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The routine

I haven’t blogged since last Thursday,  so I will catch up today. Friday,  the kids were ahead on their assignments,  they were able to take the day off, although Lauren came home after a morning of volunteer work and decided to do about an hour of school.  Payton worked with his father all day.  He’s a tile installer in the making 😊.  I’ve always thought about the way things were growing up in the 80’s and 90’s. If you grew up around that time computers were not in every home. Cellular phones were in cars and we weren’t so “connected”.  I thought about that Friday while my youngest continually mentioned how boring his day would be without his siblings and nothing to do. I remember as a child saying those words and then immediately,  I was given a chore to do.  That made boredom go away quickly. However,  we are living in such a fast paced world today I realized with Vaughn he needed attention,  one on one time.  I know I don’t give the kids enough one on one time.  So that is on my ” to do list”. At that point,  we decided to find some type of science project or art project to work on together.  We took a trip to Hobby Lobby to find a new sketch book.  However,  another project caught Vaughn’s attention,  a Venus Flytrap kit.  The kids asked a couple of years ago for Venus Flytrap’s and I told them “no”.  This time it was different,  he is older,  and with homeschool,  these are the things we do. We find our own projects together.  As soon as we arrived home he unpacked the kit  and put it together.  They take 1-3 months to grow.  He is showing great patience at this point 5 days into the project. Fast forward to Monday,  the kids started assessments this week so they have a heavier load.  I can see less and less frustration,  and they are really settling into a routine. We shall see how the rest of the week pans out.  I failed to mention,  all weekend I worked on painting and how- to- videos. You will see my latest piece in the pictures



The light at the end of the tunnel

I can see it! We are getting the hang of this thing. Today everything was smooth. My two Middle schoolers had 5-6 hours of work. My elementary guy finished his work early so we found Art, Reading and some Home Ec ( this helped me). The grades are looking good! Although, they are mostly Quiz type grades, I see the kids trying really hard. You see, to be accepted after 30 days into a foreign language class or even an Art club or Filming Club, they have to be on time with assignments and have  a C or above. That is the focus for all 3 kids. They all want to take Spanish desperatly. My oldest last year had a semester of Spanish and absolutely loved it! I want them to learn so I can stand over their shoulder and benefit too!  Today I had time to paint, I added one of my finished pieces in the pictures. I worked 2-5  online and it was a blast! It is so fun helping other artist on FFFP (link in profile) to figure how to sell their pieces and actually get paid what they are worth. We had some great successes today.  When you love what you do, it makes work not feel like work. Tomorrow, the kids have a short day because if all their hard work  this week. They have plans to enjoy most of the day, while I have plans to catch up on what I need to finish. As you can tell from these pictures the dogs are worn out. 

First Day of Homeschool

  I thought it would be chaos. 3 children, Homeschooling for the first time. We selected Ohio Connections Academy because the structure is very close to a brick and mortar school. The kids do ” Live Lessons” at least one per subject per week, sometimes more, especially Math. They have a schedule of work daily and most are online. I have access as a “Learning Coach”. I’m able to approve the work they complete  without modifying it (I found out today that it automatically goes to the teacher, this is just for me, if I need to be a whistle blower and say they didn’t complete the work they claim they did). We woke up early in expectation of a flurry of activity. 7:30 a.m. came quickly. We found out right away that the Teachers were still loading assignments and calendar activity. There were a few technical challenges, a disabled mouse being a major challenge for Vaughn (9 years old). We quickly realized the school and tech support open at 9 a.m.  The kids were anxious to get started so we muddled through the activites online they could complete. There was a bit of frustration, I’m juggling a new online part-time job related to Staging furniture properly, to sell up cycled pieces. Giving suggestions on the best possible picture to show off the artist work. I love love love it. However, with it being a worldwide page, people across the pond were patiently waiting for help. I have to say despite it all, it was a great day. We ended school with a trip to our favorite Centerville library. The kids stayed fairly calm, a few frustrating moments. I realized that so far, homeschool is very relaxed, because, you are in a non-stressful environment and the distractions are minimized. It’s amazing, the time it saves. This evening the kids checked their schedules in preparation for tomorrow. So no surprises first thing in the morning. I have hopes to clean and paint tomorrow. Oh how I miss a paint brush in my hand. Its been over a week! The picture above is the craft room. I haven’t painted all the desks yet, so Vaughn and Lauren worked here today. It worked perfect. I want to give them 2 spaces to use. That way they are in an optimal learning enviornment.