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Welcome to my family blog. I have been married to Mike for over half of my life. I love my Savior, Jesus. I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to six terrific, interesting children. My 3 oldest were born to me in my younger years, while my 3 youngest were given to me by God in my older years. I am very blessed. ~Cheri


A School Day With Joy

When I finally get around to schooling Eva and Joy, it is usually some time after lunch.  Jack and Ivy do their school in the mornings, and I do what I can with Seth, Eva, and Joy afterward.  Now Joy can make any teacher cry, I'm sure.  Throughout my mornings, I hear from Eva, "Mom, can you tell Joy to stop ________!"  You can fill in the blank.  It happens every, single, day, without fail.  (As I'm typing this, I've heard it twice.)

Handwriting starts out with excitement for Joy.  "Okay, Joy, let's write a line of "s".  She starts writing one or two.  Then she joyfully shows me her snake-like "s" after each one she writes.  After about 5 of them, she's had enough.  Onto something else.  We are to copy the sentence, "Jan eats cake."  It seems like an innocent sentence.  Joy writes, "JAN EATS CAKE."  I then have to tell her she has to write it again because we don't use all caps.  She replies, "But, I like big letters better."  Now we are onto Math.  Imagine how long it takes Joy to write her numbers 1-30.  She doesn't just write them, she wants them in the boxes perfectly, no overlapping or anything.  In the meantime, she's half-laying on the counter, making faces at her sister, reaching over to take her pencil. "Mom, can you tell Joy to stop_________!"  Joy is learning addition.  She is supposed to color each box to represent each number.  Her boxes have to be colored to perfection, using different colors.  :Sigh:  Now, we are onto reading.  We cuddle on the sofa.  She starts messing with her socks.  She takes her book onto her lap and places her finger under each word.  Joy is learning the "Y" sound at the end of a word.  Her first word is Andy.  "Hey, just like in the movie!"  I look at her and say, "Joy, can we just read?"  Seth, who was sitting across watching all this, gets up and says, "I have to leave.  I can't take it."

I think Joy has a hard time focusing in school.  Everything we do reminds her of something else, causing her to get so side-tracked.  A lesson that should only take 20 minutes lasts twice as long with her.  But, look at that face!  It comes with a sweet, squeaky voice and a fiery temper.  She wears me out. 

5 kind words:


Bless you, I don't know how you do it all! I'm in awe and so impressed!


Oh, sweet Joy! How old is she? Maybe she's just not ready for school. I've been surprised that when I waited for my kids to be ready (which came at different ages for each of them), they learned much more easily.

Football and Fried Rice

Lol! Sounds like a homeschooling day in paradise!! Only ho,eschooling one this year feels like I'm cheating, it's so easy! I admire you with all of them, but I can also tell you I'd be WORN out :)

Open Air

I'm glad to know my students aren't the only ones who get sidetracked so easily! I know what you mean--it is exhausting! It's amazing that anything gets learned, but learn they do. :) I can tell you're a very good teacher.


Perfectionism and distractability are a taxing combination. They can really make for some long days. Caleb isn't nearly as perfectionistic with his schooling as he can be with his therapy activities. But I can surely relate. It can wear on your patience and make for a long school day, for sure. Hugs to you as you learn how best to school your precious Joy.

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