Homeschooling mothers who started with the CLAA when we first began in 2009 had a benefit that mothers didn’t have in 2011. Originally, Mrs. Michael (my wife) offered around-the-clock “homeschool help” for homeschooling mothers using the CLAA. Her ability to help mothers is invaluable because she’s engaged in the daily details of CLAA homeschooling. He is managing the home education and care of nine children under age 11 and faces all of the challenges that other mothers face during the day. She’s more helpful to mothers than I am…and mothers like talking to her more than me.
Beginning this evening (1/18/2012) my wife’s former services will be available again. She is excited to be back to work with full strength and eager to develop more personal relations with the CLAA mothers and get the kids rolling. She’ll be available for live chats from 9-11 pm EST as we get started and then she’ll establish a regular schedule as we get a sense of what everyone needs. You can also stay in touch with her on Facebook, where she’ll be focusing her attention. Add her as a friend at: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1590750870. She can also be reached by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I know that she is interested in hosting CLAA women’s events (weekends, retreats, family camps) here at the CLAA grounds, probably beginning in May 2012. (Children will be welcome.) Anyway…
Her first recommendation is that mothers use a daily planner that she uses for each child rather than the one I recommend. : ( She doesn’t believe that most mothers would be able to manage children as I would my own students and believes the system she uses is most effective. Therefore, I’m offering you a printable version of “Mrs. Michael’s Daily Student Planner” which is exactly what she uses with our children. She’ll be available to talk about the details with you. Here it is:
The key, she says is managing the children around scheduled times at the computer rather than obsessing over schedule “class” times. Students’ priority is to prepare for whatever lessons, quizzes, assignments or exams they will need to work on during their time at the computer and then save all of their desk work for their time away from the computer. This also allows her to keep an eye on the kids’ results, which she jots on their planners and uses to plan their next day’s tasks.
The planner also serves for helpful rewards and punishments as the morning tasks can be required to be completed before a child has recess, the afternoon tasks can be required to be completed before a child has free time in the evening. As everyone gets experience with a routine, these planners can eliminate much of a mother’s need to work with older students during the day–they can grab their list in the morning and get to work.
My wife believes that when she makes the sacrifice in the evening of laying out the children’s tasks, it is the only time they ALL make steady progress. Mothers are the only ones who can make such plans because it requires knowledge of the individual children–some can be assigned more, some need to be assigned less. All of this is learned with time.
Anyway, those are the basics. My wife will be ready to help in the evenings and she’s excited to get in regular touch with CLAA mothers as she used to be. She’s very good with daily homeschooling and she’s always got my ear and I’d recommend you work with her to improve your children’s efficiency in the CLAA and help her help me make improvements that make your work easier and better.