Last night, I was up until 4:15am and then slept until 8:30am. Because I’m an idiot. Because I didn’t bit off MORE than I can chew (I did finally grow out of that) but I have bitten off ALL that I can chew.
At the moment… I have no idea how I’m going to make it to Sunday…
Continue reading I’m every woman… and we are all tired right now
Since executive function is the major goal for my students this year, it seems only right that I practice what I’m preaching. I’m usually pretty good but I found a new tool to incorporate into MY year to help make it even better and be sure I don’t let something major fall off my radar…
Continue reading Simple tips to keep you really focused this year
You all realize that this is a JOURNEY, right? None of us has it all figured out. I’m on year 10 of homeschooling and so help me–every year is a learning experience for ME. Every year since I’ve started this blog, you will see a list of “resources” that went largely unused. The best laid plans, right? So how am I tackling this year? Here ya go…
Continue reading It’s here! It’s here! The new school year!
It’s the hot phrase these days, isn’t it? “Executive function”. What does that even MEAN, right? Literally it means “all of the skills needed to execute tasks to meet goals in life”. And guess what? My BigGuy doesn’t have any. Seriously…
Continue reading A year to focus on executive function
Easily 2-3 years ago, I wrote a blog entry on how ludicrous I thought it would be that I could meditate and where that little experiment landed me. I had studied the effects of various types of mediation on some pretty heavy-hitting health challenges; but I never really saw the purpose in using it as a daily practice for “the rest of us”.
Now I realize that focused meditation (the kind that uses a mantra) is a huge help for those with anxiety. It effectively teaches you how to control your thoughts so that they don’t run away with you–causing an anxiety or panic attack. I found focused meditation was also profoundly helpful to my clients that “couldn’t turn their brain off” at night–often falling asleep with the TV on so that they could distract their brain with nonsense to fall asleep.
My next little experiment is going to be on my BigGuy. I’ve wanted to do this before and even tried, but I’m Queen Inconsistency and never managed to get him on track for more than (literally) a day. Now, I have to do this for myself and I’m going to pull him along with me–hoping it will prove useful in him being able to control his thoughts and stay more focused. He’s been on board for this for a long time because HE doesn’t like being distracted, but he can’t control it. As a result, he also can’t manage to get on top of the practice on his own.
So I encourage you to consider this if you or your children have anxiety, distraction or even just a hard time falling asleep each night. Make sure you are focusing on a mantra during your practice. The link to my business blog entry above will give you great starting points (free ones!).
Do you already meditate? Do you use a mantra?
It’s the word that no new homeschooler wants to hear: “deschooling”. Sometimes confused with “unschooling” and regarded with the same disdain and disgust to the newly transitioning… but this little word can change the trajectory of your homeschool experience. Continue reading The truth about deschooling that will blow your mind
Girly isn’t doing much. #fail
BigGuy is doing too much.
Here’s the rundown… Continue reading What we’re ACTUALLY doing…
The picture says it all folks. Summer camp. A joy so genuine that it is worth the fortune of money paid, the hours in the cars, the dislocated workplaces of the parents, and the jumbling of task management at home to accommodate All Of The Joy.
What kind of summer camps provide the faces you see above, you ask?
Continue reading Summer camp
… this Mama’s college coursework started. Which you can see affected my writing/posting… Because I’m human and I have a lot to do, y’all.
My undergraduate and graduate degree are in non-science majors and I am now undertaking another Master degree in a science-related field. That means taking a handful of science prerequisites. It’s been a while since Mama has been in school (not THAT long) and it didn’t occur to me that summer session effectively takes a 16-week semester and crams it into 8 weeks.
Continue reading While you were busy with June…
We are ending our sixth year of homeschooling. For the first 1-2 years, I waffled between scheduled and notsomuch scheduled when it came to academics. If not for all our moving, I might have tried to find a schedule that worked until I gave up. Instead, I threw my hands up and said “He’s ahead–I’m not gonna worry about it”.
But we’ve entered a new phase of life…
Continue reading Scheduled unschooling… I’m serious