First of all, angels sing when Libby takes naps at just the right time that I'd like her to. Second, I get so much more accomplished when working with Teagan and Neely separately. Third, even though the playground is great, not going to the playground for recess is also a dream because I can sit on the nicely shaded patio right outside my back door with my feet up and my laptop plugged in while the girls are playing soccer right in front of me (or at least within earshot). They know to scream bloody murder if something happens, and this big mama will fly over that railing with superhuman ability.
We got started at 11:30 am today. That is tending to become our average start time. We work for about 3 hours total when we only do math, reading, writing, and social studies. Science is a 2- to 3-day per week deal now that we've finished our science book. I could go ahead and start the next one, but, frankly, I don't want to. I have envisioned this super planned and organized school year for 2014-2015 and I'm sticking to it.
Teagan went first today since her birthday yesterday garnered a free skip from school. She worked on fractions, wrote a few more pages in her book "The Girl Who Loved Music", and read a chapter in a book she's reading. I'm doing the Sonlight way of reading where students read a chapter and then talk about it. I think it's a great method. Last week, Teagan started reading chapter 3 and just finished the whole book (8 chapters long) in that sitting. =)
I have been getting into the Instagram and Twitter world lately. It's great to lookup the homeschooling hashtag and see what other's are doing. It is GREAT inspiration. I found this lady who had a great motivational saying in her planner, and I decided to make it our motto--not just for the classroom, but for every day. I put it onto a piece of art paper, decorated it, and the girls took a pledge! It is now hanging above their work cabinets so they can see it everyday. I hope it is motivation for every person in my house, including me!