After the kids finished their morning routine and breakfast, and after they tended to the animals (while I cleared the table), we all took our seats in the
MWF Word of the Week (aka character study)
TTH Poetry Memorization
M-F Music lesson and practice (The kids will be learning the recorder)
M-F 1 hour of daily quiet/reading time
Our Fridays aren't as academic
Journal and Math are still required, but then the remainder of class time will be spent on Life Skills. We will be starting with cooking lessons. The kids already have a long list of things they are ready to prepare. Mainly cake, cookies, candy and chocolate. They may be disappointed to learn that they will be learning more than just baking, but I won't tell them just yet.
Something I am doing different this year is incorporating one week per month of concentrated Art, History, or Science studies. I had a difficult time before fitting adequate time in for these on a daily basis, so rather than have it all spread out, we will take a solid week to work on a unit study. The kids
thought this was a great idea. I'm liking the idea too. It just seems to make sense.
SO - After explaining the schedule and the things that will be expected of the kids, the kids started with their first journal entry. They were reminded to use neat handwriting, and were discouraged from writing the same entry over and over again for each day (something my DD did at
Next, we moved into some basic math review. I figured I better make sure they remembered place values, and how to add, subtract, carry and borrow before starting with multiplication. Thankfully they did remember (dd needed a little reminder but was quick to pick it up again). We practiced a few questions on the white boards and then moved ahead with some basic worksheet practice. It was quick and easy. And a great confidence and enthusiasm builder. ;)
We took a short break and returned to do some penmanship practice. My son has always had messy writing and any bit of dedicated practice is of great benefit. We didn't get into any language art instruction today mainly because I still need to figure out what to review and where to begin anew. Tomorrow is another day, and I have another few hours to dig into our spelling lessons and figure out a starting point. Anyyyywayyyy, once they finished their penmanship, they were free to have lunch and recess, followed by Quite/Reading time. This seemed the perfect way to end our first day back to homeschool. And so it was.
My son tonight told me he was happy to begin learning again and that the first day back to HS was "fun". It makes my heart smile.