skipped Penmanship, Reading, History and Spelling for my 4th grader 3 days this week. My older daughter did her work on her own with the knowledge that this weekend mom would review what she should’ve done and we will go over it together. After checking her work, she did accomplish a lot independently but there are some things we will go over this weekend – but not much. You are not alone and guess what? Homeschooling allows us flexibility so exercise that. Also, your jobs would be considered emotionally stressful and the fact that you do them and come home ready to school your family, take care of your Urban Farm and hold a marriage together is commendable.
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    • says

      I read your post (they are always great)…yes snow is awful for the most part. You are so right about the flexibility part. I am thankful we will be doing year round – it just isn’t going to work any other way. It also takes the stress off a bit. Thank you for your kind words. Emotionally stressful is a great description.

  2. says

    It IS hard to be a working, homeschooling mom. I don’t have to leave the house, but my blog and curriculum writing sometimes take up QUITE a bit of time. I’m having trouble finding balance, so I’m headed over to HHM to read your post about that. Thank you :-)

    Have a wonderful weekend, and thanks for linking!

    • says

      Blogging is a job all by itself! Writing curriculum would be hard to, especially with little people in the house. It is hard to find balance for sure! I always love your stuff and tell everyone I know who homeschools to checkout your place. Thanks for visiting :)

    • says

      I’ve had the problem with lack of structure and routine too. Hoping to get back into the swing of things with more structure but I”m also hoping the lighter load has helped them in some way. Nice to see you! :)

  3. says

    Deschooling sounds like a great concept to me! I can feel your stress coming through your post! But like you said, Sometimes that;s just the way life is! You’re doing great things not only for your own kids either! I am in awe of you! Congrats on your new family member. Happy birthday to Little Man. I love the violin! It’s great how you came up with a unique learning aide Little Man. Hope this week has proved to be a little less hectic! Oh and congrats on the guest post. I’ll check it out!
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  4. Amie says

    Hi! I am so excited to have found your blog! A friend sent me your recent working moms post on Pinterest. I can totally relate to this! I am also an RN. I work 2days a week in our hospital’s float pool. My husband & I have 3 girls, 8, 6, & 4 and this is our first year to homeschool. I would love any thoughts on juggling school, work, & life in general. Thank you so much for blogging for us working homeschool moms!

    • says

      Amie! It’s so nice to see another nurse! Before I started this blog I thought I was a rare find but there are actually quite a few of us. I am glad you are finding this place useful. I’m new at homeschool too but as I learn things I will definitely post! I will be regularly contributing at hiphomeschoolmoms.com and here about the subject! :)

  5. Jessica says

    Hi there,
    I am a RN as well and work one day per week. I love your blog especially the fun ideas regarding CC! I was wondering what phonics curriculum you using with your Little Man? Thanks so much! Jessica

    • says

      Another RN, so cool! I’m glad you are liking the blog! We’ve been trying out a few different things for my Little Man because he has some learning disabilities. We initially tried PAL, the younger version of CC’s Essentials curriculum (institute of excellence…IEW) but my kiddo wasn’t mature enough for it. We tried some other things that didn’t work out too well. Right now we are just using a combo of explode the code, all about reading (pre-reading book), and Spelling You See (a curriculum I’m reviewing). It has been a real struggle to find something that works for auditory processing issues but these seem to be going better than other’s we’ve tried.

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