I’ll just be candid here and say that our “first” day of school was a bust.
Mistake #1 was trying to begin school the day after our fabulous 4 day camping trip.
So I put off the first day (Monday) to Tuesday, in which moods were off and we barely got our teacher-student conference cleared (you know, to explain expectations for the year) this day. Then along comes Wednesday, and I am a huge proponent that Mom’s mood can really set the tone for the house. Well, my mood was fine (ba ha ha), but my kids were still like in vacation hang over mode. So, for those that don’t know, I always try to be creative and think of something fun to do on the first day, and this year wasn’t any different. So, I came up with an Olympic theme since the Summer Olympics is under way. I thought it was an awesome idea. I was already to have Family Olympic games right in our backyard. I even thought up some cool crafts and a snack idea. However, my youngest child was on a rant. He was NOT amused at all, thought the whole thing was “stupid”, and grumbled most the day. Well, there ya go, homeschool reality at its finest. So do I hang the ungrateful kid in the closet by his toes? Or maybe just hug the child, rest together, chat about God, nature, and the planets… and ponder a new plan.
Thursday began with some camoflauge…
and then “boot camp” began!
Needless to say, moods were improved…
and Monday, August 8th, our official book work will begin!
Back to basics- review sentence structure;
Capital beginnings, end marks.!?
Introduce prepositional phrases.
Boys- review penmanship skills/do copywork
Katie- daily essays
The boys- review basic math facts.
focus on +, x (0-6)
Katie- review, all about fractions (+, -, x ,/)
Bryson- All about Crabs
Andrew- All about Ants
Katie- All about the animal kingdom;
introduction to arthropods and crustaceans
*will also begin her seedlings for her fall garden.
Family Read aloud–
Burgess Animal Book for Children;
rats, mice, & shrews.
The boys- Muhammad and the early years of Islam,
and details of the Arabian days.
Katie- Life of Saint Patrick
Personal safety- stranger danger
American Sign Language/Spanish
family, food, animals
Composer- Beethoven, Ode to Joy (Olympic march)
Art- Byzantine Mosaics
Poetry- To Laugh Often and Much by Ralph Waldo Emerson
To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of the intelligent people
and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition;
to know that one life has breathed easier
because you lived here.
This is to have succeeded.