When I thought homeschooling couldn't get any harder by teaching three grades with three entirely different learners, our family decided to add the joys of moving to the chaos. No lie... first day of school began with cinnamon rolls (thanks to Trader Joe's refrigerated section), followed by crazy cleaning and prepping to get our house staged to put on the market by the end of the week.
More sugar followed as we packed up the dog and headed to Chick-fil-a for free milkshakes (drive-thru, of course!). Formal school didn't really happen until afternoon due to the lovely stayed-up-too-late-hangover Mommy got to enjoy. Thank you, Magic School Bus on Netflix!
These three! They are some of the greatest joys of my life! (Yet can drive me crazy at the same time!) It will be a fun year, to say the least!
Lunch included more Netflix by watching "On the Way to School." Excellent documentary! All three of my girls were mesmerized. The stories of several children around the world and their daily or weekly walks to school was quite humbling!
School supplies were simple, but useful as we also like new markers, notebooks, and glue sticks. It was fun to watch them fill out their 1st Day of School Interviews (found here) and then compare them with last year's.
Each girl picked out one subject to do before calling it a day and heading to church. We are excited to try some new curriculum this year. Chloe's adding Wordly Wise for vocabulary & spelling. Naomi is starting cursive handwriting with Cheerful Cursive, and Sophie is using Horizon Math, which we've never tried before.
Overall, the day was nothing to boast about. It was certainly not as exciting as other "first days," but I can promise you that none of us will ever forget it. At some point during the day, we listened to one of JJ Heller's newer songs called "This Year." Check it out on YouTube. As Emily Freeman says, I'm treating September like the new January. A new home, a new school year, and a new perspective...
Here are some links that I'm gleaning from these days:
- 10 Tips For a Stress-Free Homeschool Day by Ruth Simmons
- Amongst Lovely Things with Sarah Mackenzie (Love it all! Her blog, her podcast, tips, etc)
- The Homeschool Snapshots Podcast
(This was written last week, but due to technical difficulties, I couldn't post it until today. Two weeks of homeschooling under the belt...)