Where has my sanity gone? 12 hours today plus the whole week on and off I have been back at the drawing board rescheduling and redo’ing everything for our homeschool. This is my 3rd redo, I seriously tip my newbie hat to all of you veteran moms.
When I began homeschooling, I gathered worksheets and online games or quizzes and a few other online resources to help my son with his journey. We started with Brain Quest being our base curriculum and then supplemented with various resources. I found our first two weeks he was whipping through his work like it was nothing, at first I was like ok we started him low so it is ok.
Then I would start verbally quizzing him on what he learned for the day, he would stand there muttering “umm umm”. It was then I realized he could not recall and that his memory issue was a little worse than I thought. I watched him do his work, he would ask the right questions and he was getting 100% to 90% on his work. My observation was that I was not tapping into his working memory and that his brain disorder along with learning difficulties were getting in his way. It was then when I stuck the big red STOP sign in the desk (not really jk) and said we were pausing and under construction.
Organize: figure out what needs to be fixed and gather it. I saw that his schedule was not allowing enough time on subjects he struggled with and too much time for what wasn’t a struggle. I also realized I was not helping his memory and attention.
Research: books, blogs, vlogs, Facebook groups, Pinterest and evaluations are GOLD
Seriously do not know what I would do without all the above, I would be so lost! If only you could see the 12 books I have in my possession from the library. I have everything from homeschool guides, IEP, special needs, Charlotte Mason to teaching kids with learning disabilities. Asked questions in FB groups for guidance and opinions. On top of all that I have gone to every blog/vlog I can find to evaluate how they schedule, make planners, teach special needs and various methods. Then gather evaluations on learning gates. Trust me these are treasure chests full of info it is a must to help you unscramble the mess going on in your head.
Tackle and Plan: this is where you take all your info you have researched and organize it into a game plan. For me it was method, planning and testing him to know what kind of learner he is. Remember you must have a base to start from, go for method, style, planning then scheduling.
Step 1 I tested my son and found he is primarily kinesthetic (Mover and hands-on) and secondary auditory learner. Second, I found that I really liked the Charlotte Mason method it fit my son’s needs perfectly. But I didn’t stop there, I wanted to have some kind of curriculum as he loves to follow schedules so I decided to do a mix of CM and curriculum based cores ( i.e. Math, Geography, Science, Life Skills).
Step 2 Then I started planning out his school year (days in and days off). After conversation I found I was incorrect on my states law for the amount of time a student must be instructed (double check your states requirements) I found it is not 180 days it is actually 900 hours for his grade level. I already knew that I wanted a full year study instead of what PS does. So I broke it down to 44 weeks, 22.25 hours a week the total came out to 934.5 hours. I was over by 34.5 hours which is fine because that will be extra time in case of a sickness or we decide to do something I don’t know about.
Step 3 I took all his classes fixed them in my new best friend the online planner “Homeschool Planet”. Then I took all the subjects and the times, placed into an excel spreadsheet to make sure I had the times right and subjects dispersed appropriately. Plus it is a go to for my son, he likes to have access to a schedule up front in a room where he can see.
Step 4: Plan out your lessons for the week and get your add ins. I enter lessons into HP and attach any media or online game associated to help with each lesson. That way my son’s lessons daily planner is emailed to him 3am prior to him waking up each day. I also put any work that is not on the computer in his peeche folder for him the night before so it is ready for him. Also I am adding classical music “Mozart Effect”, stress balls (movement helps him focus and retain) to use during reading, studying or memorizing.
Step 5 RELAX RELAX RELAX… Give yourself a treat you made it through the redo phase again. I know I am! I still have a couple tweaks to do but I will do them over the weekend after I drink a couple coffees and watch some “mommy shows” lol
I am not super mom, I am a newbie homeschool mom who just love’s her child enough to try to give him the best opportunity to succeed. 🙂 🙂
All 4 Bugga!!! Xoxoxoxox
ALL 4 Bugga!! Xoxox
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