1. Ouiz –
    You hit the nail on this one!

    Having SELF-discipline helps everyone else’s discipline!

    (and knowing what breakfast is BEFORE going to bed helps a lot too -like you mentioned in another post.)

    Excellent reminder!

    (BTW – our curriculum looks a lot like yours – excepting LC II – that’ll be January 🙂 )

  2. Beth, you ARE???? I can’t help but be excited over this!!! Dang… if you were down here, you could join our merry little gang that is just starting up. Most of the women have kindergarteners, so your daughter would have plenty of HS playmates!

    I’m sure your parish has an EXCELLENT HS group, though.

    Therese, my hope and prayer is that I can say in mid-November… or late February… we are STILL making it to the table at 9:00 am! I am not the organized person I have dreams of being, and I know it’s going to be WAAAAAAY too easy to slip back into old habits.

    SCG, YOU, on the other hand, are that kind of organized person I aspire to be! I think (gulp) I’m going to have to be accountable to you on this one. I’m really going to HATE calling you and confessing that I’m back into the ol’ 10:30 routine!

    BTW, THANK YOU for the brilliant advice that I could, in fact, get on cathswap and buy EXTRA COPIES of books. See? God brings friends like you into my life, because these thoughts are just NOT GOING TO HIT ME unless someone gently carries me through the logic… *grin*

    My children thank you greatly!

  3. Ouiz –

    Glad to be of help! Got the books in hand yet?

    Miss you bunches!

    Should I call and check up on you at 9am? No, wait, that would become a distraction! I won’t do that! I’ll call during my lunchbreak 🙂

  4. I didn’t start home schooling my daughter until 9th grade! We are coming into grade 11 now. I was TERRIFIED & OVERWHEMED at first – High School and that – but, prayer really made it work!

    The tight sched thing was ok for about 1 month – then it was her temper and my anger, which slowly evolved into her maturity growing by getting up at 6am to school in grade 10, and me walking around (to this day) in my husband’s robe & slippers until everyone has sufficiently loaded up my kitchen sink and then I tidy myself, and maybe grade her papers within the same week. We model our curriculum largely from Our Lady of Victory Catholic Homeschool, with the only exception to a Catholic course being Jay M. Wile Science, because there is no catholic Science to date. We are not happy – but it is a good series, and I think I’ will write him to tell him I believe he would make a good Catholic!!!

    Our goals are more lofty for September – it happens to all of us at one time or another – and it does get better! Most importantly – it gets done. Be relieved; You are in good company.

  5. We’ll start school in few weeks, and I am going to use some version of your timer idea.

    We are morning people here and supposedly start at 8:00, but I get back from walking the dog at about 7 or 7:15. Add a little email or dilly dallying, plus shower, etc. and I am never ready on time. Even if the bigger kids start without me, they’re doing all their independent work (of course), when it is better to start the day together and move to independent subjects later.

    SO, this timer idea will be good for disciplining ME. I’ll need to set it to go off 10-15 minutes ahead of our actual start time so I’ll be able to scramble through the most important last minute tasks. Otherwise I think I won’t drop everything when the bell goes off. I’ll be surprised and unprepared.

    Anyway, THANKS for the idea! Simple but effective.

  6. Adrienne, you were brave to jump into HSing in the high school years! Goodness! Thankfully, I’ve had all this time to “warm up” to the idea before I actually get there!

    Barbara, my hat’s off to you for getting BACK from walking the dog at 7:00 AM! I hate to admit it, but I am not even up at 7. (oh, the shame!)

    May both of you have a successful homeschooling year!!

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