We officially started our school year this past week. We kicked off the week by having a "Back to school" party on Monday. The children had SO much fun. I let them pick out their meal and dessert (hot dogs and root beer floats) and then we had several games which I had bought some prizes for. I wish I had taken pictures! The look on their faces was sheer excitment. I think we've definently started a new tradition! If you remember, back in this post, I shared my new schedule. It was kind of a big deal for me since I required me to get up at 5:30 in the a.m., something I've been wanting to do for a while but didn't have high hopes of getting accomplished. I LOVE being up before everyone else. I have a good 2 hours of quietness to read, pray, get a few chores done, start breakfast. Ahhh...it was lovely. It's just a matter of getting my lazy bones out of bed!
All in all, I think things with the new schedule went really, really well. I had John look at it before hand and tell me what he thought. He said it looked very realistic. And I have to agree. I think the children like knowing what comes next. By the end of the week, after Praise and Prayer, everyone knew to go into the school room. yay! Getting up early wasn't as hard as I thought. I had one day where I did sleep late because Kate had been up during the night. But, I'm okay with that.
On the school side, things went great. Lilly and Luke both love their new reading curriculum. We had a little trouble getting motivated to do math at first but once I chipped in and started acting really excited about it they were all for it. I need to plan better for math though. The book I'm using isn't so much of a curriculum as a book of activities and worksheets for 1st graders. So, I'm kind of making it up as I go. But I absolutely LOVE homeschooling. Yes, I'm busy but how rewarding it is!
A wise woman builds her home, once again, has a great post on christian education. She even has a few videos of one of my favorite people who speaks on this topic, Voddie Baucham. Check it out!
Thanks for reading!