Every time there is a new baby in the house our homeschooling goes on auto-pilot for a while. There are days where we accomplish a lot, days where most of the learning is child-led, and days where not much of anything gets done. I’ve come to a place where I can peacefully accept these seasons because I know they are just that – a season. We school year-round which enables us to take these slow times to enjoy the new addition to the family and adjust our routines. Right now the biggest routine we’re trying to get back in place is table time. Table time is where all my children sit around the table working on assignments and I rotate around teaching new lessons or helping as needed. My younger children join us beginning as soon as they can sit in a booster seat with a seatbelt. I’ve written about table time before. Like anything, if you get out of the habit, it takes some re-training when you start again.
The picture above is from today’s table time. Makayla, Joseph, and Emma were doing math practice or tests, Daniel worked in a workbook, Oliver worked on colors and matching with a file folder game, and Caleb tried out dry erase markers. Mason was napping at the time. It feels so good to get back to routines!
We’re still very flexible in what subjects are accomplished right now, focusing the most energy on the 4 R’s:
After that it’s anything goes. Chess, reading classics, learning about the Panama Canal with Daddy, reading for fun, jump rope in the house, crafting, building with legos, playing board games, and a hundred other things are happening. My children still have a deep thirst for learning and I’m trying to give them the tools they need and get out of the way! I’m also getting back to exercise now that I’ve made it to the 6 week mark from my c-section. As you can see from this picture of today Mason likes to be held when I’m walking. He’s a happy guy just about all the time but boy are my arms sore from lugging his cute self! I think tomorrow I need to make sure I put on the Moby Wrap before I start exercising so I can pop him in that if he decided to join me partway through.
Well, my children are in quiet time and I really ought to put my feet up and rest while I can, so that’s the end of this post. Feel free to leave me a comment about what you did today with your children!