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HOW TO SAVE A HOMESCHOOL DAY GONE BAD- ACTIVATE PLAN B

Let’s face it, some days things happen and our homeschool day gets derailed. Sometimes it’s serious enough where school is the last thing on our mind (a serious illness, accident, etc.) but other times it’s non emergency/urgent things that are are just enough to disrupt the day and make it harder to get back on track. Perhaps your spouse is off from work and wants to do a fun family activity or wants help with house projects, maybe you are traveling, this video deals with days like that.

I remember reading somewhere by Dr. Robinson that if Math doesn’t get done in the most productive first hours in the morning, then might as well take the school day off and try again the next day. This advice has saved me much grief in trying to make a day unlike our routine, still fit against all odds. Sometimes it’s just better to realize the day is shot, and go with your plan B.

These tips are my Plan B! Comment below and let me know if you have a plan B!

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The Happiness Habit

There are a couple of recent tools, that have greatly impacted “Our House” and they deal with ruling your emotions vs. letting your emotions rule you. When you have a house full of people, you are going to spend some portion of your day helping the little people navigate through their emotions and problem solving, and YOU also will need these tools in order to not be consumed by it all and to be JOYFUL!

Proverbs 31:26 says:

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

Perhaps for some ladies that comes easily, but I know I have to work on it and I am better able to fulfill with verse when I have my emotions under control and generally feel HAPPY.

I hope this video encourages you with some ideas on how to foster that habit of happiness.

One thing I forgot to mention in the video that I got from the emotions course is to repeat to myself, “I am not my hand” when someone has a problem with something I have produced.

I think many wives can relate to this scenario:

My husband is vocal about the meal that I made, that it was not good at all. My natural reaction is to be defensive, to list of all the quality ingredients, the 5 star recipe rating that I followed exactly, how I feel taken for granted, that it’s somehow an attack on me.

Instead I can remind myself by looking at my hand and saying, I am not my hand. I am not that meal. If I make a bad video, I am not that video. If I write up a badly written blog post, I am not that blog post. People are free to criticize said blog post, video, and meal and I can feel fine that I am not those things. It’s not an attack on me personally and I don’t have to allow it to make me unhappy. Am I ok right now? Yes. Did I spend a lot of time preparing something not well received? Yes, that was in the past, but am I ok right now? Right! Right now I am ok and I can probably list of a bunch of things I am grateful for. So I am back to focusing on the good vs the bad.

I hope that makes sense. Watch the video and let me know what you think and no worries if you think it’s awful. I know I am not my hand 🙂

2 resources I recommend:

This book:

And this amazing course!!

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Independent Homeschool- Dr. Fred Ray Lybrand

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My Favorite School Supplies

In this post I am sharing some of my favorite school supplies. As a Robinson Curriculum family, we keep it pretty minimal. There are a few things though that make all the difference for me.

These pens are so much fun! They are erasable gel pens. Now my kids can write letters to their pen pals in nice ink and be able to erase it if they make a mistake. The ink also erases in high heat (like a blow dryer) and then reappears when put in someplace really cold, like the freezer. This makes for some fun spy games in our house! To see all Parkoo productsParkoo” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”> click here.


ParKoo Erasable Gel Pens, Fine Point, Assorted Color Inks for Drawing Writing Sketching, 10-Pack

This Abacus is a must for me for math with the little kids. When children are starting out, this is a great way to illustrate to them how 14 is different than 24 even though they contain the same numbers. Whenever we go over a number, I ask that they show me that number on this abacus.

Abacus from Ikea

You know me and how I love my non consumable materials! In order for the kids to comfortable use the sheet protected worksheets over and over, these fine tip Expos are a must. The regular ones are just to bulky and thick. These thin ones are low odor and fine tip so they work out great!

EXPO 86601 Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Fine Tip, Assorted Colors, 8-Count, Includes 5 Color Flag Set

One of the very few things I require for math is graph paper! It makes is so much easier to read their math problems. I know they find it helpful themselves in order to line up problems correctly.

2 Pk, Bazic 4-1″ Quad Ruled Filler Paper 100 Ct. Per Set

My kids sure love to draw and to have their own little space to make their own portfolios. These little sketch books are a must.  I first bought them on Amazon but then realized you can always pretty much find them in any dollar store.

BAZIC 30 Ct. 8.5″ X 11″ Side Bound Spiral Premium Sketch Book

Watch this video below to see some of these in action!

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Language Arts for Littles

Recently a comment came in with some great questions!

Could you do a video on copywork, spelling, handwriting, vocab? Like when do your littles do it (after math instead of writing an essay?) What do you use for copywork? Do you have spelling test? What age do you start on vocab? And do you have your kids learn to spell the vocab as their spelling words?

As promised, here is that video. I go over not only what we do, but also another game plan I found in the RC group, that really anybody can do!

What we do:

For my children starting the RC program, we start the day with memorizing their math flashcards. In addition to the math flashcards, I find this book also really helps!

Addition the Fun Way!: A Picture Method of Learning the Addition Facts

After they have worked on math, then we move on to all the Language Arts things.

First we work on learning how to read. Everybody approaches this in their own way. For me, I use Alpha Phonics, go over the RC phonic flashcards, work on some sight word practice and then let them read to me for a little while.

After that I assign them some penmanship practice (using our non-conmable workbooks that I created (video here)

Then I assign them some copy work. The McGuffeys eclectic primer has some wonderful things for this. They start with little sentences and then they can work up to a little paragraph. There is also some vocabulary and spelling there if you would like to do a little more.

I also talked about a free resource that is excellent if you want a more structures language arts program called Language Lessons. You can find that here in my homeschooling free resource page under Language Arts.

That’s pretty much it for us.

If you are not doing the Robinson Curriculum, but looking for a great game plan for Kindergarten, I have something very affordable and wonderful for you.

This is a document I found floating around in an RC Facebook group. She has a 220 day game plan on learning how to read, what to write, and what else you should teach.

You can find that document here. The reading list alone is a great start!

What the video below for a more in depth look.