Our Daily Schedule

Good Morning, Friends. Happy Saturday!

As promised, I’m posting our Monday-Friday learning schedule.

Now, keep in mind, I have my oldest, G, who is in first grade and is learning *virtually*.

Then, there’s my middle, E, who I’m homeschooling through the first half of Pre-K.

And finally, my youngest, L, who turned two in July.

Now, this *is* a schedule, but don’t at all assume it “flows”. 😉

There are CONSTANT interruptions and distractions throughout the day.

The most common occurrence includes G having a technology or class issue and needing assistance. on the computer in the middle of lessons with E, and once I run up to help G, E starts screaming because L has tossed our rug of work in the air, and materials have been dispersed everywhere. 🥴

THIS.IS.REAL.LIFE.

If you are at home right now with all your kiddos, especially with young ones and/or multiples… remember to breathe, and expect chaos. Read that again, remember to BREATHE, and EXPECT.CHAOS.

I truly believe if we do those things, the issues that arise are much easier to handle than if we’re expecting the perfect flow of day. Those unrealistic expectations just cause MAJOR frustration and upset, and that energy is felt throughout the environment.

Our Day!

7:15-8:00am – I wake G, he gets dressed, and comes down for breakfast. The girls usually stroll down shortly after.

8:00-8:50am – G’s in live classes. During this time, E and L are typically finishing up their breakfast. The girls then get dressed and ready for the day, and I begin “Calendar Time” with E (L sometimes joins, but is usually destroying the place). 😉

8:50-9:30am – G completes asynchronous learning (non-live classes, works on his own). During this time, G practices his high-frequency words (sight words) by reading them aloud, completes Imagine Literacy or Math (through his school’s digital resources website), and then comes down to read a story to his sisters and I.

E and I do a “Rug Lesson” at this time. We lay out a Montessori Mat, and this is when I present our lesson of the day; introduce a new letter of the week, phonics, rhyming words, sequencing of events, patterns, numbers, shapes, etc. These lessons include lots of pictures, manipulatives (objects to be handled and moved around), interaction, question & answer, and three-period lessons.

*I will be doing separate posts about specific activities and lessons that take place.*

Following our Rug Lesson, E completes an “activity”, and it usually includes coloring, cutting, pasting, and/or writing, and aligns with our skill of the day and/or theme of the week. It’s some kind of simple and clean craft that allows for practice of necessary skills to prepare for Kinder.

*G typically comes down around this time, and we stop what we’re doing to listen to his read-aloud*.

9:30-10:10am – G plays educational games on his tablet (he really likes Math Race and ABC Mouse), and then heads back up for his next live class. This is when E completes her “worksheets”, which SHE LOVES, and provide excellent practice for listening, following directions, and handwriting, which are all GREAT Kinder skills. I am right there with her, and we talk through them together.

*G typically plays educational games for 20-30 minutes, it just depends on the day.*

10:10-10:30am – G has a live class, and E and I do about 10-15 minutes of ABC Mouse together. ABC Mouse truly is great fun, and helps reinforce any skills we have learned.

10:30-11:05am – “Snack and Recess” (play time, lots of chasing, tag, dancing, music).

11:05-11:25am – G heads back up to complete Imagine Literacy or Math, whichever he didn’t do earlier. During this time, E and I complete her school day – which is usually “trivia cards” (Brain Quest or similar) and a “shared story” – many times on the tablet because she LOVES watching the read-alouds.

While G finishes classes, there is a lot of play dough, kinetic sand, water color painting, coloring, and drawing added in here and there for the girls. I also like to take out a few of their favorite activities (bristle blocks, pattern blocks, little figurines/toys, etc.) and lay them out on the table or around the room so they have something to attract their attention. When out of sight, it’s out of mind, and the opposite is true when it’s out and presented in a way that’s *attractive* to their eye.

12:15pm“Lunch!” During lunch, I read 1-2 books depending on time and how L is handling the situation. 🙂

*E’s school day is done at this time, sometimes earlier.*

12:45pm – I eat, the kids play or complete their chores.

*I will post their chore charts and how we handle that in another post*.

1:00-2:00pm – G completes his assignments. This is a time where I allow the girls to be on their tablets or watch a show so I can be with G.

2:00-3:00pm – G has his final class, and then he completes any other assignments and chores.

Now, you may have noticed L is not mentioned much. I try to include her in as much as possible with E, but honestly, she is two, and her mission is to TEST, which she does wonderfully. 😉 I will be honest… there are many times where I hand L my phone or her tablet so I can complete lessons with E. She loves Cocomelon (kid’s music videos) and practicing letters and numbers on the Dave and Ava app. Do I love that I distract my youngest with a phone and tablet? Not at all. But if she’s over the play dough, the other activities, and the coloring… and she’s taking away from E’s learning, this is just what works best. 😕

Afternoons!!!

Our afternoons are filled with GETTING.ENERGY.OUT!!!

We either scooter around, go to a nearby park where we can be safe and socially distant, or head to the zoo, a museum, or a nature preserve.

L still needs a nap, but usually a short car nap to wherever we’re going will suffice.

If we stay home, we typically bake or complete one of the “artsy”, hands-on, playtime activities above.

Our days are busy!!! None of this is easy and as I said, hardly ever does it *flow* nice and smoothly. But, I do like having an agenda and a plan for the day. Even with disruptions, it’s nice to always know what comes next.

Kids *thrive* off of routine.

They *love* a good structure.

It provides *comfort and safety*.

Do you have kiddos home right now? Does your day to day look similar? Does it look different? What do *you* find SUPER helpful during these crazy days at home with your kiddos? Teachers… how are you dealing!?

I look forward to hearing your thoughts and experiences.

More to come on specific lessons and skills!!!

“I’m a Healthy Person”!

I remember looking in the mirror, end of August, and thinking just how much I didn’t *identify* with that person looking back at me.

I love exercise and fitness, yet I hadn’t worked out in MONTHS. I’m freakishly into good health and nutrition, yet we were ordering out almost daily and drinking *ALL* the adult beverages. I can be a bit of a hypochondriac, yet I was allowing my gut to expand to the point where it was opening up so much risk to so many potential diseases.

Change can be SO hard, and last March… losing my routine and everything I knew to be true *really* messed with me – mentally! While many I knew (after a couple weeks of “fun” 😏) chose to use the time to get healthier, I let everything I believed in take a back seat.

Now, for those of you who have known me for quite some time have been a part of my health and fitness journey for a while now!

Once I get motivated enough, I have no problem losing weight! As a perfectionist and a rule-follower, I can really get into a good diet. Tell me what to do, give me the rules, and oh yeah… you better believe I’ll follow em!

My problem, however, is in the KEEPING.IT.OFF!!! 🤣.

I am so thrilled to share… thanks to my new favorite book, Atomic Habits, I’ve finally nailed down the issue!!!

The reason I have always been able to lose weight, but have failed at keeping it off, is because I haven’t *identified* with “the healthy, fit person”.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used phrases like, “I’m just not naturally a healthy person!” or… “I just love food too much.”… or… “Ya gotta live”.

When you still believe you’re your old self, even after a big change, you won’t remain that way. That isn’t who you are. You don’t *IDENTIFY* with that new, healthy person.

For the first time ever, I’m realizing I DO identify with that healthy person… I DO love eating right and exercising… I love keeping busy and having the energy to do so!!!

Now, identity is HUGE, and this was a great ah-ha for me. But there’s also “the why”. My purpose for living a healthy life goes WAY beyond looking good.

I want my kids to see what “healthy” looks like!

I want to live a long life where I truly *feel good*.

I want to be the last one on the dance floor for “longest married” at our grandkids’ wedding!

It’s a fact that yo-yo dieting is almost MORE harmful, yes, to your health… than simply living a “less than perfect” lifestyle.

You guys, hear it now.

I 👏 am👏 over👏 it!

Our health doesn’t ever end. It’s a journey.

Keto may be over…but my yearning for a long-term, healthy life continues.

Thank you… SO much… for being such a support system for me. I love you.

I’m grateful for you. And I pray that if you’re in a funky place, you feel inspired… you feel motivated… and you KNOW… you too can out funk the funk. ❤️

Welcome! Hop On & Join Me!

Hello, and welcome!!!

I cannot express just how thrilled I am to officially have “kicked-off” this blog.

My original plan was to focus primarily on school-related business; lessons, videos, skills learned, & how to balance multiple age groups at once.

Because I am an experienced teacher with two degrees in education, this is a *comfortable* topic for me… and an area in which I feel CONFIDENT.

The truth however, is that there is SO much more to this busy mind than teaching… so much more that I’m *passionate* about, and I just cannot feel satisfied with the idea of limiting this blog to “education”.

Yes, I will *MOST DEFINITELY* be sharing posts related to teaching and learning, but you can also expect posts related to parenting; my beliefs, experiences, triumphs, and struggles, health; body, mind, and soul, & relationships; family, friends, acquaintances, significant others, and their importance.

Many of the educational posts will be more “how to” and “informational”, but you can also expect many of these posts to be more journalistic, and to include my insights, realizations, ah-has, and questions.

Writing is my therapy. I sincerely love it.

I also love teaching, inspiring, and sharing!

And lastly, people! I *thrive* off of human connection. It’s what fuels me.

If I can write, teach, learn, inspire, and connect… my blog goals will be accomplished!

In order to do this, I need a favor…

I know you belong to SO many groups and receive a plethora of notifications per day, but if this sounds like something you’d enjoy, if you’re wanting more ideas of what to do with your kiddos while they’re home, if you’re into inspiration and motivation, if you desire connecting with a fellow *chaos-coordinator* who is on this parenting journey with you!!!, if you are into health… or even more importantly, WANT to be an overall healthy person, if you are READING THIS ANYWAYS… ;)… *please* subscribe, and share this blog with anyone else you know who may also enjoy what it provides.

In addition, a MAJOR bonus would be if you would also respond to the questions I present in my entries, either publicly or through a private message.

I’d love to build our own little “virtual tribe” here… where we encourage one another and lift others up, and it’s *real difficult* to do that without “followers” 🙄 (I really don’t love that word).

I *truly* believe with all my heart we are better together. Everyone has their own experiences and wisdom to share, and I would LOVE to hear it!!!

Thank you for being here, thank you for reading this, and thank you for helping me FINALLY take the first step to accomplishing my HUGE DREAM of writing, and publishing, my own book.

Life is a journey, Friends…

I’m so grateful to have you along for the ride! ❤️

No Time Like The Present

For the past year, I’ve intended on bringing this blog back to life. What’s been holding me back however, is the fact that I’m *waiting* to be an “expert” in something. I fear coming off “bossy” or as a “know-it-all” because honestly, that’s not me, and I’m not even close to “knowing it all”.

What I can tell you though, is that I’m a certified educator with two degrees in education, I’m a truly passionate mama who *loves* all things kids, learning, and family, and I have an extreme draw and interest towards all things health; mind, body, & soul.

So, no… I’m not “an expert”. I do not have an exact idea in mind about how these posts will go. I don’t have themes or a plan… BUT… I’ve got a lot going on over here, I LIVE to write, I love sharing and gathering ideas, and I’m a HUGE people person.

If any of these posts can inspire you, educate me, and bring about some form of community, *especially* during such odd and uncertain times, then *that’s* a win!

Stay tuned! ❤️