Homeschool.com Magazine September 2013 - Page 19

I do everything I can to accomplish what we have planned for the day. But I don’t get bogged down in guilt if we don’t finish. when she doesn’t accomplish everything in a day. Does she tack them onto the next day? Write them off? Basically her advice is that as long as it’s not a topic that you need to build on, some activities you just have to let go of. I found this very freeing. I do everything I can to accomplish what we have planned for the day. But I don’t get bogged down in guilt if we don’t finish. Get a Jump Start or Get Ahead! If you can… I knew a few weeks before our intended start date for school that a lot of changes were coming. So we started school early and began slowly introducing a couple of subjects and getting used to our new school schedule. I plan to utilize a few Saturdays here and there to get ahead as well. I would rather finish school ahead of schedule than drag it into Summer. Also, my daughter is excited about Math this year. She even asks to do another lesson some days! So sometimes we do an additional lesson if there is interest. g Plan Alternative Activities If I have a day where I will be doing a minimal schedule, rather than letting things spiral out of control without any sort of plan I have put together a list of some activities that don’t require much supervision that will keep the kids busy. I have nothing against free play. But I think everyone ends up in a better mood if we have some projects to work on and it helps us maintain our routine a little better. And it helps us minimize how much television they watch. I have some inexpensive craft kits from the local craft store, some puzzle pages and activity b ??????????\K?? X\?HX??\????