Start a checklist. Let the boys put the checkmarks in. You'll be surprised at how much they'll WANT to do that and the visual motivation to finish is right in front of them.momspeapods wrote:Hi everyone-
The weather has been nice and the boys would much rather be outside in the sunshine.
We have been using MFWk and 1st this year and we have loved it. Until now! We are about 6 weeks from being finished for the year and each day is getting harder.
We are planning on doing 1st again next year and adventures but have had concerns because of a new baby arriving in June. Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks in advance.
Just grab an index card and jot basic "stuff" down on it. Make a little box next to each item for the boys to check off.
-Bible memory verse
You get the gist. It's amazing how something so seemingly small can keep you on track each day.
Also, we "had" a new baby too. He was born Dec 15th and we were called to come and get him on Dec 18th. No knowledge that God had made him. No knowledge that he was destined for our home. Completely out of the blue. We took a week or so off from school to get our bearings and then were basically forced to move on and plug along with school.
You can do it. If you initiate the checklist now, you can use it again in the Fall when you'll have those unplanned interruptions that require you to care for the baby. You'll want to save ALL independent work for when you're caring for baby (ie. book basket, coloring history sheets, maybe even art). That way, the boys can do their independent work when you're not available to help. And if anything is left undone, you'll see it on the checklist and can get to it at some other time of the day (believe me, it will help to self motivate them though).
Cut out all fluff (ie. if you had "extras" planned, they may need to wait until the second half of the year). You might even save science for dad to do with kids in the evenings or for the whole family to do together on the weekends.
If you can get a copy of Managers Of Their Homes, you can browse the chapter about scheduling babies as it relates to homeschool (not endorsing everything she "schedules"; just saying it might give you some ideas of how to work things out in your own homeschool).