Back At It

We started school again yesterday, and our new plan has been awesome. Ever since I had Mason (before that too actually), Rhett has been a challenge during school. He wants to be in the middle of everything, but he doesn’t actually want to “do school.” He just doesn’t want Kender to get one-on-one time with Mommy. I tried sitting down and giving him one-on-one time first, but he just wasn’t super into our curriculum (The Good and The Beautiful Pre K). He wanted to do the same things Kender was doing, but they were obviously too advanced for him. I wasn’t sure what to do with him, but while we were on our Christmas break it dawned on me that maybe he needed something a little more challenging.

I prepped the next level up (The Good and The Beautiful Level K Primer) to do with him, unsure of how it would go over. He LOVES it. I think Pre K was just a little too boring for him because he already knows all his letters and a lot of the sounds. He’s totally ready for the Level K Primer, and I’m so glad it’s working out so far! My favorite addition so far has been our morning together time. First thing we work on the Come Follow Me New Testament home study curriculum from our church.

Next we do a history lesson, then a read aloud. The Good and The Beautiful’s History curriculum has assigned read alouds to do with each unit. We are starting with Ancient History, and our read aloud is “The Golden Goblet” by Eloise Jarvis McGraw. It’s a bit advanced for my boys, but I have them build with legos while I read for 20 minutes, and then I summarize it for them when I’m done. Rhett is just interested in the legos, but Kender actually enjoys the story.

Once our read aloud is done, I have Kender work on his handwriting while I do a lesson with Rhett. Once that’s done, it’s time for Kender to have one-on-one time for Language Arts and Math. We take breaks as needed when little people get frustrated or Mason gets hungry or someone has to poop – you know, the usual interruptions 😁

In other news:

I started a bullet journal! I’ve noticed that my memory has really gone downhill lately… I play the Memory card game with Kender and pick up the same dang cards over and over! He smokes me every time! And Ryan and I finally watched The Avenger’s Infinity War and I was so confused… I had totally forgotten the entire last Captain America movie. Anyway, back to the bullet journal – I’ve heard people talk about them, but never really knew what they were. “Bullet Journal” sounds like a super boring diary right? It’s not.

It’s a whole productivity system that’s totally customizable to your needs. It’s a planner, a diary, a sketchbook, a habit tracker, a chore chart, a calendar, a do to list, and more – it’s whatever you need it to be! The creator of the bullet journal keeps his pretty simple, but there are some artsy people out there who make them so beautiful! Just search bullet journal on Pinterest and you’ll see what I mean. This bullet journal from A Lively Hope is the one that inspired me to try it for myself. I’m using it to plan our homeschool, keep track of tasks and appointments, record memories, doodle, plan meals, keep track of chores, keep track of goals, log ideas, and more. It’s only been a few days, but so far I love it. Let’s hope it sticks!

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