Friday, August 13, 2010

Our First Week of Homeschool. . .

Welcome to our first week of school! Here we go. . . I was a wee bit nervous the first day ~ but everything went well despite my butterflies!
My cute little class. . .

Joshua ~ 2nd grade. . .

James Christofer Truett ~ Kindergarten. . .

Elijah ~ 3 year old preschool. . .

Erik Daniel ~ Playschool


I was so prepared!! Ha!! :-) All the important things were done!! :-) I decorated the boys notebooks, and I created a playlist that I named "Strength for Homeschool," and I bought a special candle for the occasion! An apple for the teacher. . .
This little man made my first week homeschooling eventful!! :-) He colored on the walls and the boys' work. He figured out that even if I babygate the stairs, he can still get up the stairs by squeezing his little body between the first wrought iron post and the newell post!! He is so busy!!


Here are the big boys deep into their studies!! Ha!! :-)

Lije is learning to play some preschool computer games that the big boys used to play when they were little!! I love the way it makes him feel so big and independent!!
The boys are really enjoying their new easel!! Silly! Silly! Silly!
Joshua doing his reading assignment. . .This week was the "A" week for Elijah, and so we did fun "A" things!! We ate Animal crackers and Apple Jacks. We read books like 10 Apples up on top, and we learned about Johnny Appleseed! We made A's out of playdoh and with sidewalk chalk. But, I think the favorite thing that we did was make homemade Applesauce!! Joshua helped me by cutting the apples into cubes. . .

The boys worked hard for me. Some days were good, and a few were very hard. Wednesday, in particular, was difficult. But, Thursday was awesome!! Erik's dad was coming Thursday night, so I gave the boys a choice. . . We could do school with Pop on Friday, or we could do two days of school on Thursday and play with Pop on Friday. What do you think they chose??? They worked so hard on Thursday! They did two of everything ~ for Joshua this required doing 6 math worksheets!! But, they kept their heads down and worked hard. Erik had to do athletic physicals that night, so I took my sweet boys out for a special celebratory end of our first week dinner!! The boys were super good at the restaurant, and I was so thankful and proud that we had finished our first week! We went home and played outside for over an hour!

Then, I took them in and treated them to a bubble bath. . .

Everybody loves a good bubble bath!!! Maybe I should have saved that for next week ~ "B" week!! :-) I guess we can do it again!!!

All in all the week went well! I think to expect every day to be like Thursday is unrealistic ~ although I'd love it!! I can honestly say that the good definitely outweighed the bad this week, and I'm so thankful.

4 comments:

Sarah said...

The Yankee Candle McIntosh is our signature school scent, too! I bought it the year Caiden started kindergarten, and just smelling it brings back such happy memories. I'm praying your year goes so well, despite those preschool monkeys, that a whiff of it in future years will bring back the same great feelings!

(Grayson starts K this year, and now I'm only down to one preschool monkey, thank the Lord! Preschoolers make school hard!!)

Hang in there, sweet friend. This is going to be a great ride!!

Lizz @ Yes, and So is My Heart said...

Thanks for sharing a glimpse into your experiment. This may sound silly, but I'd love to know more about how you organize your school room in your dining room. I've often wondered where we'd put everything if we did homeschool!
Hope your "Thursdays" outweigh those other days!

ADH said...

glad you had a great week! keep on going! you and the boys WILL do a great job with the Lord as your guide!

Ali said...

Are you going to post your schedule and what subjects you will be doing with your kids! I'm new this year to homeschooling and would love a "nuts and bolts" post!

~ Ali

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