September 22, 2014

First Day of School

Our family is entering a new adventure this fall. Today, we officially started homeschooling Beniah and have already reaped the benefits of being a homeschool family (namely sleeping in after having a rough night with the baby).  Beniah has been super excited about starting school and waiting for September 22nd to finally arrive.  Yes, I know that it has been 3 weeks since "regular school" started, but we were in the middle of a move and there was no way on God's green earth that I was going to start homeschooling while unpacking multiple boxes and figuring out where things should go.

The first day of school finally dawned (way too early for this tired mama) and after breakfast and 1 1/2 cups of coffee, we finally started our day.


Beniah loves lists and schedules, so I made up a schedule for the day. I thought I was being oh so clever when I made the blank time cards that I can write down the times that we start each activity. Unfortunately, when one activity goes a bit longer than expected or you start your day late, it throws off the rest of the schedule which causes Beniah to insist that every card gets changed to match the correct time. That is going to change!

Oh well!  Beniah did enjoy the arts and crafts time where he colored a picture for the front of his Kindergarten binder.

Elijah wanted to join in too.

Isaac just wanted to be put down for a nap.

 Later, Beniah hopped onto Khan Academy to work on some math. So far, I'm pretty impressed with that website, especially since Beniah can go as slow or fast as he wants through the math lessons. There are a couple of kinks to work out, but I think that this will be a good fit for him.

One nice thing about homeschooling is being done with school after a couple hours of work and being free to play with your baby brother.

There are a few wrinkles in my planning for our school days, but I think we'll be able to work past them in the next few weeks.