Today we are starting our second full week of homeschooling. Today is day 8. Last week was a success, despite my absolute exhaustion at the end of each day. I'm not kidding. It's like starting a new job. Everything on me is tired at the end of the day; my brain, my emotions, my body. It's pretty intense.
And watch out for Estelle! Turn your back for a minute and she climbing the furniture!
The boys, though, are really learning stuff! I can't believe it! (O.k., I kind-of can, but it still amazes me.)
We have had some days, however, where there is a lot of hemming and hawing. I'm pretty sure they push me much harder than they would push a teacher that they didn't know.
I ended up coming up with a behavior chart that is working pretty well. They get all their points at the beginning of the day. They can keep them if they are good. Twenty points earns a sticker, and three stickers earns a coupon.
The boys (Kaleb even wants to have a chance to earn these - his chart is on the back of the little boys chart) really, really love these coupons. Some examples are pictured below. There are also coupons for an extra dessert, picking a TV show- no matter who's watching TV, and playing X-box or Playstation on a school day for 30 minutes (which we never do - those are usually reserved for weekends.) You can see why they would be excited.
All in all, I am so glad I decided to do this. My heart is so full when I see them blossom and witness their minds grasping ideas. They love being with me too - which is such a blessing that won't last forever (not that they won't love being with me forever, but they won't be with me forever.) I'm so glad I'm jumping on this chance to really be present in their formative years.
Pray for me that I'll still feel that way after this week! :D