1. Julie Geoffrion

    I recognize Noah’s books 🙂 He and Em can compare notes lol.
    I keep my blue bic pens to myself 😉 I guard them closely.
    I love that we can fit in piano and instrument practice, french and school courses all before noon! Love the joys of homeschooling.

    • Funny you mentioned blue pens. I’ve always been an ardent fan of blue pens, but lately I’ve found myself using black more and more. Weird, eh?
      And they’re learning the rest of the day too with all the activities they do in the afternoon. The girls have been enjoying learning how to knit. It’s a bit stressful for me because I want them to just be capable already. It’s hard to let them stumble and have to start over, but I know in the end I will be so happy when they can do for themselves.

      • Julie Geoffrion

        Oh I’m the same way with Stef. She is determined to play the piano and crochet. Em is going to start giving her piano lessons (I’m paying her) and Stef can crochet a chain but she wants to do more (like circles) but I’m trying to make her understand “baby steps” 🙂

  2. Pens and pencils! Everyone knows that the little cup with the Inigo Montoya sticker on it is Mommy’s and Mommy’s Alone, and woe be unto anyone caught trying to use a pen from it without permission. Because those things sprout legs and wander whenever I’m not looking.

    Anyway, I love your idea of using a big tub for each kid! Right now all our textbooks fit on a bookshelf, but as they get older and those textbooks get thicker and thicker, I may implement that idea.

    I try to get all our schoolwork done in the morning too, and just leave piano practicing or possibly history for after lunch because I don’t have trouble convincing the kids to do those when their attention spans are no longer fresh. Just works better that way all around.

    • What’s up with pens and pencils? I find them all over the house, but when it’s time for school they’re nowhere to be seen!
      The tubs make everything so easy – except that pencils don’t seem to stay contained in them. 🙂
      Yes, we do math and grammar first while everyone is still fresh for the school day. After that it’s no problem to get the rest worked in.

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