Monday, August 18, 2008

First Day of School

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 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 book.

Sophia got quite a bit ahead last year, so is well under way in her first grade math book.

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!


  1. I so enjoyed the pictures in this post!

  2. all the pics, have a great school year! Love to you all!!!

  3. Whew! Thank goodness you gave that disclaimer at the end---I was beginning to have heart palpitations due to the pressure of having to strive for a day that looked like that! ;)

    But seriously, it's really good to give us glimpses into your world. Those of us who are behind you are always grateful for some of the nitty-gritty of how things can work. The pictures are so great.

    Can you remind us of all the ages of your kiddos again?

  4. Stephanie,

    Their ages are: almost 16, 13, 7,
    5, 3, 2, and 7 mos.

    Thank you for your sweet comment! Yes, I did not want to give any false impressions of our day. The pictures made our day to look....well....picture perfect!
    We had a great day, but it still came with it's share of challenges!

  5. Candace,
    I love the pictures. You amaze me! We are sitting her trying to divide up the school supplies and I am in awe of how you and others homeschool... that is some tough work.

  6. All I have to say is WOW.

  7. I am so incredibly impressed! Not only that you're homeschooling a multitude of children, but that everyone looks happy and studious, and that it looks like you even got a shower in the morning! Holy Cow! I'd love to be a fly on your wall - women like you inspire me! :) Thanks for sharing!

  8. Hey there!
    You truly amaze me, and Bless me. I cried today, and this year feel different. I really had a hard time letting my children go. Dh said you had a hard time this summer. Yes and's adjusting to a routine I think. I caught what was going around in the house, but was truly blessed to only have it 24 hours! I cried feeling useless in my bed. When you are available, would still Love to get together : )

  9. It feels good when the first day of school goes well! We just started Tuesday. So far so good.


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