Back in the Trenches

Back in the Trenches

It was, I guess, around three years ago that I hung up the “teacher” hat I’d worn for around 23 years, and devoted myself to being “just mom” to my 7 new littles. I learned how to schedule my day around drop offs and pick ups, how to call in sick, sign homework, and make sure everyone had shoes, socks, and uniforms ready the night before (seldom nailed that entirely, but efforts were made), and most importantly, get everyone up and ready in time every morning.

It was good for the kids to have that steady, predictable schedule, for sure. And they have benefited greatly from both the curriculum and the disciplined nature of their time at Maryvale Great Hearts, thus far.

This summer, however, given the alternative to pay a hefty fee for a couple of weeks of official summer school, or give them some tutoring at home, we decided to try doing home-summer-school to work on some foundational skills, and see how it goes.

So, first thing on the morning of June 1st, we hit the table with our little stack of books and were off and running. Our first two days have been pretty good, considering that today we had to shift our school time from morning to afternoon so I could take five of them to the dentist. Only one was negatively affected by the time switch, and I think we’ll be back on track tomorrow morning.

It’s not the same as full on home schooling with my first four, but then again, half-time school with 7 is… something new and challenging! So keep this little effort in your prayers, and I’ll update later in the summer with how our experiment has gone!

Here’s the way day one looked:

Annette Heidmann

I homeschooled four kids all the way through high school and then fostered/adopted 7 more children. I am wife to a very smart mathematician; I dabble in photography, write and sing, paint in bright colors, and love being Catholic!

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