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Disclaimer: I do realize that every year in public school, we rarely "finished" our books.   That we move at our own pace, that we have individualized learning, that we teach more than just ONE class or ONE grade level.  

However, did you have many expectations and intentions this year that you just haven't been getting accomplished?   Or are you good at setting reasonable goals and mucking out and getting them done?

I actually had the foolish idea that we would accomplish TWO science classes this year, and it looks like we aren't going to finish one.   We were going to do BOTH astronomy and anatomy (apologia for the younger grades)..   Yeah... LOL!   That has turned into a joke.

It's only going to get harder.   My older kids are getting into more serious academics and Abby is struggling to read and write... her writing is still very preK at the tail end of Kindy.  Then I have the toddler who JUST a few weeks ago entered the terrible twos.  ((I keep getting "love notes" about his behavior in church nursery.  I'm going to have to pull him out of there so I can address his behavior myself.  He's not old enough to reason with yet, and I'm not there to discipline it.))

Anyway, I have this perception of how I want our schooling to go, how I want my family to be... 

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and nothing is how I intend.


What about you guys, do you have intentions and fail as miserably as I am?   Am I alone in this??



by on Mar. 15, 2014 at 9:46 PM
Replies (11-20):
KrissyKC
by Silver Member on Mar. 16, 2014 at 2:20 PM
That is our biggest issue. I have to be hands on and excited and feel like their driving force.

It is improving though, and we are learning that they like having all their assignments infront of them and they mark it off and have a sense of accomplishment. It is helping, but not a total fix.

Quoting paganbaby:

Omg yes! I had all these pretty things planned out. DD would do the bulk of her work online and independently and ds would be progressing nicely with his reading and writing. I mean, he'd have to! I bought all these super interesting books and writing ideas ready. *Snort*

DD does very little work online and doesn't stay focused unless I'm sitting right next to her. Reading and writing with ds is a joke. I've gotten desperate enough to buy ds is own cell phone so he can text and grin with delight when he copies down videos from YouTube to watch on his laptop or reads the text on minecraft.

The only real progress we seem to be making is math and science. I can't beleive how much better DD is doing in math. Math used to be her worst subject, now it's her best. Since ds discovered math and science, it's all I can do to keep up with him,lol.

KrissyKC
by Silver Member on Mar. 16, 2014 at 2:24 PM
That makes a difference. We are on year four and this was my first year doing three different levels plus a toddler.

I understand the family expectations too. I should have an understanding relationship with my Abby because I had the same behavior and challenges growing up. I understand her little heart better than many people can... and yet she still drives me batty and I set her away from me much more than I want.

Quoting KickButtMama:

We've been at the HS thing for over a decade, so it's kinda like clockwork. We meet my expectations there. 

Family wise, I'm always thinking communication will improve between my eldest (on the autism spectrum) and my hubby. But my eldest is going to be 13 and it hasn't improved yet, so I've just about given up the ghost on that. 

KrissyKC
by Silver Member on Mar. 16, 2014 at 2:26 PM
I remember when one of mine was in public school and the others were home. Boy did I miss his being with the rest of us. Felt like a piece of us was just out of place.

Quoting AutymsMommy:

In the past few months, things have been better, school-wise for us. I'm still in a bit of a funk and miss Autumn, as well as dealing with some problems she's having at school, which are filtering into home (nothing she's doing wrong, but the school set up).

I'm still moderately happy with where DS is in his academics. My plans fell a bit behind, but he was ahead to begin with, so I'm not entirely concerned about it. I've used the bulk of the past few months getting my 20 month old used to playing for short increments in his play pen so that I can work with Nico.

KrissyKC
by Silver Member on Mar. 16, 2014 at 2:27 PM
Lol!!! I totally love the way you think!

Quoting mem82:

You should look at things more like a big pot of spaghetti noodles. You throw a whole bunch at the wall and hope that some of it sticks. LOL

Mandallyn
by Member on Mar. 16, 2014 at 3:08 PM
Yes, I had a lot of goals set up that we didn't reach. I'm changing strategies once again. I've even changed to work boxes to try and give him freedom and help him see how light his work load really is.

Nothing has helped. I don't know if we're going to slow for him and he's bored, or if we're just trying to get him to work with a method that is not conducive to his learning and motivation styles.

We have a lot that didn't get finished and I'm really hopeful we manage to get through his evaluation unscathed.
jen2150
by Silver Member on Mar. 16, 2014 at 3:28 PM
Yes and no. My intentions are always much bigger than reality. It is just my personality. I make lofty goals, adjust as necessary and don't worry about the rest. I mostly concentrate on our objectives. Love of learning and a love for books. We have many tangents. I also don't let my curriculum tell me how I am doing. I figure if my kids are telling me things I don't know then I am doing fairly well.
KickButtMama
by Shannon on Mar. 16, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Lol, I had a calendar that was blank that I set up each week. When moving we realized it was still set to 4 years ago, so you're better than me!

Quoting Molimomma:

We quit doing calendar math last month, then when March started I reset the calendar and thought, "ok we need to do this every morning again, I need to get back on track." Currently my March calendar goes through the 7th and it says today is Tuesday and tomorrow will be Wednesday....opps! I realize doing or not doing calendar isn't going to make or break my 4year old's education but I really need to follow through, next year calendar math has even more components and we should have built the routine in this year but my son is just not into it and I hate fighting about doing the calendar which seems like a foolish thing to battle about.


KickButtMama
by Shannon on Mar. 16, 2014 at 3:35 PM

That's definitely in my approach to education! Lol

Quoting mem82:

You should look at things more like a big pot of spaghetti noodles. You throw a whole bunch at the wall and hope that some of it sticks. LOL


KickButtMama
by Shannon on Mar. 16, 2014 at 3:37 PM

I remember how frustrating that was. It took forever for us to find a style that works for my boys. Keep trying, it does get better! 

Quoting Mandallyn: Yes, I had a lot of goals set up that we didn't reach. I'm changing strategies once again. I've even changed to work boxes to try and give him freedom and help him see how light his work load really is. Nothing has helped. I don't know if we're going to slow for him and he's bored, or if we're just trying to get him to work with a method that is not conducive to his learning and motivation styles. We have a lot that didn't get finished and I'm really hopeful we manage to get through his evaluation unscathed.


No_Difference
by Silver Member on Mar. 16, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Schedule wise, we're doing better than I had hoped for the main subjects. However, all the goals I set for myself (grading and tracking attendance - neither needed, I just want to be in the habit regardless), and then our extras like art and a foreign language. As much as we have struggled through history this year, we're still on track, surprisingly.

Non-academically: I keep trying to get the whole family involved with cleaning up, and this seems to be a pointless waste of time. Hubby is now retired and always home, and I literally have to beg to get help, and then tell him specifically what to do... Seriously dude, there is a heaping mound of clothes that need to be washed or folded and have been there for like a week... isn't that clue enough that it needs to be done?? *sigh* and then having the kids do chores... They have them, and they do them, but boy do I have to throw a fit for them to get done and then they do them soooooo slooooooooooooow.... No amount of praise for getting them done efficiently has helped, nor has bribery. It also doesn't help that as soon as I finally get a floor cleaned, hubby decideds he has to buy something for a new project that is just HUGE. I am convinced we need a new house just for our hobby stuff, and one for school stuff, and one to live in lol. Maybe then it will be picked up right???  

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