The main reason it has taken me this long to get this bag done is that I have been doing lesson plans! We had "box day" a couple weeks ago and got all of our school stuff for this year. Aaron was SOOOO excited and he is asking me every day how long it is until we can start school. I cleared off the shelf that I had all my cookbooks on, got rid of a ton of cookbooks, and am now using that shelf for our school stuff. Doesn't it look nice??
It is taking me a while to get the plans done because I am the type of person who has to see the whole thing layed out to even begin. Also, I am taking the core curriculum (science, social studies, Bible, and read aloud books) for one year and stretching it into 1 1/2 years. I am doing that for the first two cores so that we will do two in three years so that after that, I will be able to have Aaron and Ethan do the same core and just add grade level appropriate language arts and math. Anyway, that means that I have to take the plans that came with it for 36 weeks and fit them into a 54 week schedule. Then I have to add the reading, language arts, and math into the first 36 weeks, since I am not stretching these things. And of course, I have to add other stuff like German and crafts because I like to complicate things. Confussed yet?? I think I finally have it figured out and now all I have to do is plug it all into my schedule template in MS Excell so I can print it and see it all each week.
Another cool thing is that I am reading three 19th century American novels for a lady in my church. She is using them for her daughter's 8th grade literature this year and asked me to read them and come up with writing prompts for her - and she is paying me to do it. It is fun to do something that I used to do all the time when I was teaching and something on a more advanced level than I've dealt with since staying home. It is also great to get paid to read!! With this, planning, and finishing up the house projects list I started working on a few weeks ago, I have kept really busy. Sorry it has kept me away from here. Hopefully I have things balanced now and can do it all!