We started into the new school year this week. We are still quite into summer mode, but we are getting our feet wet with school work too. The kids checked out all of their new curriculum as it came in so there were no new surprises. Sunday afternoon, we went over some of the changes for this year.
1. Each kiddo will have a monthly work plan.
2. Each kiddo is responsible for documenting his/her work done during the day in his/her planner.
3. We will meet once a week to look at how each person is progressing on the work plan.
Beyond those few changes, everything has pretty much remained the same. We started Monday off by designing a cover page for the main lesson books and learning how to use the new computer. The older two kids are pretty excited to start emailing friends on their own accounts. So far the schedule is shaping up. We begin the morning at the YMCA so that I can get a workout in. I pretty much stopped exercising regularly when I began homeschooling. If you are new to homeschooling, I highly recommend that you DO NOT STOP EXERCISING! You really need that time to yourself to regroup each day. We started going everyday this summer and so far it is working well. They play games while they are there and have a quiet start to the day. We come home and get to work. Everyone has a plastic bin with books in it.
We are working in the kitchen for the most part. The kids move about the house throughout the day. Last year, the kids wrapped up most of their work before lunch time. Unfortunately, we are starting our school day later this year which means they will have to work some in the afternoons too. Hopefully, it will not be too bad. So far, they finish up their work while sitting at an activity. For example, Sims worked on his math while waiting on Sawyer and Parks at gymnastics today.
Of course this is only the first week. We will see how it all works out this year in the weeks to come!