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!:)

The Ultimate Amish/Homeschool Experience

We just got back from a fabulous field trip to Amish country. I have been to Amish country a hundred times but this was fabulously organized by a great friend Kathy Haggerty. This was the sunrise on the second morning we were there. My mom came up to go with us and we traveled in my fabulous 12 passenger van with 12 friends and family!! Camye being wrapped in a horse blanked by our great Amish friend Jonas.:) He was soooo entertaining, telling us about his and Edna’s RUMSPRINGA.

Camye, Ashlee and there new Amish friend.:)

The Old Order Amish offered to sing for us while we ate their fabulous, traditonal Amish meal…fried chicken, meatballs, salad, noodles, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, tapioca pudding and pies….

Camye and a great friend Hannah:)

Paul was most excited over the Amish dog…:)

Cant wait for next year…. we will have our new little Kenny will have to come with me!!

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.

10th Year of Homeschooling

Yes can you believe it? I have started our 10th year of homeschooling.

Chloe is in the 9th grade. She is taking Apologia Biology, Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1, Notgrass History, Rosetta Stone SPanish, at co-op she is taking English, What happened to Penny Candy? (Econmics), Biology Lab and a Teen Bible Class. She is playing on a homeschool high school soccer team and hopes to run track on a homeschool team in the Spring.

Blake is in 6th grade. He is taking Teaching Textbook 6th grade, My Fathers World HIstory and Geography, Anatomy, Literature, , Daily Grams, Easy Grammar, Cursive Writing, at co-op he is taking Natural Disasters, Revolutionary Way, Literature and a gym class. He is playing on a middle school homeschool team and hopes to run track on a homeschool team in the spring as well.

Camye is in 4th grade. She is taking Teaching Textbooks 4th grade, My Fathers World HIstory and Geography, Anatomy, Easy Grammar, Daily Grams, Cursive Writing, at co-op she is taking Literature, Natural Disasters, gym and Geology. Camye is taking ballet, freestyle and jazz dance. She loves it. And looks forward tobeing old enough to play on the homeschool Hornets soccer team next year.

Paul is a kindergartner. He used to love school before he had to do it. Now he is really bored with it. He knows his letters, sounds, numbers, adding, subtracting. He knows how to cut, glue, staple, color about everything.!! He just needs to sit down long enough to do some major work. But at this point he is ahead of the game so I am not worried about it. He does about an hour of sit down work every day. He is loving co-op. OTher than when told the other day if he did his homework he would get a sticker next, he told his teacher….ahhh thats okay I dont like stickers very much anyway. He is looking forward to spring. We are going to allow him to play soccer!!! This is going to be fun to watch!!