The week I had my surgery Allan took everything out of the girls’ rooms and brought it all into our bedroom. He was going to go through it all with me and figure out what to keep and what to give away. The girls’ rooms were so messy all the time it was just too much.
The problem with Allan taking on that huge project was I was not able to do the organizational work because I was recovering from surgery! So, all that crap sat in our room for two weeks! Two miserable weeks of a horribly messy bedroom.
A few days ago I was feeling pretty good (I’ve felt pretty much fully recovered for a week now) so I tackled the project!
I started early in the morning when only Ember was up. She sat in there with me playing with dominoes.
When Allan got home I didn’t say anything but was really excited for his reaction to walking in a completely clean bedroom after the mess we’d lived in for all that time.
He didn’t disappoint. He walked in and was like, “What the ?!?” and I don’t know how else to describe it, it was mostly nonverbal, just a very happy face. haha
I snapped this next picture because she was kicking her feet so happily. I only put her in this bouncy chair when I go potty because she likes to be in the same room as me at all times. I can see her from the toilet room and every time I peek out I say, “peek-a-boo” and she laughs a lot and kicks her feet so hard. It’s really funny. Who knew going pee could be such an entertaining part of the day?
I haven’t talked about it on my blog because I was doing so much internal thinking about it, but I have been struggling a LOT with balance in my life lately. Four kids, homeschooling, and a myriad of other things thrown in and it’s all been WAY too much for me to handle. WAY WAY WAY too much.
Daily I felt overwhelmed and overworked. I would work my butt off and still not come even close to doing enough. I felt helpless and confused at how to catch up.
I was so busy I felt like I couldn’t breathe.
I talked with Allan and prayed a lot about what to do with homeschooling. Second grade takes a lot more time and effort than first grade. And Brooklyn was ready for a full school day. She needs it. She gets too bored if she has more than an hour or two of freetime. Which is totally understandable but I often don’t have a solid hour or two of time to devote to sitting there teaching her. I have ten minutes here, twenty minutes there, occasionally I do have one full hour but an hour isn’t enough.
The rest of the time there is a toddler crying by my side or a baby nursing (hard to teach while breastfeeding an older, active baby) or a baby in my lap grabbing at all the school supplies! It was ROUGH.
So, I told Allan we needed to look into public or private schools in our area because I just couldn’t do it. I wanted to homeschool, I just honest to goodness did not have the time. I just didn’t. At all. Not even close to enough time.
Brooklyn isn’t an easy going child when it comes to school work. And I don’t mean that as an insult to her or a negative remark… she needs quiet and calm to concentrate and there’s nothing wrong with that. It was this loud and crazy environment that was limiting our school time, not just my to do list. I can easily put off certain household work to get school done but I can’t put off tending to little kids! haha
All of this long boring stuff to say…….
We got a video curriculum. It has teachers recorded teaching all of the lessons for an entire year.
It’s a really awesome program. The teachers are sweet and Brooklyn loves them. They have puppets and special guests and they use a lot of fun props and stuff.
What I love so far most about this whole thing is I start the day teaching her out of the teacher’s manuals and when things start to get crazy and I’m desperately needed elsewhere (like at the changing table, haha) I can sit her down at the computer with the video on and she goes right on with her school day! There is no sitting and doing busy work or randomly coloring while waiting for mommy to come back and pick up where we left off. She can go on and do a few subjects with the video lessons until I come back!
I spend 80% of the school day with her still. A lot of time I’m sitting right next to her while she watches and I’m nursing the wiggly baby (and not worrying about my train of thought being affected!) or am cuddling with Sierra and Payson while we all watch together, or am doing puzzles on the floor next to Brooklyn with the two middle kids.
It’s just the best thing that’s ever happened to me. haha!
The curriculum is very expensive. $1,000 for one child every year. There is no reusing it; you have to return the hard drive (the videos are all on one hard drive). I don’t know about you but I don’t have $1,000 lying around so it is a sacrifice. I’ve been spending very little for months and months now (haven’t blogged about that either!) so I feel totally ok spending money on it. We can afford it, it just means sacrificing something else… like bedroom furniture. haha
But I felt so bad for poor Sierra. She was soooo jealous. And not in a bad way, she just felt so left out 🙁
I’ve been researching curriculum for her and can’t decide what to use for her. I want something all put together for me (I do NOT have time this year for ANY planning) but she is way, way too advanced for kindergarten for most subjects but there are some subjects she isn’t ready for first grade in. History, for one.
I will be ordering her curriculum later today, though. I feel pressured to make a decision but I have to. She has finished every single kindergarten thing I’ve bought her and really needs to start first grade like, yesterday. haha!
And not because I care that much about her advancing a lot, but because she cares. She has been chomping at the bit for more and more school for a year now! It is time to take Sierra’s educational wants more seriously! 🙂
Back to Brooklyn and her new curriculum. It is BJU distance learning. I bought the second grade package from christianbook.com. Which had FREE shipping and fast service. I would highly recommend them! I’d never heard of them but when I was checking out at BJU’s website and saw the $120!!! price tag for shipping I about passed out! I cancelled the order and went googling for free shipping and stumbled upon christianbook!
Sierra watches with Brooklyn. At first Sierra was calling out the answers before Brooklyn could and it was really upsetting Brooklyn. I took Sierra into the other room and told her that she wasn’t allowed to answer Brooklyn’s questions any more. She’ll have her own questions next week.
The other reason:
I think he was crying because I took away the crayon he was using to color on Brooklyn’s workbook page.
Oh and he is wearing cut off pajamas with a safety pin because he’s been putting his hands down his pants constantly and I really don’t enjoy washing diarrhea hands.
They’re cut off because it’s a thousand degrees here.
Anyone know a place I can get very lightweight overalls??