I feel like it's safe to say that this week has been AWESOME! It is Thursday, homeschool work is complete and we have a Park Day on the schedule for tomorrow.
Last week was a nightmare that became worse with each passing day. It's mostly attitude (Maggie's) and homeschool related, but I made changes (to my attitude) and raised my expectations and started new chore charts and became quite a bit more strict. And we have been much happier. I seem to have become a little too relaxed over the summer and certain little people were taking advantage of me and running me ragged...and I may have threatened Maggie with sending her to private school. Sometimes I show my love for Big Daddy and the kids by taking care of them when they really need to take care of themselves.
I decided that we would evaluate our decision to homeschool at least every year around the time that traditional schools get out for summer break. If there is ever a time that it truly doesn't work for us I will gladly enroll Maggie and Ellie in school. Of course, we're not going to give up with every little bump in the road, but I know that Maggie enjoys the flexibility we have and I want her to always realize that this is a choice and we can go a different route if we want to. When she thought it would be fun to go to daycare everyday, I also explained that I would get a job and that she would most likely spend at least 8 or 9 hours there every single week day. I think it's important that the girls understand that this is a choice. Sometimes I need to be reminded of that too. The part that is most frustrating about our homeschool-related problems is that we would have the same issues if Maggie were in a traditional school and having to do homework on a regular basis.
Our activities are about to be in full swing! Maggie is taking sign language and American History through our homeschool co-op and Ellie will be in a preschool class. During the last hour of co-op, Ellie and I will be taking a Kindermusik class together. We are both so excited since it is something that Maggie particiapted in for two years when she was little. Maggie has Tumbling on Friday evenings and as soon as we return from our week at the beach, both girls will start AWANA. Storytime at the library will also be in full swing. Our free day will be Monday for this semester. We are excited about falling into a new routine and learning lots of new things!
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