Thursday, February 23, 2006

It's going to be one of *those days

It is Thursday - therefore, it is chaos city. For the most part, it is a great day, filled with challenges, friendship and activity -- but getting out of bed with a smile on this day is not always easy (unless you are rambunctious 4 year old twins!)

A short (or maybe not) outline for the day:

6:30 Mom up and on the treadmill
7:00 Mom in shower, dad feeds the boys breakfast
7:20 Mom downstairs - dad off to work
7:30 Boys watch Dora - mom does Bible devotion
8:00 Girls awake, dressed and breakfast
8:45 Morning chores started and lunch packed for day
9:30 Bible reading for kids
10 Leave for the day -- heading to homeschool gym

Sidenote about homeschool gym. This is a cooperative of families in the area. We meet at a large church with a modern gym facility and plenty of room. The group started 9 years ago with 12 families (36 children). To date, we average 168 children each Thursday morning.
We have a nursery, preschool, K-3, 4-7 and 8-12 sport/activity for each group. The young children have rooms filled to the brim with fun toys to promote activity and learning.
The older groups do everything from jump rope competitions to lacrosse out on the field. It has been a wonderful experience for our family. The support formed out of this group is simply amazing. I would be lost without them. Class runs from 10:15-12.

We eat lunch from 12-12:45 and go into Learning 4 Life Co-Op. We meet each Thursday afternoon in the same facility. This is our first year. I head it up with two other ladies.
We average about 68 students per week, with 9 different classes offered.
Today is the start of a new session (each session is 4 weeks).
Our classes this time around are:

5-7 year olds:
Arts/crafts
Unit study on heroes of the Bible
Cooking

8-10 year olds:
Unit Study on Little House in the Prairie (I am teaching this class)
Art
Cooking

11-13 year olds:
How to write the 'perfect' report
Art History
Drama

13-18 year olds:
Physical Science
Driver's Ed (open to 15 and up only)
Cooking (complete with preparing lunch for moms on last class day)

There are different classes each session. It has been a tremendous success. It allows the mothers to share their talents and help one another with the teaching load. We even have some of the dad's teach from time to time.

We will leave the church at 3:30 and head home. A long day, especially for the boys.
Once home, we will have reading and journal writing. Very basic school day.

The hub-man has school tonight, so he doesn't get home until 10:30 or so --- which means we are on our own for dinner.

:::: whimper :::: I'm tired already and it isn't even 9 in the morning. Know what my devotion was on this morning?

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them."
Matthew 19:14

Lord, I want to thank You for every moment I get to spend with my children. Help me to treasure this time, always.
Amen.

3 Comments:

Blogger Mimi said...

What a neat unit for you to be teaching! I'd love to hear more!

3:38 PM  
Anonymous HolyMama! said...

At 6:30 you're on a treadmill? Wow! That homeschool gym sounds like a fantastic arrangement.

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Gina said...

Must be something about Thursdays as that is my busiest day of the week too!

Today was spent almost entirely in the car going from one event, appt., or errand to the next. I know I upset my youngest by saying to a Dr. Seuss Birthday evening at the school but I just didn't have the energy!

5:39 AM  

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