Monday, September 24, 2012

First Day of School



Today my son, Isaac, and daughter, Sierra, had their first day of school for the new year and I had my 25th first day of homeschooling. On Sunday we sat down and reviewed schedules, goals and plans for the new school year. We discussed a few field trips and activities they wanted to do. The house was cleaned up and the school area (my dining room & adjoining sunroom) was organized and ready to go. Previously I had loaded all computer related school onto the school laptop. There is something fun about starting a new year. We were all looking forward to getting back into a routine. As much as I love summer and the lack of steady routines there is something comforting about the familiar routine of the school year.

My daughter was up early and began by getting coffee, then going out for a run, coming back to shower/dress, eat and take care of her chores. Then she hit the books. My son got up a little later than her, but still before he was actually required to and got his morning going, chores done and then hit the books. There were a few questions about new curriculum as they started and some paper correcting for me to do but other than that they both worked independently. School was wrapped up in about 5 hours or so.

All in all it was a very positive start to our school year!



 

4 comments:

  1. That is so inspiring! I just started my 5th year and I get overwhelmed with just one child! However, I learned a valuable lesson last year that I don't have to go to every activity, field trip and play date. I put the home back in my homeschool. Sounds like you may have learned that lesson a long time ago!

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    1. Oh Mama Sue you have no idea what I've learned in the last 25 years.. LOL.. :D :D

      Crystal :)

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  2. I am always so anxious to hear about your life and kids and homechooling because it is definitely inspiring. I didn't have such a great start to our school year. My kids hate school. They would much rather be playing and doing their own things (I know most kids are like that). Since you have so much experience do you have any ideas on how to get my kids motivated and encouraged to get them to learn? My two kids are 3rd grade and 9th grade and they struggle daily on wanting to get their school work done. My 3rd grader literally takes 2 hours to do her math because she hates it so much. She just sits there and stares at it. I truly don't know what to do. I have tried different curriculum and the only one they like is the Lifepacs. They really do work out best for us because of how they are set up. But the kids still hate doing their work. My older one is better this year. He is more motivated to get his work done but the younger one hates school. Any ideas???

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    1. Anon.. if you would like to email me I can share some of my thoughts with you..

      crystal@thefamilyhomestead.com Put "homeschooling" in the subject..

      Crystal :)

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