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Monday, June 4, 2007

Our first day of Home School

We did it! We made it through. We completed our first day of Home School. In fact we finished way too quickly! The kids sailed through most of the activities and worksheets so I will be thinking of more creative reinforcement activities for tomorrow. Most of everything was review for Rienne so once we complete the review portion in the coming weeks I have hopes that she'll slow down a bit. Aurora did exceptionally well and proved that she indeed has a wonderful
attention span. She was highly motivated today and was excited to be an official Kindergartner!

All in all I feel pretty good. We are doing a year round format with 6 weeks on and 2 weeks off. This first 2 week break should provide a nice opportunity to reevaluate our classroom dynamics and tweak things. I am happy with the schedule I came up with. The one thing which will require work on my part is making sure we actually get out of this house more than once a week. I want to plan many more outdoor activities and field trips. This will take some careful planning (to keep it educational and related to our curriculum) and some coupon clipping.

Our daily schedule is a follows for anyone interested:

7am- Wake up, personal grooming, eat breakfast, morning chores

8am- Morning prayers, pledge, praise music, Bible class

8:30am- Language Arts

9:30- Math

10:30 Science or History for 1st grade Art/Crafts or activity for Kindergarten

11am- LUNCH

11:30- 12:30 Music, Art, Spanish, Story/Reading hour or Field trip depending on the day of week

Since I have only one day under my belt I am not confident yet that I will be able to maintain this schedule but it worked well today and in theory it should hold up the rest of the week. We shall see.........


Stacey said...

Congratulations on making through the first day! I bet you guys are going to be just great at it. I remember loving it when I was in high school. I think it's awesome that you're doing this for your kids!!

The Montee's said...

Yah!!!! This is AWESOME!!! I need to get your curriculum. I haven't "officially" started yet...and won't for another year. We do learning stuff now (but it's not at all structured in a classroom setting). I'm anxious to hear how it goes and see how the kids like it. congrats!! :)