After a two week delay from when we had originally planned
to begin school, it finally happened! We got it together and began our new schooling year today!
Though I was looking forward to the routine and structure of our school days, I have to admit, I just wasn't quite ready this year. It's been a busy summer and the urge to sleep in this morning was tempting. But alas! I got up and got busy......at 5:30am. This happens to be my normal wake time, but for some reason, just knowing we were starting school today made me feel unusually tired. Or maybe it was staying up until 11:00 pm watching the Olympics that made me feel so tired! Hmm...
Just for fun, I thought I'd document our day. I can remember a time when we were on top of things and probably TOO scheduled for most people, but it worked for a time!
Now, with seven kids, five of them seven and under, I have yet to find a schedule that works for us. So, we just do the best we can and try to be sensible in our planning and have fun!
Here's what our day looked like:
We always begin our day with Bible
reading and prayer, even the little ones.
After Bible, we spread out and put everyone to work. The school-aged kids pretty much always begin with math. The younger ones think
they're schooling by doing something like this
Celeste began with Grammar and Composition
while Cheyenne used the computer for her math lesson.
This is Seth digging in to his second grade arithmetic
Sophia got quite a bit ahead last year, so is well under way in her first grade math
We do not do a formal pre-k program, but we do get our little ones started in basic letter recognition, sounds, and writing practice when we feel they're ready. Chloe is up for the challenge, although she's learned a lot already by way of watching the older children. She did GREAT tracing the letter A.....
and, she's our first lefty!
While the other kids are still working, we try hard to keep the little ones busy with Legos
, Tinker Toys
, or Blocks
Cheyenne is busy completing her math
. She's pretty good at it, just like her Daddy!
Bam Bam and Pebbles! Poor Genevieve!
We're to the point where we have to take shifts with the little ones. Here, Celeste is taking her shift while I work with Seth. What a help this is!!!
Seth is doing his copywork from his second year of First Language Lessons
Break and snack time.
Thankfully, Genevieve is content to sit and play!
The little ones are busy coloring
while I work with the older girls.
Chloe's a big girl and she's learning to read!
Seth's (second year) lesson from First Language Lessons
. He LOVES this book!
Sophia BEGINS First Language Lessons! I LOVE this book!
Ahh.....a quiet moment for the older girls. The little ones are down for rest time! The girls are doing Vocabulary
at the moment.
We had a great first day!
Tomorrow, we'll dive into our other subjects such as History, Science and Writing. While these pictures may reflect that of a nice, peaceful, stress-free day, we certainly had our share of whining, poopy diapers, chaos and discipline. But over all, it was a productive day and I can actually say that we're looking forward to tomorrow!
I am truly blessed to be able to teach my children at home! Happy schooling everyone!