Our week in review complete with a shift in homeschooling!

    We've had a busy couple of weeks. Last week we did a Breakfast on the Go event which basically means we get up at 5:30am to hand out breakfast to residents as they go to work. We gave out 48 breakfasts in an hour! Then this past Saturday we had a chili cook-off that actually went very well! Of course, Miss Firecracker picked someone else's chili as her favorite. She has no sense of loyalty.  We also made about 20 visits to residents complete with fresh baked cookies for half of them.  Finally, we're hosting an oyster roast this Saturday.  Once you throw in delivering flyers for the chili cook-off and the oyster roast, you can see we've had a lot going on.
    In the midst of all this, we're still supposed to be doing school. I personally haven't been feeling good about the progress we've been making. Not because we're not doing work or because Mr. Logical isn't learning, but because I see that we need more consistency. With all the LIFE that's happened to us, consistency has been the major component missing in our homeschool. So I sat down last week and looked at my options.
     1.) Quit homeschooling altogether and put the kids in public school
     2.) Quit homeschooling altogether and put the kids in private school
     3.) Keep doing what we're doing
     4.) There HAS to be a #4 somewhere!!! WHAT COULD IT BE????

Nothing against public school, but I just. can't. do. it. I have a plethora of reasons why I just can't go there, and it's simply not an option for us right now.  We can't afford private school. =)  Besides, I truly like the lifestyle that homeschooling allows us. We have so much flexibility, and it's given the kids some stability in all the changes. Otherwise, they would have been pulled out of 2 schools this year for our moves.  Continuing what we were doing just wasn't an option either. I have great curriculum. I LOVE my curriculum and the kids love it as well. Unfortunately, it just wasn't working for us right now.
    In keeping with the saying "The right thing at the wrong time is the wrong thing," I knew I had to make a change (a cheap change since I've already bought curriculum for the year). That's when I was reminded of option number 4 (I KNEW there was a number 4 our there somewhere!), and I signed up for an online homeschool curriculum. It's a private program, not the public virtual school, though I did consider that option. We started today, and I think it will be a good thing to help get me through my burnout. I can feel good that Mr. Logical is progressing in his subjects, and I can spend more time doing the fun stuff that I always wanted to do with school but never got around to doing.
   Amazingly, today I woke up and felt happy to start our week! I didn't realize how much I was dreading each day until this morning. I do not plan or expect to continue this track forever, but for now, this is a good choice for us. I'm thankful to have so many options when it comes to homeschooling.  So there it is, our week in all its glory.

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  1. Man you have had a busy week! Sorry for your struggles with your curriculum. Have you ever heard of Khan Academy? I heard that it is a FREE curriculum, online. You can also check out Big IQ Kids (I've done a review for them) as well as Ten Marks (for Math) and I may could find you some more. Just in case you are needing some supplemental or in those moments of you can't teach your normal curriculum, but you want to feel like they are learning/doing something educational.

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