Well, we’re off! We had a late official start this year due to some not-for-public-consumption circumstances, and well, since we homeschool, we can do that. 🙂 The fact that we homeschool has given me a wee bit o’ relief when I realize that we are almost a month-and-a-half into what would have been our normal school year. However, the fact that it all rests fully on my shoulders also makes me a wee bit anxious, so there is that, too.
We started off the day with our first day of school gifts: a Narnia coloring book (with Pauline Baynes’ illustrations!) for Lulu and The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating for Louise. (The girl loves gastropods–what can I say?) The boys got a new box of magnetic blocks to share.
We then moved on to a very sketchy sort of circle time that mostly ended up consisting of my reviewing AWANA verses with the DLM and us all singing “Be Thou My Vision” together for review. The girls and I then plunged into a long Shakespeare picture book (very good!–will review later) and spent about fifteen minutes in an introduction to the Bard. We’ll continue it later this week. Next up was a chapter from A Wrinkle in Time followed by some copywork. While the girls did copywork, the DLM worked on handwriting and he and Benny ate a snack.
I then sent Louise off to work on a couple of world geography assignments while Lulu and I spent an hour on pre-algebra. That was fun. 🙂 Pre-algebra is best tackled with as few interruptions as possible, so the boys watched Wild Kratts while we put on our math thinking caps. Then Lulu and Louise switched places, and Louise and I worked through a RightStart E lesson (mid-book) with nary a hiccup, for which I am immensely grateful.
Next up was lunch: quesadillas, both cheese and leftover rotisserie chicken plus grapes. We watched Flight of the Butterflies during lunch and loved it. (I am determined to plant some milkweed this year!)
The girls handled lunch cleanup while I read a chapter of the first Hank the Cowdog book to the boys. (It was the same chapter Steady Eddie read last night, but the DLM requested it again because he enjoyed it so. 🙂 ) After that and a couple of Benny-requested board books, I settled Benny in with some puzzles on the DLM’s bed and the DLM and I headed back to the table for a bit of his work.
The DLM and I completed a reading lesson from Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading and a RightStart level B math lesson. So far, so good! The DLM also read aloud a Nora Gaydos reader to me while I looked for math manipulatives. We then rescued Benny from rest time (and cleaned up a huge mess of puzzle pieces) so that he could join us for a couple of world geography read-alouds: Me on a Map and How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. The DLM also attempted to make a “map” of his bedroom but ultimately decided to play instead. Louise, meanwhile, finished up her geography while Lulu began working on her robotics research paper. This is a big deal–she’s responsible for the research paper for the engineering notebook.
By this time, I was done in. I decided to lie on the bed to recuperate. (Homeschoolin’ takes it out of this mama!) I did that while the kids ran in and out of my bedroom to ask me questions and prevent me from dozing off. 😉 I finally banished them all from my room and took a short (very short!) nap until duty called and I needed to help Lulu with her paper again. Then it was on to supper preparations (dancing around Lulu who was baking cookies for robotics tonight) and so on.
It wasn’t the best first day, but it wasn’t the worst, either. We didn’t get to everything on anyone’s assignment list, but I didn’t really expect to. I feel like I don’t have a good routine yet, and I can’t even imagine one. The boys are all over the place, as six and three year olds tend to be. The truth of the matter is there’s one of me and four of them, and they all need me a good bit. That’s the bad news. The good news is that nothing about this gig stays the same for very long, and the girls are definitely growing up right before my eyes. In fact, it’s a challenge to keep up with them nowadays.
I’m looking forward to bedtime tonight. A little bit of reading aloud, and then–lights out. Whew!