Can you stand another one so soon?
I have to report that as of today (that being day 9 of this homeschooling year) we are STILL making it to the table at 9:00 am.
Who'da thunk it?
Turns out the one who needed discipline was me.
Every morning I set the timer to go off at 9:00 am. When that buzzer goes off (our "morning bell," as it were) we are ALL to be dressed (which also includes doing our hair, teeth, and in my case, make-up), have our beds made, gone to the bathroom, eaten our breakfast, and be at the table.
If I have been running around and didn't get breakfast for some reason, it's "too bad so sad" for me.
The rules apply to all.
Having something I am accountable to, and something that cannot be altered (that being the 9:00 am start time) has made me much more responsible, which in turn is influencing the whole tone of our morning. I guess over the years I had allowed myself to get lazy, and unfortunately I was passing on those bad habits to my children. Funny how a quick "checking of email" can turn into a much-delayed morning, with me still clicking around at 10:30 and the kids still in their pajamas at 11.
Sad, sad, sad.
I can't claim any great breakthrough yet, but since they say it takes 21 days to make a new habit, I CAN say we're over one-third of the way there!
Since I LOVE to see what other moms are doing, I'll give you a look at what we're studying this year:
Sean (6th grade)
Religion: Faith & Life, Baltimore Catechism, the Gospels of Mark and Luke
Spelling: Writing Road to Reading, Wordly Wise
Grammar: Language of God, English 7 for Catholics
Editing: The Great Editing Adventure
Poetry: Harp & Laurel Wreath (current poem: "Charge of the Light Brigade")
Latin: Latina Christiana II
Math: Saxon 7/6
History: From Sea to Shining Sea (Catholic textbook project), lots of extra resources
Science: Harcourt Science, plus lots of extra resources (it's called "making due with what I had")
Reilly (5th grade)
Same as above, only she's in Saxon 6/5 and Latina Christiana I, and she's using Intermediate Language Lessons for Grammar. Her current poem is "George Washington" by Steven Vincent Benet.
Kathryn (4th grade)
Same, except she's in Saxon 5/4, Latina Christiana I, and the first half of Intermediate Language Lessons. Her current poem is "America for Me" by Henry Van Dyke.
Christopher (2nd grade)
Religion: Jesus Our Life (Faith & Life)
Spelling: Writing Road to Reading
Grammar: finishing up our Modern Curriculum Press workbooks
Poetry: Harp & Laurel Wreath (current poem is "The Owl and the Pussycat")
Latin: Greek/Latin flashcards
Math: Saxon 2
History: following along with the older kids, but with age-appropriate read-alouds
Science: following along with the older kids, but using Usborne books, along with many others.
Thomas (1st grade)
Same as above, but he's in the 2nd half of Saxon 1 and is finishing up his MCP A workbook for grammar. His current poem is "Windy Nights."
Marie (3 yrs) and Grace (20 months)
LOTS of paper, crayons, markers, and workbook pages! Actually, both of them really enjoy doing the phonogram flashcards (of all things!) and listening to all that's going on, so they are getting a better head start than I even imagine!
That's all the homeschooling news I have for now... other than the fact that I've assigned our first project -- a "mini history fair" on Lewis and Clark. Let's see how well THIS one goes over! *grin*