Classical Conversations with a Newborn

She's so pretty.

So, we're about 3 weeks into this newborn lifestyle, and we're reintroducing our school subjects slowly. But we can't do the same things we were doing before Noemi was born. Life is different, but not in a bad way. For these first few weeks, we need some "couch homeschooling" while we all get healed and adjusted.

Noemi has a fun night-owl schedule going on, where she cluster feeds from 8 or 9 at night until midnight. After this cluster feeding, she'll only get up during the night once or not at all. The kids get up promptly at 7 in the morning. My nights aren't quite long enough yet for me to be able to get through the day without a nap. Thankfully, the two littles are usually ready for a nap in the afternoons with me.

My body is still not quite back to normal either. I guess after 4, it takes 4 weeks to get back to normal? (Here's hoping anyway.) I've also been taking things very slowly, trying not to push myself, etc. etc. Plus I had some problems in the first week with painful breastfeeding, besides all of the time it takes for a body to be knit back together after a birth.

All that to say, sitting at the school table (on a hard chair, ouch!) for hours each day has not been a priority (or even possible!). But we do still need some school work being accomplished. So what have we been doing?

We didn't do any school the first week. The second week, we did our CC memory work and some reading. The third week, we've been doing math again too. Next week, we'll add spelling. Reintroducing one subject each week works for me. We'll get back to normal school work later; for now, here's what we're doing:

I signed up for Khan Academy for math. The kids love it! And it frees me up too. If they need help, we can do this math on the couch, and I don't need any hands. They get to play "games" on the computer and I can count it as a math lesson. And it's all free!

For CC memory work, I signed us back up with CC Connected. The kids can again use the computer to sing the songs and review on the Tutorials. Easy for me!

For our history notebooks, I printed off the rest of the weeks pages for our notebooks before Noemi was born. We did get behind, but we're slowly catching back up. The kids also love listening to Mystery of History audiobooks. We'll turn that on during naps for me and the littles, and the bigs can do Legos while listening.

Reading is, of course, easy with Librivox. We listened to Sleepy Hollow, and we're still listening to Uncle Remus Stories. We have this book from the library too, so they can read along as they listen.

And then, next week, we'll add spelling. Have you ever heard of Spelling City? We'll try that out, using our Spalding word lists. The kids can practice handwriting on their own too.

We also do yoga for the kids. I found these awesome videos on Youtube that all three kids love watching and doing. It gives them some exercise and entertainment while I am otherwise involved, instead of just turning on a show for them to watch. (And just to be honest, they also get to watch plenty of shows right now because there are many hours in each day, but this gives us another option.)

I do still have to be available to teach, but these things don't require as much from me as our usual schedule. We can all sit on the (soft) couch without books to balance or pencils to drop. My hands are free for baby care. We'll eventually get back to our normal school work, but this helps get us through these weeks without feeling like a failure or getting too far behind. And it gives the big kids things to do while I'm taking care of baby and toddler and Mommy.

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  1. You do what you have to do. Your kids are still getting more one on one than they could ever get in a public school. A teacher can't do that with 25-30 students in a class. I know because I have almost 30 years in the public system before I retired.

  2. I am going to check out your math link! That would be great for those busy times for us too... We are visiting with our family off and on this month so our homeschooling is now more like "social studies" :) One of the blessings of homeschooling is the flexibility!

    Thanks for taking the time to link up with the Art of Home-Making Modays amidst your busy mommy schedule :)

    1. I agree! I love the flexibility of homeschooling. But it's always nice to have something in your back pocket to keep the kids entertained and stimulate some brain muscles at the same time. My kids treat the computer like a Nintendo (showing my age there). So any thing they can do on the computer is a game, even math and spelling! Thanks for hosting the link up JES, and for reading!

  3. Jennifer...I remember those days of having young ones to teach while a baby was in our midst. Those seasons we made it work how we could. I enjoyed reading what you do. I know other moms will be encouraged. Thank you for sharing at Monday's Musings.

    1. Thanks Naomi, it's a sweet time that goes far too quickly!


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