Tuesday, September 1, 2015

everything but the long denim skirt

So this happened Monday:


You guys, how? I got so excited that I named our homeschool. hashtagnerdiesthomeschoolmomever. I know! I never ever thought I would be in this place. I mean really, I never.

I'm you sure you didn't either what with my going on and on about how homeschooling isn't  in my nature and I just don't see myself as a "homeschooling mom" at all AT ALL? But then...



Mike's family does this great thing when we are all together where they ask our family prayer intentions and back at the beginning of the summer the main intention for me was "homeschooling". That's all I gave them, but God knows my heart and knew that what I meant was "that Ana will stop being so negative about homeschooling, that Ana will embrace it and even maybe get excited about it, that Ana's heart will change toward the idea of homeschooling". You know how sometimes you say you'll pray for someone and then you forget and don't.... uh, right me neither ;) Anyways, that does not happen with his parents (or mine for that matter), when they say they will pray for you, they are ON it and I am attributing my sudden enthusiasm and excitement over this homeschooling year to their prayers 100%.

Please, pretty pretty please fellow older homeschooling moms I am begging you not to tell me that this is how every mom feels at the beginning of the year until you burn out half way through. PLEASE!! Even if it is, which I'm sure it is. I have firmly resolved not to read any "homeschool burn out" blog posts at all this year because I can't take any negativity, or else I will need to curl up and cry in a corner. I'm just a wee bit of a sensitive soul these days.

We are using Mother of Divine Grace First Grade Syllabus , though I did not enroll us this year. I happened to be using most of the various curriculum that they suggest and felt like I need someone else spelling my lesson plans out for this year since I am fairly un-confident and so new at this. And here's some more:

Kindergarten Phonics , Handwriting and Math (which is all I did with Naomi in Kindergarten and all I'll do with Bernadette, she listens in on our cateshesis and, well, everything else):

First grade Language Arts , Handwriting , and Spelling:

First grade Math and Science :

First grade "Geography" (which is not extensive at all and we will use the globe and map a bunch too) and History (with this fab Activity Book ):

First Grade Catechesis(we will probably also use the Saint Joseph First Communion Catechism , but I bought it and can't find it now and they go to catechesis once a week so.... maybe we won't use it at all)

I am a tad dependent on these books because I have not learned the art-- that I feel like most homeschooling moms have down-- of making learning a part of life. I really really like a structured routine and I really really  like being able to cross lessons off that we've done to be able to say we are DOING it, but I am sure I will look back on myself in a few years and laugh at how anal I was. Go ahead and laugh more experienced homeschool moms, you have definitely earned it.

Seriously, I do not know how I am even going to keep doing it, and how I will get through tomorrow and the next day (ultra screamy, needy toddler while trying to do school be craaaayzaaay!), but I look to you moms of older ones as my hope and you give me confidence that it CAN be done (I'm looking at you Kelly, Christy, Susan! AND KENDRA! AND DWIJA! AND CARI!! -- I knew I was forgetting some big ones).

The school time itself is going great, no push back so far from the girls, they are loving the lessons they're doing, which I am considering a win and hoping that as we go the 3-year-old will adjust and learn to not have my 100% attention every hour of every day like she's had all summer.

So there you have it, I feel all legit because we have books and I took pictures and I promise never to blog about it again (right!)

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17 comments :

  1. This is so encouraging!! You don't know it but in my head u are my blogger bestie (hahaha) and it is awesome to see the graces from prayer alive in u and ur family! Way to go Ana! Praying the toddlers let u breathe a little and learn to entertain each other 😉😉 I have 3 under 4 and another on the way, so seeing u do it gives me hope that I can too!

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  2. right on Ana! we started MODG kindergarten in July and have 2 mostly normal-scheduled months under our belt, and will take a break when the 4th baby arrives here (anytime, baby!!). I'll have to ask you some questions about 1st grade... and btw, does it feel like you deviate from the syllabus and sub out subject books like crazy?? it seems so strange to me, but I'm using what our MODG curriculum mentor suggests. also, have you used little angel readers?

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  3. Ohhhh love it. And toddlers are truly the greatest enemy of homeschooling. ;-)

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  4. Ohhhh love it. And toddlers are truly the greatest enemy of homeschooling. ;-)

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  5. Oh my goodness, this is so awesome!! I have a new first grader and a new kindergartener too, and we are doing a lot of the same things, and I'm feeling the same way about a lot of things, and I am also super excited that WE NAMED OUR HOMESCHOOL! Holy Family Academy :) We have been on a roll for two whole days, and I'm feeling quite "Super homeschooler" at the moment. Excited for you! Good luck!

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    1. Love the name of your school! If we ever get to that point, I think it would be quite appropriate for us too because we were married on the Feast of the Holy Family and I just really connect with that particular celebration (did I say all that right??). :)

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  6. This makes me so happy to hear!

    And where did you get that map? It's so much prettier than the ones I've seen and I'm on a mission to get a good map for cheap.

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    1. Ditto on the map question, although admitted I'm looking for one for home decor purposes. ;-)

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    2. Yes! The map! I meant to link to it because I was soooo super excited about it, I just stumbled on it on good old Amazon for like 6 dollars and got mucho lucky. Go get one!

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZXVPYUM?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s01

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    3. Ok that link looks weird, let me know if it doesn't work...

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  7. I feel the same way about a lifestyle of learning be checking off lessons. Maybe someday?

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  8. Your school stuff looks great. And you are SUPER smart to not think about all the "tomorrows"... That can easily get VERY overwhelming! Just figure out what you're doing today, and do it. You got this!!!

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  9. It looks great! Best of luck and I love the name!!!

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  10. Good for you, Ana! I homeschooled until high school, but I only have one. It was a great time for us, and I had always planned for her to go to high school. I think everyone has to make decisions for themselves, and for each child. I know some families who have some in school and some at home. I think that would be difficult but I can see why. I think homeschooling is an absolutely wonderful way to get your children educated with your values. It's hard, but I think it probably is hard to have your children going to school too. There are so many great benefits to homeschooling though. Have fun, don't sweat the rough days. Make learning to love to read a goal for them and your work is almost finished.

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  11. You're very inspiring, Ana! Gorgeous classroom & great curriculum. I love your enthusiasm! God bless you in your new school year.

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  12. Out of curiosity, why did you feel you should work so hard to reconcile yourself to it instead of just not doing it?

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