It’s alright to have a different schedule…

Working Momma,  I know you are often tired and worn out.  If you are like me, the vast majority of your homeschooling mom friends are full time moms.  That’s ok, there is no contest here.  We each need to do what God has called us to do for our family.

But, friend, if you are anything like me you find yourself sometimes frustrated.  My child does homework at 6:30 am while someone else’s child may not start until 9 am- and your child is of the age they realize the difference.

Or my biggest struggle is we cannot go on that field trip or fun group outing yet again because my schedule cannot be changed for the week due to some meeting or appointment.  I let mom guilt get the best of me- especially when my child knows about the trip I cannot make work.

Let me encourage you- it’s just fine to have a schedule to meet the needs of your family.  Your child will forget about that fun trip or have time for a different activity because your schedule looks different. God has called each of us to serve our families- but it’s going to look different for all of us regardless if we work full time, part time or stay home full time.  So, if you see a fellow homeschooling mom doing something you wish you had the time to do, do not despair- just do your very best.  It’s alright to be on a different schedule and not keep up with the rest of the homeschooling world.

 

 

 

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The Two Week Countdown

Two weeks until we start back to school in our house.  (Honestly, part of me is not ready!)  I have the first week of assignments done, except I’m really struggling with what to have her read.  We dropped a text book reading program this year in favor of books that will challenge her, but she will enjoy more.  (Any suggestions, friends?)

I’m also working on menu planning the first few weeks of school.  This summer I’ve had days where I have not had to use the crockpot every day- but that first week back on a school schedule- I think I’ll be using the crockpot.  One less thing to think about!

I purchased what few supplied we need a couple of weeks ago.  After you homeschool a few years, it seems new pencils, notebooks and erasers are about all you need.

I’ve also been using time watching her extracurricular activities to work on her handwriting notebook for the year.  Since she usually does this without me around, I have numbered all the assignments so we do not have questions every day.

What are you doing to prepare for back to school?

Chores and the Working Mom

Chores.  It’s an area I admit I’m probably not the best at as a mom.  Because we start school at 6:30 am each day and finish in the afternoon/ evening, sometimes (maybe always?) often easier to do the chores myself.

Now, I do insist on the bedroom being kept clean.  However, as a working homeschooling mom, I find it’s often easier to do things myself during the school year and introduce new chores in the summer when we are on break.  I have more time to help teach the chore and we are not as rushed in the learning.

She helps with laundry, vacuuming and dusting and has throughout this last school year.  We also have some animals that my daughter helps with each day.  This summer we are working on helping with cooking.

What chores do you assign in your household?

Crockpot Chicken and Noodles

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Here’s an easy- but maybe not the most healthy- meal for a busy day!

Crockpot Chicken and Noodles

2 frozen skinless chicken breasts

1 can cream of mushroom (or cream of chicken) soup

1/2 cup sour cream

pepper to taste

egg noodles (I try for about 2-3 cups cooked)

Spray crockpot with a non stick cooking spray.  Cook chicken mixture on low in the crockpot all day.  When it’s done, it should shred easily with a fork.  About an hour before serving, cook egg noodles of your choice in boiling water on the stove.  When they are done, drain and add to crockpot.

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That’s it!  I don’t recommend letting the noodles stay in the crockpot more than a few hours of they loose texture.  We also like the Amish noodles as pictured, but eggs noodles work great too.

I’ll be serving this this evening with mashed potatoes (the potatoes are cooking in a second slow cooker) and will make peas when I get home.

For me, this is a great meal on busy days that I almost always have the items needed to make it.  It can also easily be doubled to feed a larger family.  My recipe feeds the three of us with leftovers.

Do you have an easy slow cooker meal idea?

Preparing for next year… a great DVD!

I’m still trying to decide on a lot of things for Classical Conversations next year.  I’ve personally been in the process of some spring cleaning and I found our Liberty Kids DVD series.  As we will be on Cycle 3, which is American history, this is a great addition to your home to reinforce the history memory work.

My daughter loved this series at age 5 and still loves this series at age 8.  We have this Liberty Kids DVD series but you may also see if your library has it available for check out as well.

While we do not encourage a lot of screen time, we do seem to find ourselves on the road quite a bit, especially in the spring and fall.  My daughter enjoys watching the DVDs while we are traveling and they can be a fun treat at home as well.  (It’s also a good time to listen to the CC CD’s.)

If you are like me and on the rare occasion have your child at work with you, this is a good option to take in a portable DVD player at well- especially if you have something pressing.

Do you have any great suggestions to go with CC Cycle 3?

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Words on Wednesday

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I’m continuing my series on our summer schedule this week.  While I do encourage reading every day, I insist on reading some kind of book on Wednesday in the summer.  I try to buy some fun ones ahead of summer and we also use the library.  Normally the reading occurs at home, but give the day, I may send it with her for the day.

Right now, we are enjoying a couple of books from the library.  (Disclaimer, my child specifically asked for a Spanish and Latin book and of course a Barbie collector book was nearby.   Also, CC friends, this is Latin nouns, etc.)

As for Thursday, Friday and the weekend…it’s summer.  If she wants to do something great, but I do not expect any type of schoolwork.  Sometimes our Tuesday project will spill over though, and that’s fine.

Do you have a summer schedule that works for your family?