Large Family Homeschooling Organization- Part 2 Meal Planning


This is the most helpful thing I could to help with my Large Family. I just wrote up a menu plan from August 21- November 30th. I keep all my recipes on my pinterest board FOOD FUN or Gluten/Soy/Dairy/Egg free….is that even possible? I do print some of my recipes to keep in our family binder but typically just bring up my pinterest boards and fix the recipe from that. I even planned nights we needed to eat because of soccer games.

First thing on my mind when I wake up is what will I feed these kiddos for supper….this takes the load off immediately.

Steps For A Great Back to Homeschool

Even in the homeschool world things can play out crazily for the first day of school. The weeks leading up to it.. Homeschool moms are typically looking for the best deals on school supplies. Wardrobes aren’t the same priority when you can do school in your jammies but my kids still get some new threads and the back to coop outfit.

But on the first day of school at home things really kick into high gear. The first day of school can be overwhelming for me who will be teaching 12th, 9th, 7th, 3rd, K5 and a K4 and adding a very active and cute 3 year old thru adoption hopefully by the end of the year or other moms teaching many ages or just one age.

So, for all of those homeschool moms who will have a very busy first day of school this year, I want to give you some ideas to have a successful first day of homeschool!

1. Make a Schedule….just do it. This is the part i struggle with the most but my most favorite part. A schedule is nothing more than a written plan for your day. There are many different types of schedules with different levels of detailing. When the going gets tough, you can always leave the schedule but if there is no written plan things are likely to be left undone. So, have a written plan! Any schedule is better than no schedule.

2. Start before the first day or take it one step at a time. Aside from a written plan, Get a plan for the ‘littles’, if I can keep the littles occupied and quiet… My older kids do fabulous.

3. The first day of school, my kids are always curious about new books, notebooks, computer programs, note cards, supplies, and on and on. So, we do little “school” on the first day of school…although they do learn a great deal. Since we have the entire school
Year, I let them have a chance to thumb through things and become familiar with each book or program during the time when they will be doing that subject. They can also ask all of those hundreds of questions, i know they will have. I look for an extra special project, art, experiment, or kitchen fun in the first few days of school.

4. Start your school day with a high protein breakfast. And plan out your meals. I can not stress this enough. In fact I will have another blog post on just that.. Menu planning. But put supper in your crock pot.. So your day can be carefree!!

5. Best for Last! Remember to stop and laugh.. Smile. Don’t be stressed. Look for opportunities throughout your day with your kids to just stop and enjoy the moment. Sometimes I get so focused on completing a project or schedule.. I miss the fun loving parts of my day. Learning is fun!!

Enjoy your back to ‘homeschool day!

Oreo Moon Phases~Homeschool Astronomy

I am teaching Paul’s 1st grade Astronomy class this year at co-op. We are having so much fun!! I love this age! They think I am so smart. We have fun doing all sorts of experiments each week.
This past week we made created the 8 moon phases out of Oreo cookies..just a note…double stuff works better. The kids loved and really understood the phases.

Of course Mia had to join in for a snack.

Paul had so much fun saving all the creme off his phases..he made a massive oreo to eat!! Glad I Have the 1st period!!!!
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Homeschool Co-op 2011-2012

I am teaching K-1 Astronomy class at co-op this year. I was expecting to have a rough start and few criers but no everyone was fine. We made alien hats made out of foil, half a milk jug and pipe cleaners for attennas. So cute! the kids loved them!! Chloe…10 grade.

Camye….5th grade.

Blake…7th grade.

Mia Grace…preschool.

Paul….1st grade.

I cant believe I have a 10 grader this year….time flies when you are having a good time. This is our 11th year of homeschooling. It has been the BEST decision of my life!!!

Homeschool Sock Hop

The high school girls decided they want to have a Sock Hop, since I taught their bible class, I agreed to plan this. It was so much fun! We had a band and a DJ. We had so much fun planning! My friend Allison and I just spend probably 3-4 hours shopping and decorating and everything turned out fabulous! Check her blog..she has a new camera and is a MUCH better photographer than me so she will have awesome pictures!!! Our drink station.:)

Another view…notice my motorcycle all time favorite 50’s song Leader of the Pack inspired me to get this balloon!

The entire group:)

I prefer the silly shots..:)

Chloe and her best friend Katie…her Mom(my avid blog stalker) was a HUGE help to me this entire year with the girls class and the Sock Hop.

Jared and Katie:)

Chloe being carried out on part of the band’s stage!!! :):)

Thanks to all my great friends for such great help!! I couldnt have done this without you!:)

Homeschool International Fair 2011 ~ Mexico

Hola!! This year my kids participated in the International Fair and we did the country Mexico. Since Chloe, Kenny and I went last year we couldn’t brought back lots of goodies to represent the country.
Chloe stayed with our display this year, which was nice so Kenny and I could browse and Camye, Blake and Paul were busy running around filling out their passports around the other countries.


I am officially the worst blogger ever. I do have a good excuse though…I HATE DIAL UP!! I have become so spoiled with my Iphone that I dont really even ever sit down at the computer. It just takes so long…bleh bleh..I take my laptop to church and use their wireless to download pics. I havent even done that since school has started.

So I will do a few updates today…

First I will tell you about me..I have been running and running crazy with kids. Doctor appointments (more later), Soccer, Co-op, Church, and just life itself. I am so blessed to be living the life I want to live. I have been teaching the 3rd-4th graders on Sunday morning which as been such a blessing;those kids just love learning about God. On Wednesday nights, I am in the most wonderful Ladies Bible study and we are studying Esther. On Tuesday mornings, another ladies class is studying women of the bible. Can I say I am so blessed? To have this many bible studies and it is just so uplifting.

I am also teaching Revolutionary War to 6th-8th graders. That age is my favorite age to teach. They are so willing to learn.

I also teach the Teen Girls at our co-op. I have 10 girls that are absolutely amazing girls. We are studying the book A Young Girl after God’s Own Heart. But I am teaching this for a full year so I am adding in all sort of books….
Raising Maidens of Virtue
Boy Meets Girl
I Kissed Dating Goodbye
Secret Diary Unlocked
Lies Young Women Believe
and the list truly goes on…

This class has really been such a blessing to me and to help me grow so much.