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