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My Ah Ha Moment!

TODAY, my friends, I had MY AH HA moment!  You know, that moment when things just click....the Lord speaks to your heart and mind and it's just THERE! 

 I have been challenged lately with home educating all three children at the same time. You know the scene....preschooler asking for MORE MORE MORE every 5 mins, the Kindergartner asking for HELP HELP HELP all the time, the 2nd grader trying to concentrate...it can be (and often is) controlled (but loud) CHAOS! 

 I have been praying about it a lot and finally today, my prayers were answered!   I decided to let the girls (Pre K and K) work together on things and follow whatever they wanted to do for the day - their lead...while I was able to work with Zachary on more concentrated work! 
  For today, it worked...let's hope it continues to! 

We had no meltdowns, no yelling, no help help help!  Molly (K) helped Sammie (Pre K) with everything...they both learned together..Yes we still have our "book work" that Molly has to complete, but at a later time during the day when time permits!  sigh of relieve...less pressure on me to have "traditional" school for our younger two! Come see what transpired today...

Play-Doh time


Girls started early this morning with Play-Doh time...



They wanted to "sell" their cake pops they made to Zachary and I..lol

Jewelry Making 101


Love these from Parents - great dexterity work...




Some sorting fun...



On to Stamping....




Our Marble Art Work..



I drew trees onto large sheets of paper while they used marbles dipped into
green and red paint to "paint with"...they loved it!




I even had time to bake today while everyone was doing their own school work!





All in all a great school day (despite all the rain we are getting!)

Don't forget to check out the Fall Curriculum Giveaway happening right now over at Homeschool Creations!  We are participating and our giveaway can be found HERE!

Friday is another Fall Friday Recipe Link Up - won't you join us for some YUMMY FUN!





  

Comments

Mary said…
If I had kids close in age I would combine as much as I could! Smart move Mama!
marymakesmusic said…
Melissa ~ you know I only have 2 and we combine a WHOLE LOT! These days it is for almost everything except math and grammar/English. They always seem to go to their own levels and it works out fine.

I'm also letting them take the lead with things. Now that I'm reading "Educating The Whole Hearted Child" I'm learning that I can get away from all that curriculum and just let learning take place naturally in our home. That is such a hard paradigm shift for me to make!

On a totally different note -- I am coming to your neck of the woods, but I have a feeling you might be at Relevant. I will be NYC the week of October 24 - my husband will be there on business and I am tagging along. I can't wait for the mini vacation and some time to ourselves!!!
melismama said…
Thanks ladies...everything is a process and always in process!

Mary - I tweeted you...hope we can get together...
Diane said…
Combining allows both parties to grow. Perfect solution!
Robin said…
I am preparing (mentally and physically) to do a whole lot of combining once Little Ruby arrives. Big Ruby will be in 4th, Little in 3rd... both with special educational needs. I had questioned if this was "acceptable" to do since technically they are in different grades, but I think with a little modification here and there, it can work.

You're always doing fun activities with your children and are so resourceful. Praying for you!
melismama said…
Thanks Robin ! Praying for all to go well with the adoption also!
Lindsay said…
yay for ah ha moments! I hope it continues to work well! Love the cookies!
Rebecca said…
Yeah! I've really been trying to sort through my home...three at very different levels, but working on unity and love...seeking leadership and a love of learning. In reading through Charlotte Mason and A Thomas Jefferson Education...they recommend just letting the children lead....esp Thomas Jefferson...until eight yo...give them the opportunity to grow a love of learning through inspiring, not requiring..and you did it! GREAT job!!! Children are naturally curious....and want to learn...but, they don't want to be forced! Yeah! It took me three years to get here!!! So happy you had your moment!
melismama said…
Thanks Rebecca....it's such a huge weight off me...not sure why I was trying so hard to be a "school" instead of letting my children foster their own identities and where they wanted to be lead for learning.... 8)
Stefanie said…
I'm glad you had a good homeschooling day! Thanks for sharing with NOBH!
Stefanie

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