Since bringing Calvin home 3.5 weeks ago, we've been doing adapted homeschool. Monk (11) and Twinkle Toes (9) have been so great about keeping up with their independent work and even reading all the extra readers I bought them. Measle (7) and I have been trudging along and her dad has been spending time with her each day on flashcards. We've pretty much put our Language Arts time together on hold which means the kids haven't done any writing lately. I plan to phase this hour back into our day as soon as I start getting decent sleep again- hopefully in the next couple of weeks. Another stumbling block for us has been our read-aloud time. I'm not so great at multi-tasking so we let our read-aloud time slide for the first two weeks Calvin was home. Fortunately, we had gotten ahead before having the baby, so it worked out ok. On a whim, I had purchased the audiobook of Carry on Mr. Bowditch a couple of months ago and we have LOVED listening together each day while I nurse baby. Twinkle Toes and I went to Amazon and found 7 more of our read-aloud books available on CD and ordered them. I know it's kind of a pricey solution, but I'm so excited about our being able to continue with our read-aloud time, not get behind in our Sonlight IG, AND all while I nurse baby boy.
Meanwhile, Prince (4) is making great strides with his reading. We're at lesson 37 in Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and he's taken off with the Bob books now. We continue to enjoy our Five in a Row together as I make time- often on the weekends.
I'm sorry to report that I have NOT been getting the kids up at 6:30 and spending time with them in Bible study. For this season, I'm just making sure that Monk, Twinkle Toes, and Measle work a little each day on their Community Bible Study homework. I do the same lesson each week so I'm trying to initiate discussions in the car while we drive along. I know it's not a long-term solution, but hopefully we can get back on track with our devotional schedule in the near future, too.
So that's our adapted homeschool for now. It's not ideal, but it will work for now. And what better reason to be temporarily derailed than a new baby brother!
- I'm an on-the-run mom to 6 kids who studied and taught exercise science in a previous life. I love all things running, nutrition, and health-related. I usually run at zero dark thirty in the morning and am often quite hungry before, during, and after my run, but I live a rich, full, blessed life with my children, family, and friends. My faith in God is my anchor, and looking to Him and His promises allows me to live fully even when life circumstances are difficult. While running gives me an appetite, my desire is to hunger and thirst for righteousness more than for physical food.