Theme of the Month – simplifying (and relaxing)

As you know, I will be starting my student teaching in February. While I will be doing this my mom has agreed to stay with the kids during the day, and she will be homeschooling the boys. I have decided that one thing I need to do this month, in order to make her time with the kids easier, is to simplify. I am going to go over all our curriculum (and I hate to admit this, but there is a good deal of it!) and decide what the bear minimum is that I want each child to do each day. Obviously there needs to be math and language arts. I also need to have science and history. I have Latin, and I was going to hold off on it, but I think this will actually be fun for my mom, so I think I will keep that too. The problem is what math, what language arts, what history? I have more than one program per subject that we are working on now, but I think I will have them finish up the year just doing one. I want their days to be short and sweet and easy.

The other thing I need to work on this month is preparing myself (and my kids) for my student teaching. I will be out of the house everyday from seven to five. I will be at a school teaching a student body that is 100% ESL, and I will be doing it for the first time ever. To say I am nervous is an understatement. I am not sure how I will do, and I am worried about it. I am trying just to prepare as best as I can, and I am trying to deal with the stress of it. In addition  I  want to enjoy this time with the kids without constantly worrying about it.

By June it will all be over. I just keep thinking about summer, and I feel if I keep my mind on that, I can get through it.

Spending a day at the studio with my mom

In Grandma's studio

In Grandma's studio

My mom is a painter, and the kids love to paint with her, especially at her studio. Today we spent a few hours with her, and the kids worked on their sketchbooks. The sketchbook project is a great project for the whole family. You sign up on their website and pay for a sketchbook. They send you your sketchbook and a theme. You fill them in and send them back. Then they are grouped by theme and exhibited in different parts of the county. It is a great project to work on for everyone.

the sketchbook

the sketchbook

Tru working in his sketchbook.

Tru working in his sketchbook.

Autry working in her sketchbook.

Autry working in her sketchbook.

Decca forgot his sketchbook, so he painted. I think he preferred painting anyway.

Grandma helping Decca paint.

Grandma helping Decca paint.