Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Day in the Life of a Homeschool Mom: Our Morning Routine!

I haven't written a post like this one in a long time, but I'm thrilled to do so and honestly I think it's going to be a regular post around here on Ali's Bookshelf. I've been wanting to share more of my life with you and this is going to be a way I can do just that. As most of you know I'm now a Homeschool Mom! My son is autistic and the public schools where I live aren't really open to him going to their schools enough for him to learn. (Yes, that's putting it lightly!) Anyway, I want to share how our day goes on a typical homeschool day with you, for now I'm going to share what a typical morning is like here at our house. Later on I'm going to do another post with our afternoon routine, but for now let's get to our morning.

When I say typical, that means a day where there aren't too many melt downs and we actually get all our work done. Because let's face it there are going to be those days where this doesn't actually happen and the way I would love our day to go doesn't go as planned. Anyway, it's time to walk you through our mornings.

So in the morning I usually have to get up around 6:05 to get my daughter up and off to school. My daughter still goes to public school, though that might change next year. I make sure she gets up and go get dressed myself. Brush my teeth and do all that jazz. After that I fix myself something to eat while she's getting ready to head out to catch the bus. She likes to eat breakfast at school so normally she just grabs a granolla bar or a muffin to eat on the bus.

After she's on her way to school, I have the rest of the early morning to get my day started. Normally I put away any dishes that were washed the night before and start making breakfast for my son. He usually wakes up around 8:30 AM and eats his food. We try start our school day normally around nine or nine thirty in the morning. Some days I'll be honest we don't start our day till around ten, another perk of homeschool.

We usually start off with the Pledge of Allegence. I'm really big on this, I think it's the way we should start off our day. Public schools don't really do this anymore, but here at our homeschool we do. I bought a small flag that sits on our kitchen table. As soon as that is done, we mark off our day of the year. We are doing a count down where we mark off our days that we have completed. As soon as all of that is done and he's ate his breakfast we start our Morning Basket work, which consists of a few weekly studies and our daily work. Below is what's on our list for this week.

Daily Growth Mindset Journal
President Study
Word of the Week 
Element Study
State of the Week 
Spelling Words (We just go over these in the morning) 

After we get all of that done, my son usually needs about a 15 minute break. He's autistic so giving him breaks is a must. Another reason why homeschool really works for him. During those 15 minutes or so, I usually put a load of laundy into the washer and fold the load that's in the dryer. (The part of my day that I hate, but is a must. I try to do one load a day! Yep I said try...)

As soon as those fifteen or so minutes are over we get back to work. Right now we are still trying to figure out our schedule, but we are getting closer to really honing in on it. We do use a loop schedule for certain subjects, but I'm thinking about changing it up a bit when the new year starts. Anyway, after our morning basket material, we do our daily reading and independent reading.

We are having a lot of fun reading together and right now we are reading The Indian in the Cupboard. One of my all time favorite books when I was his age. I must also add that while I'm reading, he's usually doing something fun with his hands. Either playing with his legos or coloring. This helps him listen to what I'm reading plus gives him something to do and keeps his mind from wondering. Then after we read a chapter or so in that book he picks a book from either our library books or a book off his own bookshelf to read himself in his room for about twenty minutes.  Sometimes he also goes up to my Mom's house and picks a book to read to her. This helps build his reading confindence.

When he was in public school they told me several times that he couldn't read. This kid loves to read, but they weren't letting him read the type of books that he loves. Graphic novels are a great way to get younger boys to read and that's the type that my little man has always loved. His new favorite is the Sonic the Hedgehog ones we found at the library the other day. Speaking of the library we do go to the library once a week. It's usually on Mondays.

After reading, we take another ten to fifteen minute break, again it's something he needs. At this time I'm usually doing another chore that I need to finish for the day. Either answering emails, something from my Fly Lady list, or working on a blog post. Then after all of that, we do our daily chores. My son's major chore is to make sure his room is cleaned up. But right now we are re-doing his room, so mainly all he has to do is pick up his toys and make sure there isn't anything in the living room that belongs in his room. Pretty simple morning rountine if you ask me and that's exactly what we need. Simple is best when it comes to us.

If you would like to know in more detail about any of our Morning Basket, please let me know in the comments below. I would love to do a post about each of our items. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Teaser Tuesday #154

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.

Mom lost her job today. Maybe that's not quite the right word. Lost makes it sound like, if we just looked hard enough, her job would turn up somewhere, maybe under a sofa cushion or in the back of a drawer.

Scholastic sent me this one a few weeks ago and I'm so excited to read this one. I love the sound of it and honestly I love the way the book is put together. Each month of the book has a title cover like the main cover. It's so pretty.

Monday, November 19, 2018

If We Were Having Coffee...

I saw this awesome post over at The Perpetual Page Turner and fell in love with the post idea. I knew right away that I had to do the same over here on the blog as well.  I'm pretty sure she got the idea from a life coach named Ashley from a blog called Awesome Life. I really hope they don't mind that I'm jumping on the bandwagon and posting my own as well. 

So today here on the blog, I'm going to do just that, tell you exactly what I'd tell you if we were sitting down together having a cup of coffee or in my instance a cup of hot chocolate. Okay you caught me I don't drink coffee and I know people are going to be stunned and wonder why not so don't send out the horde of people with pitchforks after me. For right now let's just sit down and have a chat. Don't forget to grab your drink of choice! 

If we were having coffee... I would tell you that this past weekend was my daughters birthday and we got to spend Saturday together having a blast. We went out to lunch at Olive Garden, which she had never been and once there she told me she was in heaven. LOL. Then we were shopping at the mall, but the best part of the day was that we went to see the new Crimes of Grindleward movie and it was so good!  I'd probably have to explain to you that the night before my daughter was born I was actually at a Harry Potter movie premere and we are carrying  on said tradition with the new Harry Potter themed movies on her birthdays! 

If we were having coffee... I would tell you all about how our homeschool life has been. I would tell you how proud I am of my son for doing 9th grade math in 6th grade and how amazed I am at how fast he's learning new things. Then I would ask you how you and your family is doing? Because I love hearing how others are doing as well.

 If we were having coffee... I would probably tell you that I'm currently reading The White Christmas Inn and loving it so far. Being the book lover that I am of course I would have to know what you're reading, mainly because I would need to know if it's a book that I've heard of or not, if not I would have to know what it's about to see if I should add it to my list.  

If we were having coffee... I would have to ask you about your Thanksgiving plans and tell you that this is the first year I'll be cooking the whole Thanksgiving dinner by myself at my house. It's not going to be some big production, mainly because it's just for my kids and myself, but I'm excited to actually cook the turkey by myself, even if it is a daunting task. Of course I would have to know if you have any tips for me, because even if I am excited I'm also freaking out inside about having to cook said turkey by myself. LOL

If we were having coffee... I would tell you all about my 10 days away from social media and how it impacted my life. It's crazy how much 10 days can change your thoughts and feelings about something.  I more than likely would dare you to do the same thing. 

If we were having coffee... I would have to discuss my new goals with 101 things in 1001 days. I'd tell you about a few of my goals that I am working on right now and excited I am about a few of the goals on my list. I'd probably tell you it's a little daunting as well. 1001 days isn't really that long, when you think about it. Years fly by so fast these days. 

If we were having coffee... I would also ask you if you have read Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. Have you? If you haven't it's a must read. This book has changed my life. I of course, would tell you how it changed the way I think about certain things and how it showed me that sometimes I can't control everything, even though I try.  

If we were having coffee... I would tell you how much fun it's been bringing back our Friday Family  nights.  We play board games or watch movies. It's something that I had missed. Then of course, I would ask you if you do something similar and if not I would probably tell you to try it! I learn so much about my kids on these nights. Oh and we have pizza those nights which is always a good thing! 

If we were having coffee... I'd ask about your Christmas plans or Holiday plans, (I have a few amazing friends that don't celebrate Christmas.) I love Christmas so of course I would tell you all about my decorations and what I plan to buy for my kids this year. Which is my favorite part, seeing my kids faces as they open their gifts is hands down the best part for me as a mom. 

If we were having coffee... I would tell you that I suck at read-a-thons but still love participating! I was supposed to be reading Christmas books this week and I only finished like 3. But then again it's been a crazy busy week. With my daughters birthday and homeschool, it's been non-stop around here. 

If were were having coffee... I would tell you how excited I am about the house work I'm doing at my house. We are re-doing the bedroom floors and putting in wood flooring. I can't wait, it's going to be so much easier to clean in the bedrooms! 

So the question is IF We WERE HAVING COFFEE...what would you tell me? 


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Should I Bring Back TBR Posts Here On Ali's Bookshelf

You know the drill by now, but for those that haven't been around the blog long enough, Ali Talks is a post where I get to chat about the things that are on my mind or chat about book related topics. Sometimes it's even blog related topics.
Today's topic is mainly a question that I've been thinking about for a few weeks. Should I start posting TBR posts again. At the beginning of the year I stated that I would no longer be posting TBR posts. My main reason for doing so was that I'm a mood reader and posting TBR (To be read) posts really weren't benificial to me. I never ended up reading all the books. When I was posting them I might have read one or two books on the list and then the rest I didn't. So today we are going to be talking about the pros and cons of said list. 

In the past couple of weeks, like I said above, this topic has been on my mind. I read a blog post about TBR's and why this blogger had continued to post them. Bookmark Lit is where I read the post, and I loved how she talked about being a mood reader, even though she is a mood reader she still chose to post her TBR posts. Now keep in mind that this post is a year old, she did go on to say that even though she only read a few books on the list, she still enjoyed posting and sharing what she might read. Her blog post really got me thinking and that's why I'm writing this post now.

When I posted my To Be Read posts I felt pressure to read said books, but maybe there shouldn't be said pressure. Maybe if my readers knew that I more than likely wasn't going to read the whole list that maybe I could have some fun making the posts again. But at the same time I'm wondering if that pressure to actually keep to said list would still be there. As a mood reader it's hard to say what I'm going to read and what I'm not. Lately, I've been reading so many books at once because I'm such a mood reader. One day I loving this book and then the next I'm just not in the mood for said book. So I pick up another because I really want to read something. 

I've also been wondering if maybe I just got burnt out on posting TBR's. I mean I posted them from the beginning, as soon as I started blogging I was posting TBR posts. Makes me wonder if I had just needed a break from them. But then again I posted a TBR for a challenge this year and I didn't finish said books. So I'm so torn on this subject. I don't know what to really do. I mean I could try it out, post a TBR post and see if I actually read the books, also to see if the pressure is there or not. 
I've also looked at a few of my favorite blogs and a few of them only posts seasonal To Be Read posts, I've never tried that and I'm thinking maybe if I did that and limit the number of books added to said list it might work. I'm still not sure, even after writing this post. HELP! 
If you post TBR posts, why do you post them? Do you feel the pressure to read the books you said you were going to read? Tell me your thoughts on what I should do.  

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Down the TBR Hole

I haven't posted one of these posts in a very long time, but it always helped me clear out some of the books that I no longer want to read. Anyway, this meme was created by Lost in a Story, sadly right now she's on a hiatus and isn't really posting right now. But I found the post again over at Cornerfolds blog and I knew I needed to get back to this meme!  Currently my TBR shelf on Goodreads is way over 2000 books, so I really need to work on getting that number down.

Anyway, here are the rules of Down the TBR Hole! 

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Short Stories of Love, Hope, and Laughter, Vol. I by Carlos Salinas

 At the time I remember really wanting to read this book. Don't really like the cover, but it sounded pretty good. At this time, I not really sure if I would really enjoy this one.  VERDICT: PASS

This book still sounds fantastic to me. I can't wait to read this one. This book actually was just released and it's sitting on my Kindle waiting for me. Reading the summary reminds me that I really need to bump this one up my list. VERDICT: KEEP 

This one has been on my list for awhile, it's one of those Kindle free books, but it sounds really good. Sounds like something I would enjoy reading. So I think for now I'm going to keep it where it is, but if I don't read it soon, I'm going to take it off the list. VERDICT: KEEP for now!  

Another book that's been on my list for awhile now. Honestly, I don't think I'm going to read this one. It sadly just doesn't sound as appealing as it did when I added it to my list.  VERDICT: PASS


If I'm being honest, I've already read like three other books just like this. Pretty much the same exact plot and I don't think I want to add another one to my list. Even though the others were fantastic.  I know this is terrible, but this over just kills me. VERDICT: PASS

So that wasn't too bad for the first Down the TBR Hole post in a long time. 

Total number of books deleted: 3
Total number of books kept: 2

Let me know your thoughts on these books, did I make any mistakes or should I have passed on one that I have kept? Tell me your thoughts! 


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