Oh Lori,LSH in MS wrote: ↑Mon Feb 11, 2008 9:28 pm I was looking at the TM and I am so excited at the content, but it seems a big step up from RTR. I will be using the supplement for a 3rd grader plus have a 1st grader who will be doing the Bible notebook and phonics.
I guess I just need some encouragement. I feel pulled in so many directions teaching all the levels plus having time for my almost 2 year old.
I feel this big transition coming with my oldest going into middle school years and yet I am still in the learning to read and toddler stage also.
One day at a time. We're doing EX1850 right now and I really think the leap from ECC to CTG was the biggest leap and that wasn't all that bad. Then going from CTG to RTR and then from RTR to EX1850 have both been little steps, not huge leaps.
Every time I start a new MFW year, I feel overwhelmed. I get excited and then get the TM and since it's all big and unfamiliar, it is scary.
Then, I'd do a day. We would simply do one day. It was possible. It was doable. It was done before the yellow bus drove by. And, the next day. And the next.
YOu've got a big age range, but it's not impossible. Make sure you schedule time for your older kids to entertain the toddler now and then so you can put your feet up and read a book (or get dinner started or work one-on-one with another child).
And, it's okay if you fall behind a bit. You've got a lot on your plate. Don't ever let curriculum (MFW or otherwise) intimidate you. Remember curriculum is your servant, not vice versa. Use it as a tool, a guideline, and NOT a tyrant saying "you must do all this today."
Yes, EX1850 looks like a lot (and it IS) but it's only a lot when you try to think of it all at once. Look just at one day (or if you are brave, one week) and you'll see that it's a lot like RTR or CTG in the amount of work.
One day at a time, Lori. You can do it. We all get overwhelmed. Lean on Jesus and he'll hold you up when you're too tired to stand.