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Posted by on Aug. 17, 2014 at 7:19 PM
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I'm finding the juggling of life is the hardest aspect of homeschool right now.

I'm homeschooling DS 6(will be 7 in Sept) 2nd grade

                            DD 4 (will be 5 in Nov) Kindergarten

I also have a 2.5yoDD at home and I'm expecting #4 in Oct. 

We took home schooling at a very part time pace until about a month ago. Now we're going *almost* at a full time status. But in order to do all their work and lessons we do part time on weekends as well (reading spelling and ideally writing at the very minimum) 

DS has ADHD. Many of the things his specialist had commented on during the assessment we haven't really had an issue with until we "kicked it into high gear". His working memory is borderline retadation! It took 1 month for him to master 8 spelling words. Thats with verbally reading and spelling them daily, writing them daily, using and writing them in sentences. Sometimes even twice a day working on spelling words. While doing his work there can be absolutely nothing else in arms reach ideally in a several foot radius or he becomes so distracted he has no idea what he's supposed to be doing. Even then theres no guarantee cause i don't know if you know this or not but a pencil makes an awesome drum stick, combine that with his mouth and i've got live music most of the day! lol

DD wants to do as much work as him so i've been supplementing and adding extra work for her daily. Which is frustrating in a sense because i don't feel like i can keep up with her. Don't get me wrong i love it on one hand. This girl didn't even know her colors (other then pink and purple until well over 3, not for lack of trying on my part.) And she had 0 interest in letters or numbers until just over a month ago. Now she knows almost all of 1-10 and many letters. So i love her sudden desire to learn but i need her to be able to not be doing so much work. But if i give her a non-school related task she just cries and gets upset that she wants to learn. 

DD2 is just a terror. lol. Shes into everything. During reading times she decides it is time to sing at the top of her lungs. She's been super clingy and wants to be in my lap or arms all the time. I get a semi break when DH gets home. Theres really no guarantee on naps to be able to plan around. 

I'm trying to keep the house basic cleaned every day (dishes twice, sweep kitchen, sweep living room, wipe down stove/counters, put away laundry or wash diapers) But i'm also trying to get some deep cleaning and seasonal things done in prep for babys birth. 

I just feel like nothing is getting done and i'm getting so frustrated. 

I don't know how to help DS learn his words. Literally after an entire week of his words he had only learned one! And the same mistakes he was making at the begining of the week he was still making at the end of the week. Even though daily we went over them, daily we discussed the reading/writing rules he was ignoring daily we practiced them in a variety of ways. 

Any ideas and how the heck do you get it all done!!! 

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by Sonja on Aug. 17, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Aww sweety, IF that ever really happens we would truly have a SUPER woman to look up to for a very long time! You learn to take 1 or 2 things that we absolutely MUST have done and work on everything else to get done when it gets done. When we are pregnant, for most of us, things are heightened even when we don't think so, I would be willing to be that you are doing more than you realize.Maybe if you sit down and write down everything you have gotten done at the end of your day, you would actually see it for yourself. Don't be too hard on yourself. Most of us mothers feel the same way. 

by Member on Aug. 18, 2014 at 6:36 PM
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by on Aug. 19, 2014 at 12:20 AM

It is tough and you can't always get it done. Lower your expectations of yourself and stick with mini goals. Instead of putting off time with your toddler until the afternoon, make some time with her a priority first thing in the morning.  I found a lot of fun and educational ideas once Pinterest came around and I just had to invest the time after the kids were in bed and at random times throughout the day. I was able to make a lot of activity bags that I could let my toddler (at the time) play with while I worked with his brothers.  He used to be alot better at reading time than he is now! He likes to talk all the time now. But you can practice with short reading sessions, tell her that for 3 minutes you want her to listen (gradually change the time to increase it).

Plan ahead (a day or week at a time) and make chores a part of your day too so that the housework doesn't fall behind.   All of your kids can help with that although you should set aside time to show and help at first and then by the time your new baby arrives they will be in a routine to be helpers! 

Good luck to you and hang in there!

by Gold Member on Aug. 19, 2014 at 4:35 PM

I would also suggest working on phonetic sounds with your son.  Focus his spelling words based on a sound.  Learn the sound....and then some words to go with that sound.  My next suggestion is for you to check out flylady.  She has AMAZING tips on how to change your schedule so that you don't lose your mind.  I basically have my children working on a full routine.  They are to specific things at specific points during the day.....that includes chores (altough, we call them responsibilities).  My girls are responsible for many things including cleaning the upstairs...except the master bedroom and bathroom.  I also only have them work on a task for 15 mins....then we come back to it in a while.  Some of the tips and tricks may be helpful to your getting him to focus for 5 mins, then 10 and on up to 15.  If he can sit and work for 15 mins then you can get something done in that time frame.  You would be amazed that it takes less than 5 mins to fold a load of laundry and less than 5 to put it away.  Just be patient with yourself.  I had to fall into this and find my will too.  I promise.  We are not super women, but we sure like to make ourselves think we are.  You will find a routine after the baby gets here, but until then don't be so hard on yourself.

P.S.....I only wash my dishes at the end of the day.  I don't have a dishwasher.  I then put them away in the morning while my kids are eating breakfast.  I start washing while dinner is cooking and finish just after I put everything away.

by Kim on Aug. 19, 2014 at 11:34 PM
What about setting up 'centers' or projects for your 4 year old (& possibly 2.5 year old?). You can have things like a sensory him, lacing cards, alphabet magnets, etc. And their assignment is to play with them, lace an animal, etc.....some websites have things like duplo activities - like you make a tower and your daughters job is to copy the tower (while the 2.5 year old can build a tower). If she's looking for 'work' I would do art project type stuff, or pages that would take her awhile - like confessions of a homeschooler has a curricul with tons of letter activities, like do-a-dot letters - you could print out 2, your 2.5 year old could just dot all over it while your 4 year old can dot it then look in magazines for the letter, cut it out & paste it on the page.

It may take some more time to plan, especially in the beginning, but if you have an activity than a box with fun materials as the 'assignment' (play with the math manipulatives, etc) then that may free up time to work with your older son, who may also need activities like that at his academic level to be able to memorize things.

Also, in math, get him an addition chart & teach him how to use it - it will help him learn math concepts even if he's unable to memorize all of his math facts.
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