And… they’re off! No, not exactly. They are still here, at home. And yet, they are learning. A lot. Isn’t that amazing? Our homeschooling journey started yesterday, on September 1. Of course, Self-University Week started yesterday, too. When I made this schedule I did not know about this neat coincidence.
I dressed the kids up in their school uniforms. DD asked, “Do I have to wear this all the time?” She’s such a girlie girl, she wants the scoop on her outfitting options. “Only for school time.” She accepted it.
I chose to buy school uniforms because
a. children look cute in uniforms.
b. it helps them get into “school mode”.
c. we are a private school. Well, sort of.
d. we can use them on field trips.
The routine wasn’t much different than before, but we did take pictures.
We started with our Accountable Kids morning cards, followed by a devotional. We are using GraceLink Kindergarten for our Bible story time. This week’s lesson is about Baby Moses. It find it providential, because when God came to me about homeschooling two years ago, He used the story of Baby Moses. Another neat coincidence for our first day of homeschooling.
DS tutored himself through Simple and Motorized Mechanisms from LEGO Education while I worked with my daughter on preschool activities. She was very eager to learn, but got silly after 10-15 minutes. That was my cue she was done. I sent her to play by herself, which she was happy to do, while DS and I tackled the 3 Rs for 30 minutes.
They had recess and lunch. Then, they had P.E. and art (drawing with chalk).
That was it. Easy, peasy, homeschoolese.
However, it was not smooth. In the early morning, our cat left us a calling card on the living room carpet. Later on, as I reached for a box, I knocked down a tray. Glass shattered and contents spilled out. My husband and I spent fifteen minutes cleaning. Just when I thought I could start teaching, I noticed the magnetic letters I had chosen so carefully the night before for my son’s reading lesson were missing. DD had noticed them in my tote bag and put them back up where they belong. So I had to pick them out all over again.
How do I come up with the four hours of homeschooling instruction required by the State of Tennessee? I’ll tell you in a future blog post. For now, I covet your prayers on our behalf. We need wisdom to guide our children well. Thank you in advance for praying for us!
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Welcome to the wonderful world of homeschooling! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Like mothering, homeschooling never goes exactly as I planned. That’s what makes the journey so fun, interesting, and unique. Your story about the glass reminds me of a maple syrup incident over here! I’ll be praying for you as well.
Thanks Andrea! 🙂
I’ll be praying for you! Love the uniform idea!