How in the WORLD do you homeschool FOUR children while telecommuting? Love, patience and a TON of coffee... Just in case you wanted it, here's a glimpse inside Mrs. Kastner's Klass.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The beat goes on....

I love that homeschooling is flexible... I love that we can homeschool at the hospital or homeschool at Oma's or homeschool at night.  I love that WE set our schedule... birthdays are school holidays for us... vacations don't require us to do a bunch of makeup work...  And I also LOVE that:

The beat goes on!!!  I looked outside my front window to see snow falling.  It's accumulating pretty well out here.  But guess what?  I don't have to worry.  I don't have to think CRUD!  What am I going to do if the kids get sent home early from school?  I don't have to find child care for an unexpected snow day or schedule an extra day because we had too many snow days.  I love that I can look out at the snow falling and not change a THING about my schedule... the beat goes on... In fact... I'm actually assigning MORE work due to the snowy conditions!  The only change I'm making to our schedule today is:  I'm going to assign some snow time during free time today... I'm going to endure the stress of dressing 4 children in snow clothes:  boots, snow pants, hats, mittens, and scarves (just so Hannah can have to pee after 3 minutes in the snow) because we are homeschooled and sledding and snowballs and snow play are VALUABLE skills to learn in this teacher's mind.

Happy snowy day everyone!  Hope you have a great one!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wanna know Wednesday...

This is a CRAZY question that has little to nothing do to with homeschooling, but I WANNA KNOW!

How many gallons of milk do you go through in a week? (include how many kids you have please)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wanna know Wednesday...

Here's my question of the week:

What's your favorite part of homeschooling?

(I'm answering right now. I will post the kiddos answers later.)

My favorite part is just being there.... Being there to hear Hannah recite the books of the Bible to herself... Being there to see Elijah's brain working through the window of his bright blue eyes.... Being there to feel the excitement in Jeremiah's anticipation of the next chapter of our historical novel... Being there to observe Noah's confidence grow as he learns new math concepts... My favorite part is just BEING THERE.  That's my favorite part.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A part of our schedule....

I have a four year old who nearly knows ALL the books of the Bible.  Here's how...

We start the group portion of our daily schedule at the kitchen table.  We read a chapter of the Bible.  After our Bible reading, we pray, and we stand to our feet and recite:

*Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag
*Pledge of Allegiance to the Christian Flag
*Pledge of Allegiance to the Bible

IMMEDIATELY following this, I have them recite the Books of the Bible.  We do this EVERYDAY... and guess what's happening???  Hannah is starting to say them along with the boys!!!  Guess what else???  Auntie Marge is starting to say them TOO!  AMAZING!  If you hear something often enough, you will remember it, and Hannah & Auntie Marge are starting to memorize them too!
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