Last summer, when I was stressed to the gills with packing up my house, buying another one across the country, and everything in between, I was trying to do this Project Walking Into a Hug thing.
It went really well for a couple weeks, and then it said that I had to have a schedule.
And, basically, I freaked out and never opened the book again. And I especially did not start any sort of schedule.
Because I just don't do schedules. Especially when I'm getting ready to uproot my family and move 2,000 miles away.
But, I knew that this summer needed to be different. The first two weeks were filled with Joel or me being out of town, so the kids just kind of did whatever. And I hated it. So I decided that the dreaded schedule was necessary.
We're on week 2 now. And so far, so good. The kids are happier. I'm happier. The house is cleaner. And things are getting done while still leaving us plenty of time for fun, too.
So, here's the lowdown:
Workbooks (math, writing, music theory)
Practicing/Chores (the kid who is not practicing works on chores and vice versa)
Family Reading Time (This is new this week. I found that having them read on their own time wasn't necessarily working. So now we all read together. In the same room.)
Free Time (Most of the lessons I teach are scheduled within this block of time)
Special Activity (Library, letterboxing, beach, etc. It depends on the weather much of the time. And it has to be free.)
Other than a few meltdowns about math, things are going pretty well. Hopefully, I won't get mad about it by next week and can stick this out for the summer.
In other news, my own schedule is a bit full. I've tried to keep the mornings free so I can work with the kids, but I am teaching 9 lessons each week, having opera rehearsals 3x a week (we open on July 13), still trying to memorize the words to a couple of the choruses, and doing the family activities every afternoon. So blogging isn't even close to a priority right now. I had high hopes for my blog this summer, but it's not going to happen. And getting around to all of your wonderful blogs isn't happening much either. Just a byproduct of summer, I guess.