Back to School Monday

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Today we are back to school after a fleeting summer break.

So far we have spent the last 3 hours on a Giant! Math! Hissy Fit! brought on when I chirped we would be cutting back on our workbook pages and doing a Fun! Math! Activity! instead.

Last year I found a great (FREE) website with math drills – Math is Fun.

See? SEE? It even says FUN in the name! Don’t you wanna have fun, you little turkey butt?


He actually said he’d rather do flash cards than Math is Fun. (Flashcards which he announced I could make myself. Obviously.)

I mean, come ON.

He also suggested maybe I could find a better, FUNNER math website.

Sure, I’ll get right on that.

Which I did, grudgingly.

After sifting through tons of math TWADDLE, which I did not even realize existed, I finally found another terrific math website that he DOES like – even though it’s practically THE EXACT SAME as the first one, EXCEPT this one costs EIGHTY DOLLARS A YEAR.

I swear.

It looks like a great site with a HUGE variety of drills from Pre-K – 8th. I told him we’d sign up for a one-month trial to see how we liked it. Because I am a Super! Sucker! Homeschool Mom!

I even braved my husband’s basement lair and emerged victorious with a teeny-tiny mouse that fits his hand perfectly.

It’s now 2:00 in the afternoon.

I have not checked anything off my shiny new schedule.  It’s the first day, and I’m already behind.

And I’m wondering if taking my kids through the liquor store drive-thru would be wrong.

What’s that? Oh, sorry.

I mean HOMESCHOOLING IS AWESOME! We sang hymns for one hour this morning, then we baked cakes for the elderly, and this afternoon we will be making dioramas depicting the entire works of Homer! Which we read in the original Greek!



22 Responses to “Back to School Monday”

  1. Rose Says:

    I will be in your shoes in 20 days, 15 hours, 28 minutes and 27 seconds…….

  2. Helena Says:

    Okay, this is so so funny, not just because it’s so, so, funny, but because my kids REALLY did NOT like the second “Better, Funner” website. Way too much repetition for them. They couldn’t stand it. Blergh for them. Patooey! they said. Whereas those math drills, which they did for 5-10 min a day and not every day, they got right into. They actually made a massive difference for my boy who didn’t know his times tables, and then, he did.

    Weird huh? And it makes me laugh. Not just your story, which made me laugh as hard as always (and Deb, you truly have a Gift, my friend), but the whole journey we go through. Finding, seeking, hunting, keeping an eye out always for Stuff that might fit our kids, Stuff that will engage them, Stuff they might love. And then, that thing might fit one kid, miraculously, beautifully, but the other (or others) might look at it and go:Blurgh! Patooey!

    And so we take a deep breath (with or without the drive through liquor) and start hunting and gathering again. Homeschool IS awesome! Yeah, you go, Deb! Excellent work there with the Homer! I couldn’t be prouder. 🙂

  3. Kathleen King Says:

    How did you convince the little darlings it was time for the first day of school? And did one of your budding concert pianists accompany the hymn singing?

  4. Deb Says:

    HAH! Yes, we are on our way to Carnegie Hall as soon as we compete in the Olympics.

  5. Tressa Says:

    Thank you for being real! LOL! Thank God I still have a month before we have to go again.

  6. Melanie Says:

    Have you seen Khan Academy? My kids aren’t interested (they Fear Change), but it’s fairly nifty.

    By the way, we’re planning a two-week break in August, and instead of looking forward to the vacation, I’m dreading the 15th. Because homeschooling sucks. Gotta go – it’s Christian Hymn Time.

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  8. Sarah Says:

    Funny! That happens in our house too. Here is a great worksheet website: Not an interactive site, but very useful for printing out worksheets. I print out math drill sheets to use almost everyday.

  9. Charlotte Says:

    We’re starting NEXT WEEK. And, like you, we will be behind from the start! I mean… we will also be baking cakes for the infirm while quoting scripture.

  10. Alice Says:

    Oh lord. We are on our 4th week and today was the worst day ever. I feel your pain and would like to know where that drive up liquor store is…..

  11. SaraB Says:

    Hey Deb, I got the McGuffey readers yesterday……yay. I am dreading school like never before. This will be my first year doing serious school with two kids. Two kids with conflicting personalities, conflicting learning styles, kicking eachother under the kitchen table. Good times.

    Oh, and you can totally take them through the drive through liquor store. Afterall, that is where they sell all of the “cooking alcohol”. You know, the cooking tequilla. That Mommy doesn’t drink. Because drinking is a dangerous road to start down. I just polished off a bottle of “cooking” champagne the other night, purchased with my kids in the back seat. Is it sad that I am totally not making that up??

  12. Julie Says:

    LOL Thanks Deb I needed this! We start back next week on a limited basis and then full swing first week of August. Tuesday is another day! Oh and it’s very nice that you spent the morning singing hymns, but shouldn’t they be composing their own music by now? Just a (sarcastic) thought.

  13. Mnkristy Says:

    I really feel your pain as I sit on the deck by the lake enjoying the sunshine and water sports.

  14. Sara Says:

    Ummm, your liquor store has a drive through?

  15. SaraB Says:

    Your liquor store doesn’t have a drive through? How terribly inconvenient!

  16. Tina H. Says:

    Oh, my goodness, you always make me laugh! I have my own curriculum “horror story” to describe; I’m going to have to make sure I make it funny like yours. :^)

  17. The Lumberjack's Wife Says:

    Ok, just spent some time looking at your freezer cooking stuff and I am inspired! 🙂 Can you freeze the pizza dough or is that just one to make that night? Thanks for all the help and info you have sent me. Can’t wait to get organized! 🙂

    My kids will be learning Latin this year . . . so there.

  18. Ashley Rosen Says:

    I would have been at the liquor store by noon. And taking your kids through the drive-through is fine — you just either 1) spill a fragrant, hot order of McDonald’s French fries just a l-i-t-t-l-e bit out of their reach in the backseat, so they don’t look up as you receive your order; or 2) tell them it’s costume day and dress them up like ghosts (just make the eye holes a wee bit too small). Happy to help.

  19. Michelle Says:

    Ack!!! We’re starting next week. I’m going to pretend I didn’t just read that.

    la-la-la-la-la-la-la . . . .

    And when my kid throws her own math hissy fit (she’s already practicing, by the way, and letting me know that she WILL throw said hissy fit), I will remind her that YOUR kids read Homer. In Greek. So there.

    And then we shall frolic through the meadow together.

  20. tracey Says:

    That last paragraph was perfect. You are INSANE. I cannot imagine doing school right now. There are too many neighborhood kids knocking on our doors.

  21. Diane Says:

    Oops, pressed the wrong button or something. I was trying to finish up with my daughter’s favorite phrase, “Are you trying to kill me”. Isn’t school fun.

  22. Cheryl B. Says:

    I LOVE reading your posts! When I read you, it’s like reading how I think. That is either fabulous or really, super scary. I happen to think it’s funny. FYI, I was obsessed with the Anthony Weiner scandal too and text my husband my funny puns all day long. Nobody even thinks about it anymore. Sigh. Thanks for always making my day! Cheryl