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Thinking Out Loud – Homeschool Plans

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  My husband and I are supposed to be at a Homeschooling Conference today,  but once again,  life had other plans for us.   So I will be spending a good part of my weekend concentrating on our plans for the upcoming school year.    We will have a kindergartner,  a first/second grader.  (he’ll be doing first grade work in some areas,  second grade in others.)  A solid second grader,  a fifth grader,  and a seventh grader.   Add to all of that the sweet little people we will have running around:  a 4 year old, 3 year old, 14 month old, and in a few short weeks,  a newborn.   God is so good to us. 

  I spent the early hours of this morning revamping our homekeeping duties to reflect the shorter, more structured days, and more time spent at home in the cooler seasons.   I have simplified our meal planning on a three week rotating menu that everyone has agreed upon.  I re-assigned kitchen duties to suit who will be home when.  (Three boys are in Conquest,  and our oldest daughter will begin her first year of Challange Club.)  I have divided out some of the basic household chores so all of the children contribute to keeping the house in decent working order.  

  Now it is time to concentrate on our academics.    We will be enrolling our 7th, 5th,  and 2nd graders in Seton this year.  It is a big change from our usual ecclectic hodgepodge of resources that we have drawn from.    The structure seems to be what my 7th grader craves,  what my 5th grader needs,  and I think it will be a good move for my 2nd grader that completed the CHC second grade lessons last year.  (I use the word ‘completed’ loosely,  we deviated from the lessons plans in many ways,  yet always using them as a guide.)

 Mary will be the fifth child that I will homeschool for kindergarten.  While we will loosely follow CHC here again,  I have plenty of resources  on our bookshelves to draw from.  She is so very eager to learn new things and master new tasks.  I really look forward to watching her blossom. 

  Isaac will also follow CHC’s second grade lesson plans.  We will probably follow these pretty closely for him,  as he thrives in structure and likes to have his tasks neatly laid out before him.  He will be preparing for his First Holy Communion later next year and I firmly believe that when it comes to sacrament preparation,  CHC cannot be beat!

  I have some very specific goals for each child,  and then some very specific goals for the entire family.  I will delve into some of these in a later post.  I actually expect many of my upcoming posts to focus on our plans for next year and our preparations for welcoming a new little child into our family.  While all of this overwhelms me at times,  I know that my worry accomplishes nothing.  I am trying to to keep the words of St. Benedict , (a heavenly intercessor that has been very present in our family this year!)  in my thoughts,  “Ora et Labora!”  – “Pray and Work!”  I trust that God will supply me with all of the Grace and strength that I need to raise and educate my children for His glory.   What He wants, I want.  It’s that simple! 


About Lisbet

We are a Catholic homeschooling family of 13. (so far!) We are devoted to our Lord and our faith, open to the blessings of children, and enjoy learning and growing together in our joyfully chaotic home.

6 responses »

  1. Any chance we can see your menu? It is funny because I am just now in the process of creating a new rotating one for us.

    I hope you enjoy Seton. We just enrolled for our 2nd year and I am pleased. We have tweaked and altered it enough that it is not a canned type package and the materials are lovely.

  2. A menu plan, now that is what i need!!

    I feel like you are living the life I will be in another few years.. how did you get by when you only had littles at home? Right now, my oldest is only 6 and I get overwhelmed with the organizing of my day to day chores and activities.

    thank you for your encouraging blog 🙂

  3. I enjoyed reading your thinking out loud.

  4. Thanks for sharing these thoughts. I really need to get organized!

  5. I just found you in the wide world of Catholic homeschoolers which in my part of the world are slim…I know only 2 others. So, if you don’t mind, I’d like to peek in once in a while…may I pass your blog onto my friends for encouragement?

  6. Samantha, Please stop by often, also be sure to visit all the wonderful blogs in my blogroll, and the 4reallearning boards! 🙂


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