amidst the chaos, we have been homeschooling for a few weeks now. in reality, we are catching up on last year’s math, writing and language arts. we never quite finished up our curriculum from the 2010 year, so, we are hitting it hard right now to get things “caught up” so to speak.
but, we are living in chaos. i would take a picture of it, but let’s just say, if you showed up on my doorstep right now, i would come out on the porch to talk with you rather than let you in our home.
we are a mess! every two weeks, i frantically clean for 2 solid days while we get the house ready for our small group. and even then it isn’t that clean. the clutter is overtaking me!
a lot of it stems from the inability of my children (and my husband, bless him) to put their things away when they are done with them. and my inability to make them (the kids, not the hubby) .
so we are embarking on a few new things to get the house cleaned up. i am going to start training the kids to clean! i know, i know. this is not a new topic for most of you reading this (does anyone read this?)...but i guess i have always just done things myself because it is easier.
and i don’t have to redo anything (usually).
But... NO MORE!!
every month i will train each child on one age appropriate chore. i think this is do-able. rather than try to eat the whole darn elephant, ya know? that way, each child will be proficient in one chore each month and we will slowly build up responsibility in each of them.
a much needed character trait.
my character will be stretched also. i have very little patience with my children when it comes to teaching them how to clean up after themselves. i know that i am going to have to learn how to hold my tongue and not blow my top when they don’t do as i have instructed or if it needs to be done over.
or if they decide to use the broom as a rifle and the sponge as a missile.
i have boys, remember?
and so, i am coming up with a short list of chores for the kids to do. as i look around the house, the major areas of need are the kitchen, bathrooms and dining room. no surprise as we do most of our schooling in the kitchen and dining room. laundry is also a HUGE need as things collect in various piles: clean, unclean, folded but unfolded by moose, sorted and need to be put away, etc.
i am still contemplating who is going to get what chores, but i thought i would share this for now.
wish me luck!!