Tuesday, August 17, 2010

First Day of Homeschool

Because everyone takes a "First Day of School" pic, here's Bella's first day of second grade (minus the backpack)!

So here's the honest truth.  Our first day wasn't the smoothest.  We kept trying to get things done, but then there's a certain little 3-year-old I'm still in the midst of potty training, running around making loud noises.  I attempted to keep him occupied any time Bella & I had to sit down for a lesson, but he moves quickly. 

I had to tell Bella to be patient a few times, because we're going through all these boring orientation sessions so that we understand how our curriculum works.  She can hardly sit in her seat.  Needless to say, there have been a lot of breaks!  We chug, chug, chugged on though, so we can get started as soon as possible on the good stuff!  I can tell Bella's itching to begin ;-)

In an effort to begin routines, however, we woke up at 7:30, got dressed and ready before coming down for breakfast.  After that, we started the day with our "God Time"which introduced the big idea for the month: OBEDIENCE.  Thank goodness for this reminder!  Since I don't have a specific Bible curriculum, I'm working from our church's current theme.  Soon, the kids will enroll in an Awanas program and have a weekly scripture to memorize, as well.  It is an important part of our education to include a little of this in our day.

After many technical difficulties (mostly on our online school's end), we completed just one Literature Arts unit.  I don't feel entirely confident with the program yet, but as I told Bella, "This wasn't a normal day.  It's going to take us a week to get to know how this all works."  So we have to keep going and not get discouraged.  It was just our first day.

Tomorrow's a new one.

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