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!

~Menu Planning Monday~ I thought I should write a ‘fluffy’ blog. My blogs have been a little deep earlier. My friend Tonya, who is an avid blog reader, has requested my Menu Plan blogs. So I know I will get one reader.:)

Monday-Hamburgers and homemade fries


Wednesday-Grilled chicken salad

Thursday-Taco Salad

Friday-Homemade pizza

Saturday- Veggie Soup

Menu Planning Monday it is for the week…an easy week. My mom, kids and I are headed to Amish country tomorrow morning and wont be back until Tuesday night. We are going with a very large group of homeschoolers. We are so excited!:) Detailed blogs..coming soon.
I wont have internet or cell service…I am awaiting some important adoption news…hoping hubby checks for me!!

Monday- Amish Country
Tuesday- Amish Country
Wednesday- Grilled Chicken Salad
Thursday-Chili (Hubby is practicing for a chili cookoff, he has a title to defend)
Friday- Homemade Pizza
Saturday- Chicken Gnocchi Soup (not again..didnt get to it last week) Kids are begging for it.:)

Menu Planning Monday

Okay..I have to get back on track with doing my menus. It helps so much during the week if I do this.

Monday- Potatoe Soup
Tuesday-Hamburgers and Homemade Fries
Wednesday-Grilled Chicken Salads
Friday- Homemade Pizza
Saturday- Chicken Gnocci Soup

Probably makes some chocolate chip bar cookies for a snack.:)

Hope to have some GOOD adoption news or updates this week!:) Please keep praying for us!!
Have a great week!!!

Menu Planning Monday..well Thursday

I am so such a slacker on my blog…I just am out of time!! But I do need to keep up on menus!!
So I will just do now to Monday and try to come up with the time to plan a menu by Monday for next week.

Thursday- Homemade Pizza
Friday- Hamburgers and Homemade Fries
Saturday- Potatoe Soup
Sunday-Crockpot Chicken and Rice

I will be back on Monday…I think.:)

Menu Planning Monday

So I have decided to my menu planning a little differently than week to week. I am now doing monthly because I just dont have time!!!
So here is the rest of the month:
Monday- Crock Pot Brocolli Rice Cheese Casserolle
Tuesday- Crock pot Roast, Potatoes and Carrots
Wednesday- Stuffed Peppers
Thursday- Leftovers
Saturday- Going to Amish Country
Sunday- Chicken Noodle Soup
Monday- Soccer Games away..probably eat out:(
Tuesday- Crockpot Nachos
Wednesday-Poppyseed Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Green beans

Menu Planning Monday

Its been awhile since I have done one of these!! But I have to get some organization back into my life. We have mostly grilling..yes about every night!! Grilled chicken or hamburgers.

But enough..I need to have a plan. My summer is slowly slipping away…next summer I am making plans to stay home. :):)

Today I even did some freezer cooking, I only made 4 meatloafs and 4 batches of TexMex chicken starter. Blog about that one later:)

This weeks menu is:

Monday- Tex Mex Chicken Salad

Tuesday- Meatloaf, Broccolli Salad and Squash casserole

Wednesday- Taco Salad

Thursday- Having a tupperware party..

Friday- Homemade Pizza

Saturday- Hamburgers and grilled squash and zucchini

Check out , they host Menu Planning MOnday every week.:)

Menu Planning Monday

Good morning!! Well I can’t find the Menu Planning Image because my dear hubby must have cleaned off the desktop!!!!

Monday- Grilling out!!! First time!! Grilled Chicken, Baked Potatoes and Aspargus
Tuesday-Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Green beans!!
Wednesday-Grilling Out!!!! Steak and Grilled Squash and Zucchinni
Friday- AMISH country
Saturday-AMISH country