Week 2- the first full week of school-CHECK
The week began in a different way than I had imagined-but this is how life goes; so, I went with it. Our family went out of town for the weekend, and we were all exhausted. So 830 rolled around and none of us were ready to begin. Thank goodness we are at home and we made the choice to start the following day. This lasted until about 230. By this time, the kids were on each other’s nerves and the day was going down hill fast. I motioned everyone to the school room and just told everyone to find some work. THREE hours went by! They worked and worked and worked. I loved what they came up with. Sims and Sawyer used the metal insets to make pictures and then they each wrote a story about their picture. Lessons were given. It was beautiful. My husband came home and asked if school started and the kids answered, “no, school starts tomorrow.” I did not have the heart to tell them that they actually were in school.
Tuesday through Friday went a little more as I planned. We woke up and had a leisurely morning. They boys got outside most of the mornings to play in the yard before school School started at 830 with the calendar, a song or poem and a review of the day. Sims and Sawyer (Fourth and second grades) each have a new and improved workplan. Parks has 6 drawers filled with activities and the lessons I planned for him through the week. In my mind, I thought six drawers full of activities would be plenty. The first thing he asked for was apple cutting. Umm……there is no apple cutting up in the school room….What about the long bead chains?…..nope. Hmmmm…..Thoughts that had not crossed my mind. I knew homeschooling would be a change for Parks, but I did not consider how it will also be limiting the independence and choices he had in the past. Obviously, I do not have loads of Montessori materials or even enough to keep him busy for an entire work period; however, we are going to work on a plan.
The work period continued until 11 at which time, the crew headed outside. Parks worked in the garden and in sandbox on his creation. Sims and Sawyer finished up their work and did nature study. Then at noon, we all sat and ate lunch (which they cooked) and went on with the rest of the day. Afternoon activities will begin next week and include dance (for Sawyer), if all goes well-a co-op with Spanish, drums (for the boys) and a lot of afternoon fun.
I found it scary last week that it was already time for school to begin. This week, I am releaved. Our family has come back together. The kids are getting along well and playing together every chance they get. They have started a band (I apologize in advance to all of my neighbors as I put them in the attic to try to stifle some of the “music”). They are planning a fairy garden and a fall vegetable garden. They are giving input on things they want to research and getting excited about the year. Let’s hope the excitement continues.
It seems most children have officially begum school at this point in the year. I hope all of your little ones are having a wonderful start in their journey this year as well. Thank you for taking a few moments from your day to read my blog. Please, keep the questions and comments coming. I am always looking for feedback to keep people coming back for more! Have a beautiful week!