Archive for February, 2011

Going Easy On Myself…

February 13, 2011

14 February, 2011

Possum is 4 years and 9 months

Bandicoot is 2 years and 7 months

Little Princess is 6 weeks

As I write this I can hear the baby waking up again.  AGAIN.  She isn’t a great sleeper but yesterday outdid herself by crying for 26 hours, breaking only twice for two-hour sleeps.  She is much better today, but we are not.  We are exhausted.

The adjustment to include a new member in the family is a big one, not just for Mum and Dad, but for the other kids as well.  My husband and I have been running on the exhaustion levels you would expect for this time in our lives, and much of our waking time includes our new baby.  This has an impact on the boys – we can’t run and jump and play and attend to them as quickly and as energetically as we used.  As much as they love their sister, they aren’t happy about this.

Balance will resume, but not just yet.

I thought that I would try using a curriculum this year.  I have been looking at "Little Hands to Heaven" which is a progamme aimed at 2-5 year olds from Heart of Dakota.  I mostly like this curriculum package, but not everything about it.  That’s okay – it is easy to adjust various elements.  (I L-L-LOVE the fingerplays each week!)

However, even this I am finding a bit too structured.  The boys are thrilled for me to spend time with them, but unless it is an activity that really grabs them, they aren’t prepared to waste their Mummy-time.

And so I have reviewed Sonlight.   I am not sure if I would like to followSonlight Curriculum all the way through, but right now, I am looking for a fun and easy pre-school (and here)/kinder curriculum.  Sonlight had a promotion on their website that you can download the first three weeks of the Instructor’s Guide for any of the programmes that interest you.

And so I did.

As it turns out, we have many of the books used.  Largely the preschool curriculum involves reading lots of books (we have LOTS of books) and being a bit active about discussion or follow on activities (isn’t that how everyone reads books?)

Well this means I can homeschool easily, with or without the baby.  I can read while the boys snuggle on the lounge, sit in on a picnic rug in the yard or the park (should it stop raining), or while they are bouncing around, playing with cars, pounding playdough, or whatever my little active men need to do to free up their listening skills.

And as for Little Hands to Heaven?  Well I am going to do that, too.  But I am not doing it every day.  I will do the bits that appeal to us as we can fit them in.

And I think that will work for now.