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!

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!!!

What a Difference 3 Months Can Make…

Okay isnt my baby girl soooo adorable!!!!!!! Yes I know..go on. This was picture of her on her first day of co-op preschool. Okay..yes she soo beautiful!!!!! 3 months ago when she came home I broke out the colored bears and colored cups. I started working with her to match the colors. She wouldnt do it. I wasnt sure if she just couldnt or was it the language barrier or what the problem was? But she wouldnt do it. We broke out the bears last week and guess who put the right colored bear into the right colored cup. You guessed it…Mia Grace!!

I just cant believe how incredibly smart this little girl is. I amazed everyday!!!

~Tot School~

The big kids are gone this week and I am left with my 2 little sweeties at home! We are missing them terribly. But decided to get busy getting our homeschool ready. One new fabulous issue we are dealing with this year is a little preschooler, so we must have things ready to keep her busy and I don’t allow the TV on during school ours, so that is an out. I have made some fabulous new friends through this adoption process that have fantastic ideas. Something I have learned from them is Tot School. Basically, not just providing them with learning toys but being INTENTIONAL with them doing it. How many learning toys do we have at the bottom of our toy boxes that never get played with? Well we are intentionally playing with these toys. I have come up with about 15 different activities that we will alternate throughout the weeks and intentionally put them on a ‘Tot Tray’ during school hours for her to do.:)

Here is one of the activities that she had to get started on immediatly. And of course my little social butterfly is always ready for a picture!!! She is matching little foam shapes to the coordinating colored page. Here is my little ‘tot’….sorting her little colored bears into colored cups. Her hair is pulled up….not cut!;) Couldnt cut those curls!:)

Tot Trays Blog to follow…onto to older homeschool planning.:)