Homeschool Journey Week 27: Character Training

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What a gorgeous week!  Forget spring fever, I’m ready for summer.  It’s so great pulling out the shorts and flip flops in March, love it!  Any homeschooling parents out there do their schooling outside this week?  We most definitely couldn’t resist that idea.  Breathing in the fresh air and taking in the sunshine just helps make learning more enjoyable.  I wish we could do it every day.

Homeschool Week 27

As you can see in the title, “Character Training” was a big part of our homeschooling week.  We most definitely needed it considering my husband was gone on a business trip the entire week.  Not a big deal right?  It is if it’s the first time ever being a part that long.  Wow, I don’t know how families do it.  So exhausting.  Because of this change behaviors kind of took a nasty turn.  I know it’s because the girls missed their daddy but my goodness, ugh something needed to be addressed.

We did do our normal learning off and on throughout the week but the main focus was on character training.  I even had the girls act out scenarios on different situations the wrong way and then the right way.  This seemed to really do the trick in some cases.    Because we have all girls, the drama and emotions can sometimes be at an all time high which can be overwhelming at times, I am sure many of you can relate haha.  There is usually a lot of whining, tattling, etc., so because of this I developed a red flag system.  Well, okay it’s just a red sheet of construction paper I place on the book shelf for them to see, but you get the idea. Here is how this red flag/red paper system works.  When one of the girls (mainly my two oldest soon to be 9 and 5.5), have a problem with one of their sister’s no matter what it is, they go over to the book shelf, grab the red paper, and walk over to me holding it up for me to see.  This way I know something is wrong and we can work it out.  Honestly, this has been working out great!  They even catch themselves getting ready to yell, scream, kick, whatever and run and grab the sheet.  We are able to work things out in a calm manner.  I hope this system holds for quite sometime until it encourages them to work things out on their own.

I am currently searching for character training curriculum’s or studies so if you know of any please feel free to share.  I would like to make character training a big part of our curriculum next homeschool year.  Also, while I am thinking about it, what Spanish curriculum is your family currently using, if any and what are the pros and cons of it?  I am also researching this for the next homeschool year.

Next week we will be jumping right back into our academics at full speed.  I am currently getting ready to order our next year’s curriculum for 4th and 1st grade!  Pretty excited about that.

Enjoy the weather and have a blessed weekend everyone!

~Happy Homeschooling