Good Morning fellow homeschoolers,
Today, I realized just how quickly a school year goes by. Even as I am surrounded by my children on a daily basis, the school year flies by. Before I know it, it's time to start planning the next school year, finding activities to keep them busy through the summer, and well... finding time to breathe as a mom, wife, and grad student.
It can be done. But it is also important to remember the basics.
Curious? Read on.
Hello faithful readers,
Today was a great day! We did some learning, we had some fun. And by fun, I mean to tell you: we jammed to some hard hitting licks from our very own little ones.
I am constantly amazed by their independence, their yearning to learn something new. Thank goodness my husband is musically inclined, because if my kids depended on me for music, it would be the clarinet! Great instrument, but not something that typical boys would be inclined to play.
No. They love the guitar! So sit back, hang on and enjoy these little clips from their impromptu music show!
Until next time,
Good day readers and passers-by,
I can only say "Woohoo!" We are over the holidays! SO over them. In fact, we are so beyond the holidays that we are ready to begin preparing for our annual spring break camping trip! For the last two years, we have ventured out into nature and recently decided that we would try to visit a new state park in Arkansas every year, and hopefully, more than one time a year. Last year, we camped three times. Hopefully, we will get to venture out of Arkansas before all the kids have graduated!
The first time I ever went camping, it was a horrible experience. I was in Girl Scouts. The trip was going to last the weekend. We had our tents, sleeping bags, and all the junk food a gaggle of girls could possibly need. What we didn’t have was good weather. The weather was rotten. Rain and rain and more rain. But we were determined to make the most of it.
Until the tent began leaking. It wasn’t long after that and we were piled into cars and heading home. The plan was to stay at the leader and assistant leaders houses and continue with the scheduled events in our local area. I just wanted to go home. I was wet, cold, and sleepy.
Fast-forward some unspoken number of years and here I am – a homeschool mom – and lover of camping. The outdoors appeals to me in such a way, I don’t know that it can be explained. I’m not physically fit, but I enjoy walking in nature! Listening to the sounds, appreciating the beauty of the scenery, and seeing God’s amazing artwork in the skies from sun up to sun down.
Last year was great! We even had our neighbors attend our trip with us and were blessed enough to get campsites that were side-by-side. I love our neighbors and value their companionship, especially when we get to experience nature together.
This year, I’m hoping to be a little more prepared. So now, I’m left with the exciting (yet daunting) task of making sure I don’t forget anything, unlike last year, when the knife was so greatly needed and I’d left it behind.
I’ve decided that I am going to assign tasks to each of the kids that will be going, so they can contribute to the work, and have a little responsibility during the trip.
But before I get to that, I need to get some basics out of the way! Be sure to check out our prep list – this is a smaller sample of the one we will be using.
Until next time!
Hello Readers and Passers-by,
It's been a Wednesday... all day. I'm feeling it, too. I woke this morning with goals and plans. I've accomplished nothing. Well, I can't say nothing, but I did not cross one thing off of my task list. So much for that.
Is it me, or are the mid-week blahs real? I have tried multiple times to avoid these and this week, they caught up to me. I am never ready for them, either. I would blame it on the weather, but it's been this way all week.
What do you do to tame the mid-week blahs? I'm curious and would love to hear from you.
In other news, I've thought of nothing new to do for homeschool this week. I really am feeling a burn out. I want to feel that elated feeling I get at the beginning of the school year. I know it will happen by the time we start back to work on the 2nd, but this week is just... terrible. I find myself getting bored (and that NEVER happens). I could read, but I don't want to sit still. I could clean the house, but I don't want to work.
Tell me I am not the only one who experiences this feeling? Please!
I think I'm going to take the remainder of the week off from the blog, from homeschool, from it all. I'm simply not going to do anything blog or homeschool related (if I can bare it), and just rest.
Until next time,
As a homeschool mom, I find pleasure in some of the most simple things. From a 10 minute shower to a five minute foot rub, those little things keep us going. But since the holidsays are upon us, I thought I'd share some of my greater enjoyments.
Thank you for stopping by. We are into our second half of our first quarter and I want to talk to you about downtime. Over the past couple of years, I discovered that taking a much needed break was important to me for a number of reasons. Whether it be to get caught up on housework, to take care of those doctor's appointments, or to even get in touch with friends and family, I wanted those things to happen. However, I knew that taking time off from school could be a bad habit to get into. I was afraid that taking time off would ruin the good run of school work we had been accomplishing. I was fearful that the kids would get "lazy" in their learning and simply not do the work. Truth be told, I was also afraid that I would get "lazy" in my teaching. Taking time off was a "want" basis at that time. If was it wasn't a necessity, we didn't do it. And that was my first mistake.
By now, our homeschool day is nearly done... and I'm frazzled! The kids have felt extraordinarily ornery today. From complaining about the ceiling fan to not having enough raisins in their breakfast cereal, and all points in between. Needless to say, we needed a break. Then I thought of something I had forgotten...
Good Monday Morning to you all!
I try to make Monday's more pleasant, but that is not always the case. For instance, as I was (disinterested in) rolling out of bed this morning, I began reflecting on the last 72 hours. Our kids and I went on a camping trip this past weekend. I find that getting out into nature really does help curb the electronic addictions that many of us face, myself included. Time seems different when you are camping. Everything slows down. You can really take a moment to hear your own thoughts. All weekend, we were laughing, cutting up with each other, and despite our oldest coming down with strep throat (I thought it would miss her), we had a great time. A little campfire chat, a random proposal by my eldest son to a tree during a rousing game of Truth or Dare. All the way down to our camp neighbors running down the lane yelling "The red coats are coming" (We bring all kinds of education to our trips) - we had a blast! I even had a campfire s'more for the first time in over 14 years (I still don't like them).
A blast, right!?! Yes! A great weekend.
That was the beginning of the end.
We’ve all seen it, felt it or fought it at one time. Many others have succumbed to it. That moment that hits out of the blue. One day you wake up feeling fantastic, ready to take on the world with your awesome homeschool mom skills. The next day, you are fatigued, tired, restless, bored, and just about on the verge of burnout. But you do not have to become a victim!
Welcome! My name is LaVonda. I am the wife of Rodney, the mom of 5 remarkable kids (well, 2 are adults now), an avid homeschooler, blogger, and sociologist. I am blessed with the ability to spend my time sharing our homeschool and life experiences with you. It is my hope to provide you with motivation, ideas, and some candid stress-relief through my blog - Mom's Scribe! Grab a cup of coffee, sit on down, and make yourself at home!