Sunday, August 30, 2015

Our School Year Schedule

Hi everyone! So sorry for the long break between posts. I had so many back to school posts to share but well, life happened so I am way behind with my posting. I do have plans though to get back into the swing of things this week with school fast approaching so stay tuned!

Today I would like to share with you our daily schedule for the coming school year. This is basically our every day schedule with a few modifications to fit in my son's schooling. Though I do have things set for a certain time we are very flexible with our days. This is basically just an over view of what we try to do every day and around when we fit it all in. By scheduling for example times for snacks, it doesn't matter if that happens a half hour earlier or an hour later I know that my son is getting his snacks in every day, he makes times for his devotions, making time for his chores and so forth. This also insures that I am making time in the morning to get what I need to get done, done before my son is awake and before we start school.

Around 7 am-
Mom is awake (well sort of ha ha I am SO NOT a morning person but I am working on it)
Feed the cat (unless it is my sons week to do so)
Water the plants outside and inside
Start my AM chores (more on this later)
Get dressed (working at actually getting dressed and not be in my pjs all day, when I do, I feel much more productive)
Devotions, Blog Writing, Journaling  and coffee (on the deck if the weather permits)

Around 8:30 am-
Son is awake
Mom cleans up breakfast, Son works on weekly zone cleaning (more on this later)
Son dressed

9:00 am-
TV time

10:00 am-
Son's Devotions while Mom gets everything for school in order
Verse memorization

Around 10:30 am-

Outside play
Lunch clean up

Around 2:00 pm-
Playtime inside

Around 4:00 pm-
Computer Time

5:00 pm-
Dinner Time
Clean up after dinner
Family Devotions
Logan and Daddy play time
Walk or Playground (weather permitting)

7:00 pm-
Time to start getting ready for bed:
quick clean up of main areas
prayer journaling

8:30 pm- 
Bed Time for Son

So this is our daily schedule. It is not set in stone. There will be days we may be sick, have appointments or maybe just want to go to work with Daddy but this is our goal for each day. We try to stick to this as much as possible. I will be testing this newest schedule out once we start the new year and will update if any changes are made and how this schedule is working out for us.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog, talk soon!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

My 5 Must Have School Supplies

                                           Hello, and Welcome to Home Sweet Home School.
I have only been homeschooling for a short time now, (we will soon be heading into our second year) so I am still in the learning phase of what works and what doesn't as far as schedules and curriculum. When it comes to school supplies though one year of homeschooling was enough to know for sure what my must haves are. These items on my list below, we have used time and time again throughout the school year. So, if you are new to this world of homeschooling and are just not sure what is worth spending your hard earned cash on, well, I am here to help you out.

1. A Laminator

This comes in very very handy, trust me! I laminate everything from lined paper for writing practice to my sons morning routine (so it can be crossed off using a white board marker and used again and again)
Now don't worry this won't set you back a ton. I actually purchased mine from Walmart for only $19.95. It came with two laminating sheets but you can purchase a box of them for around $8 for 50 I believe. Not bad. Mine works great and is super easy to use.

2. Washable Markers

Little kids, 'nuff said!

Not a huge fan of the washable crayons or colored pencils though.

3. A good pencil sharpener

The cheap-o ones from walmart just don't do the job right. I have gone through an entire pencil before I got it sharp enough to use, super annoying! In this case... quality of item is very important!

4. A Planner

Now, I know what your thinking... planners are expensive! Well, I am here to tell you that that is not true. Yes there are lovely, very expensive planners out there (i.e erin condren) but mine, is from Walmart. Only, $6.00. It is their line MintGreen, made from recycled paper, eco friendly and all that jazz. They have a few lovely prints to choose from ad it includes a yearly calendar, note pages, daily schedule, and lots of extras for each month. I plan to do a video showing the planner in depth so stay tuned!

5. A large 3 ring binder (with a cover sleeve)  and page dividers

Ok, so this is technically two items but they are used together so I will count it as one ha ha
If you are a home school vet then you already know you NEED these items. To make home school legal and such you need to keep a record of EVERYTHING and have it all checked and given the "OK" at the end of the school year.
I like to have my own binder and fill it with field trip info, verse memorization cards, attendance sheet, all that good stuff then at the end of the year take out only what needs to be in my sons and transfer it over.

So, there you have it. These are my must haves for homeschooling. There are many many other items I wanted to share with you but these are what I believe are worth the money, or not worth the money. I hope this has been helpful. I also want to add an honorable mention... CRAFT SUPPLIES!! MUST HAVE!! Get a bunch of craft stuff and when you think you have gotten too much then get more, trust me, you will use it all! ( and then some!)

Until next time...