Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Our First Week of Homeschool and a Vlog

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!”
Jack: “Math.”

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?

22 comments:

  1. May the joy of learning together continue to grow as you get back into the full swing of things. Keep up the good work and may you get the sleep you need [smile]!

    ~Luke

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    1. I'm doing much better in the sleep department this week, thank you! We are really enjoying our time together and are definitely getting into the groove :-)

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  2. I've always wished I was smart enough to homeschool my son but I know I am not. He has been doing college work since 9th grade. I can't keep up.

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    1. Way to go for your son! What a great job!

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  3. My hat goes off to you. I honestly have great respect for anyone who homes schools. I'd be terrified of missing something in their education, or something similar. You're so orgainsed.

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  4. I really wish I could home school but I have to work full time. You do such an amazing job - your kiddos are so lucky to have you!

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  5. I can't blame Jack for wanting to read about Transformers instead! That sounds like my son too. Great job on the 6 week mark!

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  6. I kind of love this! I would really love to homeschool my oldest, but she really struggles to learn from me.

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  7. Wow- after reading your post, homeschooling seems like quite a lot of work- especially with two kids of different ages! It seems like there's definitely a learning curve to it!

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  8. Emma seems like a girl with great ambitions! 19 books!! too cute <3 Wish you the best during this year of homeschooling

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  9. Homeschooling is tough, so I don't envy you in the least. I wish you the best of luck with it. Hope your daughters do great at it!

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  10. Home schooling is very very tough. It is challenging and can get very demanding at times. Wish you all the best.

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  11. My son is starting kindergarten this year, and I'm trying to figure out how to juggle things since his school is only 2.5 hours a day. Best wishes with your school year!

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  12. I admire parents who are able to handle homeschooling and still manage to maintain a household. Looks like you're doing awesome during the first week! I hope it runs smoothly until the end of the school year!

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  13. Wow I admire anyone that can homeschool their children because that takes guts. I hope it goes well!

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  14. I always curious about homeschool, and now I have a little peek through your home school activity. Your kids must be excited doing homeschool. The pictures of your daughters are so cute.

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  15. More and more parents are homeschooling and I am all for it. You look organized and your kids look like they are enjoying it!

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  16. My daughter is back to school this week. She's excited and it may have something to do with the fact that she's a senior.

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  17. I've always wanted to homeschool our boys. Unfortunately, it has never been in the cards financially but it definitely would have been my preference.

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  18. My nephew starts school next week…not sure he is as ready as your kids are. I like the idea of circle time. Good luck with your daughter reaching her reading goal!

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  19. You look so organized and put together with the home school thing. There have been so many times that I thought that I could do it but then had second thoughts.

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  20. I have friends that home school just simply because they want to be in charge of what their kids are learning and how. I love that you have everything put together in the binder like you do.

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