I don’t know about you, but the first day of school was always exciting for me with new classes, new teachers, and new clothes. Even though I homeschool our kids, I want them to experience some of that same excitement I did every year.
It starts with breakfast and what better way to say, “Welcome Back to School,” than with fresh yummy donuts (Thanks Daddy)!
Next comes the grand entrance to a fresh clean homeschool room with new school supply goodies! Their faces make it worth every minute of planning to make this day special!
FYI: Staples has some great sales on school supplies and Target was getting their things ready this week.
After we settle down, from opening their gift bags, we take a moment to pray for our school year. Homeschooling is NOT easy for the parent or the child. Attitudes can flare quickly when you are with the same people 24/7. We ask God to help us all to watch our words, to stay calm and focused, and most importantly to respect each other.
Self portraits have become a tradition every year. Once completed they are placed in the front of their school year portfolio.
Everyone has their own handwriting curriculum, but today I decided to combine it with our weekly scripture. I had the girls pull out their new notebooks and copy down the scripture for the week, Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Victoria actually quoted this scripture later in the day when a certain situation came up with our outing plans (She was listening!).
A quick ten minute snack then back to work. Grammar, Math, and Spelling are all completed before lunch. Lunch break can take a half an hour to an hour. Around this time our Turtle Power Guy takes his nap and we all run to Mommy’s bed where we each take turns reading out loud.
Our day doesn’t always look the same, for nothing is written in stone. That’s why we homeschool (I love flexibility!). With that said, I do try to keep somewhat of a routine and soft schedule, it keeps things organized and the kids know what to expect!
Tomorrow is going to be pretty great also…it’s our First Field Trip of the year, on the second day of school!