Monday, July 19, 2010

First Day of School

Today was our first day of school!  Woohoo!  It went great! 

I think secretly the kids were a little bit excited about starting school.  You know - new books, new supplies, all that fun stuff.  I had been hearing, "Why do we have to start school so soon?  It's not even August yet!" etc. etc. etc.  However, all three kiddos had already filled out their math meeting page before they even went to bed!
Here is the dining room table the night before:

Here is a closer picture of the boys independent work.  On their clipboard is the math meeting page, daily oral language page for the week, journal prompt, and math facts sheet.  They also have to answer the "problem of the day" which is written on a white board.  And don't forget about the Explode the Code books.  They do about 3 or 4 pages a day.  It is below their reading level so it is fairly easy independent work but still great review and practice!

Here we are on the first day of school!!!

As you can tell, little man's hair was out of control today! :-)

These pictures are in our dining room.  That is where we do most of our table work and lessons.  Unless we are doing something crafty - we use the kitchen table for that!  But before we get here, we start our day with Bible and History.  We do that in the kids playroom.  It's more comfortable in there. They seem to like sitting comfortably on couches and comfy chairs for these two subjects because they involve alot of listening!  Here is a little area in the playroom with some things (books of the Bible, composer, state of the week) that we go over/discuss every morning.  (P.S.  There is a world map and a map of the USA on other walls in the playroom)

I think the kids enjoyed their first day back at school.  At the end of the day, I asked what was your favorite part of school - It was unanimous . . . P.E. WITH DAD!  I guess homeschooled kids aren't that different than their brickschooled counterparts - everybody loves p.e.!!!!!!


  1. YEA for the first day of school!!

    Is that your backyard?! How nice!!

    Sounds like you guys are off to a great start!!

  2. oh wow, it all looks so exciting and...orderly! I haven't been very excited about getting ready to start back up, but your post made me excited to actually get prepared, thanks!

    love the whole post!

  3. I am new to all of this, but I like the way you set everything out. I haven't thought much about how we will organize ourselves yet, but that looks like a great idea!

  4. Thanks for a great look into your homeschool. This will benefit many people who are looking for ideas in their own home!

  5. Looks like you had a great first day!

  6. You are amazing...I could never do this! So organized and just wonderful! Awesome!

  7. Thanks for all the sweet comments!
    @Carrie - Yes that is our backyard and yes we are definitely blessed! The kiddos love it!
    @Jen - You are too much! Me motivate you? Are you kidding me? You rock my world with all that you have going on!!!
    @Theresa - I just read your blog about your decision! How fun an exciting! I can't wait to check out all the fun things you will do with your little ones this year!
    @Ryan - Thanks! I do intend to get back with you about Alpha Omega LifePacs!!!
    @Crystal - Thanks! You are sweet and I miss you!
    @Courtney - Oh Puh lease! (Did you hear the multiple syllables in that word?) You so could do anything that I can do! I assure you!



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