Darlene Rogers

Hello Middleville my name is Darlene and I am excited to join this wonderful, informative group of caring individuals. I arrived in this area in 2004 and intend to remain as close to the coast as possible. My husband and I have been married for eight years and have a busy blended family of seven. Yes Seven! We have two daughters, three sons, a Poodle and a Rottweiler yet somehow we blend well. I guess that makes Nine! Each child participates in at least two extra- curricular activities,(athletics , social organizations or academic) which means we can tell you the best place to sit on any bleacher as well as which school has the best popcorn on the east coast. Our children range from 19 – 13 years old with completely different personalities. The oldest son is serving our country in the Army and our oldest daughter is in college. The youngest three are currently making career plans from high and middle school. Human service is my field of choice and miraculously completed a masters degree with my busy family schedule last year. I’m currently working in a Human service position with some of the best Marines and their families in the country. It is my pleasure to aide those that due to unforeseen circumstances, need a bit of assistance. My passions are spending time with my family, reading, writing, photography, sketching and cooking. I am looking forward to this new journey here in Middleville, so buckle up as we tour life as we know it.

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Let the Schooling Begin

Let the schooling begin! That phrase hasn’t been setting well with our children this past week. We are starting our third year of homeschooling and our second year of doing a year round schedule. After doing a year of a traditional nine month calendar, I had decided I wanted to try a year round schedule. Now, I’m hooked. After nine weeks of schooling, we take a three or four week break. Although our children are used to getting three months in a row off, they now like that they get extended breaks throughout the year.

We are making changes this year in our structure and work load. Last year I was more lax on Nu-nu and let her do the majority of her work in her room. Silas still had to work in the main part of the house and he preferred the sofa over the island or dining room table. Both of them had a decrease in both the amount of work they were doing and in the quality thereof. Lesson learned. I don’t believe there is a one size fits all for homeschoolers just as there are different learning styles. I have found that we were more productive and the children performed better when we had more structure.  This year the bedroom and sofa are only allowed for Literature reading time.

I am also doing more self-discipline in getting up when I should so that I can get the children up on time. We like to have our meals together as a family. Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen in the mornings if I don’t get up in time to make breakfast ready or get Nu-nu or McWilas up to cook on their day before Papa has to leave for work. That then creates the snowball effect and everyone is off and chaos can get a foothold in our day.

Do you find you need more structure to your days or do you like less and just go with the flow?

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2 Comments on “Let the Schooling Begin”

  • Sharon Knosky July 20th, 2014 4:47 pm

    Bethica, it is great to have you now on MomTalk! Even though my children are a little younger than yours, I find that structure is better. I am getting up early with my husband now and my days are much more productive because of it, but I find that if my day is more productive then so are the kids!

  • Bethica Ann Contreras July 23rd, 2014 10:22 am

    By the end of our last school year we were starting later and ending later. So far this year we are doing much better and ending our school day at a good time.

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