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It’s working, really working

I am amazed at how hard the decision was to home school and how easy it is to just do it. It seemed like such a monumental task to homeschool 3 children. What if it didn’t work? Well, David and I made the decision that it was going to work. No giving up! So far though there are frustrating moments, 3 weeks in it’s working, really working. I see the routine, the kids get it. They are motivated to get up early and finish their work so they have time for things they really enjoy.  Lauren spends the late afternoon on her favorites, art and reading. Payton spends his time with reading and stop motion filming, and Vaughn enjoys making things with Legos, and other creative activities. All the while, my online work schedule fits in, I am able to answer any questions they have, email a teacher if need be, or just make them a snack. It feels good to sit back and see it’s working. The kids haven’t once said they wanted to go back to regular school.  There have been challenges, but usually it requires calling a teacher, they are readily available. They also will wait for their “live lesson” if they have questions on a particular subject. It may just require walking away from the computer and taking a break. The latter happens often with my 8th grader. When he expresses frustration it is time to take a break, and it works. I have to say that Connections Academy is the right choice for my kids. They need the online lessons and the flexibility. They need a structured schedule and teacher interaction. I’m not sure this would work if we didn’t have those options. Switching to my work, I love what I do. I am 1 of 2 assistant administrators (Rebecca started the group) on a great Facebook page that helps Furniture Flippers (link in bio) get the best picture, staging and pricing for their work. The success stories are always my favorite! The people who post how the group has helped their business. Don’t get me wrong, with 18k members we get a few mean responses but overall it is positive. I had a particular piece of furniture that has been sitting in my booth since June, the picture I posted originally was taken before I really focused on staging. I brought it home this weekend to take better pictures utilizing the skills I have learned. I posted the before and after here.  Also, the Mid-Century Modern dresser is an example of staging as well. Along with moving the Homeschool room, we moved bedrooms around. I will post that later this week.


Before Correct Staging


Mid Century Modern Dresser



After Correct Staging


Day #2 – The meltdowns

Day 2 was very different from day one. To give a little background so this makes more sense, I have a 13 year old son, 11 year old daughter, and a 9 year old son. After yesterday, it seemed that the kids would have less time in front of the computer. That all changed today!  Again, the kids were at their computers at 7:30-8 ish, their computers had updates that needed to be completed, so, that took sometime. As we looked at their schedules for the day I quickly realized that my 9 year old would have my attention for most of the morning. The elementary schedule requires the learning coach to be more engaged than in the Middle school schedule. He isn’t much of a writer and the assignment required a memoir. He immediately laid his head down on the table and became frustrated. I talked to him and explained the assignment, however, he was still upset. Finally, I told him that I think he is going to be awesome at writing about a time in his life and that out of all the family, he would probably be the best at it.. well he perked up and started writing right away. As soon as he was on track, I hear a ” I can’t do this” from the other room, my 13 year old was frustrated. We made a quick call to the Science teacher and that was resolved quickly.  My daughter tends to be the one who handles everything on her own, so next, when she showed signs of frustration I knew she needed help. The typical home school week is supposed to be 29 hours or 5.5 hours a day. I thought we would need time fillers. Well, she worked from 7:30-2 straight. Usually she reads an hour or two in the evening. She is worn out today. Hopefully, the schedule is lighter tomorrow. Everyone was finished by 2, which worked perfectly with my schedule as I handle the FFFP Facebook page from 2-5 today. I have a link in my profile if you wonder what FFFP is all about. I have some pictures I took throughout the day. The kids like to move around instead of being stuck in one place. Lauren decided white board serves us better as an “Art of the day post” board