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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

School Days

It's a new school year! 

Since we homeschool, we only loosely follow the school calendar, but I am trying to be more organized and follow more of a schedule this school year.  My oldest boys are in 2nd grade and I also have a preschooler, in addition to a toddler and a baby.  Here are a few of the things I do to stay sane :) 
  • have a schedule.  I never thought I would have a strict schedule, and I don't, but we do have a routine.  Although, snack times are strictly at 10am and 2pm, the kids hold me to that!  If you have younger toddlers or babies, you have to be flexible with your day. You just can't always plan that leaky, poopy diaper,  But as much as I tried to avoid having a schedule and a "school day", it helps us keep up with our work to have a routine.  The boys can anticipate what we do and when.  They are much more cooperative.
  • have a designated school area.  We have a table in the living room that is just for the kids and just for school work.  Sitting in the dining room all day just didn't work for us.  Also, sitting on the couch was too tempting for my little boys, too tempting to just lay around and not actually work. The table is old, so if it gets pencil or crayon on it, I don't mind.  We put adjustable legs on the table so it can be "kid height" and adjust as they grow.
  • keep track of lessons completed.  Sometimes I'm lazy.  I don't create lesson plans ahead of time.  Instead, I keep track of all the lessons we have completed instead.
  • meditation.  I have 4 boys, so our house is loud!  I found a great book called In My Heart Room.  When we all need some quiet time, we read through one of the exercises.  It works great for Mommy and for little boys.
What are some of the things that you do to stay organized with home school?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Home Birth and Insurance

This is just a rough post, that will be updated!

I had a homebirth with my last baby and am now fighting with our insurance company for reimbursement.  I am trying to collect articles, research and anything else I can get to submit to them for consideration.  I would like to make a mini-database for others to use.  If you have any links for helpful information, please comment!

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