Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Our First Day of Homeschool

Today was our very first day of homeschool.

The kids woke up and got right to work. It was a challenge in the beginning because Bug and Oney did not realize that all the toys I put in the living room meant that they actually had to stay in the living room and play.

After I got the little ones to understand what school meant and how they had to behave, things went more smoothly.

Lil D was very focused and did his work in a flash. Miss took a little more time with her work. She did get upset once; she thought I was going to get mad because it was taking her a longer time to get through some of her subjects.

In Miss’s old school she was rushed and was never able to finish. That meant at least three hours of homework for her and I to do when she got home from school.

I must admit I was becoming frustrated with her use of time. I was in traditional school mode that put strict time limits on the work Miss was doing. I called Big D to share my worries about my abilities of being an adequate homeschool mom. (It was my first day and I got a little case of the jitters)

Big D reminded me of the reasons why we are homeschooling in the first place. I went to Miss and explained that she was not in a race and that she needed to focus and take her time.

Miss felt better and used her time more wisely. She picked up her pace and got to work.

We ended with our Viking unit study. The kids enjoyed picking out a Viking name and writing a poem. When we finished with the unit study I looked at the clock and saw that it was only one in the afternoon.

School went by so fast and we still have most of the day to go. Although the beginning was a little bumpy and I was a little nervous, I think the day went well. The most important thing I learned today was to go with the flow. Teach my kids the way they learn best. If one child takes longer than the other there is no reason to panic.

Our very first day of homeschool is over and we all made it. I think we all had a lot of fun too.

Lil D, fast and furious

Miss working hard

Bug practicing the letter O .

Oney hanging out and getting banana split pie everywhere. (Yes, I gave him pie to keep him happy for a few minutes. It was my first day, sheesh!)


Christine said...

Looks like a great first day!

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SissyMerks said...

Looks like it is going well. I hope you all enjoy the experience. Good for you and them! :-)

Ginny said...

Banana split pie?? Sounds yum. Of course that is my big problem lately. Everything sweet sounds yum.

Cathy Adamkiewicz said...

I am so happy for you! I remember our first days of homeschooling, and how nervous I was to get it right. I'm not so nervous anymore, and strangely, I still get excited to start teaching them every year. We are so fortunate to have this time with our kids!
I hope I will see you at lots of homeschool activities this year! Have fun and enjoy this time with your beautiful little munchkins!

armyfamilyok said...

Congrats on finishing your first day of homeschool!! We're in our 3rd week and loving it!! I know that we made the right choice to homeschool I'm sure you feel the same way. We speed through classes too. Even though I only have 1, I didn't expect it to be that good!!

Congrats again!!