Although I am typically pretty ambivalent about watching sporting events, I do get pretty excited about watching the Olympics. When it only comes around once every four years it feels like something worth rearranging schedule for (well, sort of once every two years if you count any Olympics…but of course once every four years until the same season repeats!). The last time we watched the Summer Olympics, we only had two kids! Mr. E was not quite a year and a half old!
As much as I am excited about watching, I know I will spend waaaay more time in front of the TV than usual during the two weeks of the games. I decided to make the most of it by thinking of ways I can multi-task while watching. Given that we are speeding closer and closer to the start of the new school year, this seems like an ideal time to make some preparations!
1. Binding artwork and samples of last year’s work with my Proclick Binder. Zip, Zip back and forth with the binding machine, then feed the punched paper onto proclick spines. Mindless, and perfect to do while watching TV. Getting ready for next year means getting cleaned up from last year, too!
2. Print out the first several Animal ABC until from 1plus1plus1equals1.com for Mr. K. Laminate and cut where needed. While I am really very relaxed about preschool and don’t feel the need to follow a curriculum per se (I am not sure it is really even that high of a priority for Mr. K to learn all his letters this year!) — I know he is interested in letters and will want some “school stuff” to do while his big siblings are hard at work.
3. Prepare cursive copywork pages for Miss M. I decided to ditch A Reason for Handwriting level D (which I had originally planned for this year), and focus instead on copywork more directly related to Bible, history and other areas Miss M will be studying. I think i can handle some copying and pasting of Bible verses while watching the athletes. Then I can get the Proclick back out and bind those together too!
4. I might print and prep some Kindergarten Packs from 1plus1plus1equals1 and Kindergarten Kits from homeschool share for Mr. E — this would be fun supplemental stuff for him to do if he needs something “extra”.
5. Consider a Calendar notebook of some sort for Mr. E and Miss M to do this year. I have a pinterest board with ideas for this. I am not 100% convinced I want to go this route, but if I decide to do, it this would be the perfect chance to prepare.
6. Organize the multitude of free downloaded homeschool products I have on two different hard drives, plus files I have stored at Currclick, Scholastic, etc but have never downloaded. It’s hard to make use of free/cheap files when you don’t even know what you have. This has been on my to-do list for a while. Maybe now I’ll finally get to it!
7. Once I have those files organized, maybe I will get ahead on printing out a few things I’m pretty sure we’ll use this year. It would be nice to have some history and science printables ready to go!
8. Find great stuff to pin to my new Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding (BFSU) Pinterest Boards. These are a group effort, but I want to add more quality content.
9. Work on my US History Year 1 spreadsheet — I want to link more of the books in my file to their amazon pages to make them easier for anyone else to find the same books!
10. Finish putting together my planner for this next year. I have it started, but it’s not done yet.
Maybe I could even write a blog post or two while I am watching the Olympics. Maybe. I’m not so sure about that. 🙂 And that’s not going to help me (very much anyway) to get ready for the next school year! (So no, that’s not #11 on my list!). 😉
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