Weekly Wrap-Up: The One With the Great Week

I am happy to say that this is one of the first weeks in a really long time where I have looked back and just felt joy. Don’t get me wrong, Babydoll is a joy to teach; she loves school, she listens, she tries hard, she does her best, she does extra work-she’s a complete blast to homeschool. But everything else around me seemed to constantly aggravate me. I was dealing with mental clutter, and it was really annoying me.

Part of this is due to the fact that, in addition to homeschooling, I do freelance writing, go to school myself, trot Babydoll off to soccer four times a week, and lead her Brownie troop. I appear to have it together to those around me, but I always felt like I was always trying to catch up. Well this week with my household notebook in order and my daily do-its and to-do lists ready, I conquered the week in a most orderly fashion and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I honestly think one of the greatest determining factors was deciding to switch from cleaning a room a day {which rarely worked because I’m just so stinking busy} to cleaning the entire house in one day on the weekend. Yes, I have to spend a greater chunk of time doing the cleaning at once, but it’s knocked out and ready for maintenance the rest of the week. I felt as if a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I always tried to do it the way I would read other people doing it, little by little each day, but that just wasn’t working for me.

Now on to more fun stuff, like Math!! I believe I recently mentioned switching from our K12 math to Math-U-See {it’s late and I really can’t remember}. In case I didn’t: we recently switched from our K12 math to Math-U-See. I am beyond thrilled about the choice. Babydoll loves math anyway, but she’s really taken to this program. I have to say that this is probably the single greatest thing I have found for our homeschooling.

I decided to backtrack and start with the Alpha level, even though Babydoll is “technically” in 3rd grade. I wanted to make sure she had her addition and subtraction facts down and had a great foundation moving forward. We also reviewed telling time and she said it finally clicked when she saw it.

In history we started discussing medieval African tribes and gold  Babydoll also continued to work on her blog, and we redid all of her three-ring binders because I wanted tab dividers in them.  We finished up a unit on verbs, did several spelling and vocabulary activities, and finished up our unit on the digestive system.

Our week was a bit interrupted by an emergency trip to the dentist and a on again/off again soccer practice {and reading this it doesn’t seem like we got too much done}, but we worked very hard this week and did quite a few lessons in each subject.  We ended the week by baking some coconut cupcakes together and getting items together for a Fall craft that we’ll be doing this week.

How was your week?  Check out other weekly wrap-ups at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.