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Week 8 (2015) Schedules and Curriculum Switch

Week of March 2nd-6th

My two youngest boys seem to have a lot of time on their hands. A huge reason for this is because their waiting for me.
Many of their subjects they can’t do unless I give some instruction or they just plain don’t know what to do.

I know they need a planner of some sort where I can write what they need to do. Even with that it’s hard because they struggle with reading and therefore can’t do their Heart of Dakota school until I am available.

So for now I have switched some of their subjects to PACEs. I know, I know, it’s completely different than what they were using and I agree but they need to get school done.

What I’ve been doing is writing in a notebook everything they need to complete daily. I read from another blogger of a great way for the kids to know what they need to do everyday.

She wrote everything in a notebook. I thought, hey, I can do this. Each night I write the next days work with a little check-off box. Ethan and Lance check the box when they complete the work.

At the end of the day I go through and see if they completed the assignments.
Simple, inexpensive, and very effective.

It really has been working beautifully here. Ethan commented that he really likes it because he knows what he’s suppose to do.
Its been great to see him completing his school work.

The PACEs have been a great move for us. I purchased a grade level below the boys grade. I did this so they can read them more easily. My goal is to have them read more as well as get school done. With Ethan and Lance my goal is to sit and listen to them read a passage from at least one PACE, then they can complete the questions on their own.

I don’t sit with them for each PACE so having the boys work at a grade level below gives them the confidence to do the work on their own.
With Heart of Dakota I plan to use the books as read alouds and to have them to narrations.

It’s been so crazy here the past few weeks with the public schools closing during the freezing days and snow days. Having the PACEs has really kept the boys on track. Especially when their cousins have been visiting during the days when they didn’t have school.

We wrapped up week 8!


  1. I've enjoyed your blog for years, already. I get them by email, and only now realized I never left a comment.
    We've tried HOD, but it was too much work for us. We're using AO now, and are very happy.

  2. Helena, thank you so much for your comment and thanks for reading my blog.

    I'm glad you found something that works as well. I've heard great things about AO.

    Again, thank you for visiting! :)

  3. Homeschooling is a juggling act! We are going back to HOD next year for Daughter E - getting back on the history cycle. We've had an amazing year with FIAR and everything went so well.


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