We officially have our first week of homeschool down in the books. It is something I am always anxious about and not quite knowing how it will go, but it always turns out in the end, which is good for me!
The week started off strong, the kids were ready to start school. Monday morning we started off with circle time – in order to include Lucy in part of our schooling. It is an easy way to start the day. We lay out a blanket, I pray over our day, we read a Bible story together (the kids decided we should alternate days), we sing a song or two (think itsy-bitsy spider and row row row your boat), and then check the weather outside. By the end of the week, Lucy had created a song to alert everyone that it is circle time “circle, circle, circle, circle” while she spreads the blanket out on the floor…all day. It was very cute though!
After circle time we do our most difficult tasks first. For Jack it is reading, and for Emma it is math. Jack can read just fine for his level, but he prefers to read Transformer Rescue Bots books over the readers that I give him.
We then finish our seatwork which consists of math, reading, writing, and spelling (for Emma). At this point we need a break, so we turn to my favorite way to break up the day – Cosmic Kids Yoga. Even Lucy is getting in on it now, very cute.
Next is all the read alouds – history, science, and whichever book we are reading.
My hope was to be able to complete all of this work before lunch time. That is how it worked last year. But, I underestimated how much time I would need to work individually with Emma and Jack. I am used to mainly working with Emma, and then a little bit of work with Jack. But, having them both need help every day this week…we were not finishing school until 2!
Of course, by the end of the week, I knew that I had already planned too much work for us, and I will know better for next week. And I was pleased to accomplish all that we did. The kids slept well all week, I think because I was working them to the bone!
The evenings were spent at the football field running around in the sprinkler, and mainly getting rid of all the extra energy.
I am definitely going to take some time to consider how much I expect everyone to accomplish throughout the day. I’m happy I have the opportunity to re-work our schedule and to lighten the load a bit – a huge benefit of homeschooling.
I am actually quite excited about the year. The kids did “first day of school” interviews, and I expected that I would have to help them, they did them completely on their own, wrote out their own answers and everything. I was very impressed. My favorite part was when they read their interviews to me.
“What is one thing you want to do this year?”
Emma: “I want to read 19 books!”
Sounds like the start of a very good homeschool year to me!
Are your kids getting ready to go back to school? Or have they started already? What are they most excited about in the new school year?