Monday, January 4, 2010

First Day of School for 2010

We are officially back from our Christmas Break. We had planned on doing more school during break than we actually did. I ended up babysitting a couple of kids for about half of the time, so school was put on hold.

Today we started school off with a bang! We gathered in the living room, woth our breakfast for family devotions, as well as, for read alouds.

We started with prayer and bible reading. Moved onto 'This Day in Baptist History',  Autobiography on Hudson Taylor, and reading from Ten P's in a Pod.

Next for 4 of the children was spelling. We did an assignment from Sequential Spelling, while my fifth child worked on Quarter Mile Math Drills.

After we finished with that, I introduced something to the kids, to try to help them learn to battle their forgetfulness. I can tell you that for me, what has been a life saver are lists. When something big is coming, the only thing that keeps me going is checking things off my list.

So we have implemented that for the kids. Right now, I am telling them what goes on the list. They write out their own personal list. The hope is that they will develop the habit of making a list for themselves.

We are still using the laminated cards on rings that I made. We are jsut using them in conjunction.

So right now, I have one reading, one playing piano, one working on math. One has gone back to bed ( battling a cold, she was able to do some of her work already and will do more when she gets up!) One is working on guitar.

They will continue in this fashion, until their list is complete. Rotating for piano and computer time.

I am hoping they will feel accomplished at the end of the day. Right now my ADHD is feeling a little overwhelmed, feeling the list is SOOO LONG.. however I am hoping to teach him to tackle one thing at a time, and not to get overwhelmed by it all!

How is your day going? Have you implemented anything new? I find with homeschooling children with special needs. We must be flexible. Willing to change when it is not working for our special learners!

Have a wonderful day!


  1. Sounds like a good day! I love lists soooo much. Thinking about the overwhelmed child, maybe he could make 3 lists? Morning, after lunch, and after dinner lists is what came to mind. Once they are made he only has to look at the list he is on (the last item on each list tells him to get the next list out). Not sure that it would help though.

    We did get to guitar today too! Whoo hoo! My dd liked it.

    Tristan from the Crew

  2. I just wanted to say I read your blog just now and then watched the video of the song I have been blessed. Thank you for posting that. It was definetly something I needed today as things are not easy hubby is looking hard for a job and has had no leads ect. Thank you again for the awsome testimony with this song. God bless


  3. Hi Sally,

    I will be praying for your husband. I am glat the song was a blessing to you. It was a blessing to me and my family when this family sang at church for us.

    My husband lost his job over a year ago, while he is now working, we are making not nearly enough.

    Though somehow through God's provision we make it through each day, each month...

    I will pray for your family.

    In His Service,