Thursday, August 12, 2010

How did our first week go?


I absolutely loved our first full week of Homeschooling. It was so busy that I felt that our days were too short. This was a big surprise for me!

I was actually anxious the night before (like when you start a new job or have a new group of kids when teaching)! I thought that I would not have enough materials and lessons planned for the kids. I actually OVER Planned!

I made sure to plan something out of the house daily. Library, Pool time with friends, have friends come over to play, etc. It is 105 degrees here so we just cannot be outside right now unless we are in the water.

My son was a little reluctant the first and 4th day but I think it was from swimming the nights before. Just tired. They both did great at sitting through the lessons and participating in the lessons.

Bella was a maniac! She LOVES to work and made up some works for herself. Like this one above!
The first two days she did ask about TV ALL DAY! They watched a lot of TV this summer.

The kids did fight but not bad. The fights were not during school time though. The fighting happened during break times, lunch times and after school times. Not sure what that is about...

Our youngest student studied with us and we loved every minute he was awake during our school time!

I will be making changes to the school room this weekend. After this week I figured out that it is just too crowded.

We tended to work in the room in the mornings. Crafts on the dinning room table and worked in the living room in the afternoons for reading and spelling. So, I will be moving books to the living room making this our "library" area. All art will be in the dinning room where we can spread out! This will give us a lot more room in the school room.

Our school day started between 8:30 and 9am and we finished between 2 and 2:30pm. We had 30 minutes or more break in the morning and one full hour of lunch/play time. The only thing I did during our school time was school. Other than some quick morning chores, all of my attention is on the kids.

Here are some more pictures.


N from the Learning Ark said...

Sounds great!!!

Discovering Montessori said...

Nice!! I really like the work your son is doing with the pink series, his painted words look great.

Montessori For Learning said...

Wow! What beautiful work you were able to offer! Your children were doing amazing work. I especially liked seeing the geography work.

Karen said...

I told you my friend!!! Too much fun, too much activity!!! They did a Great job!!! I love what bella did, painting the world!!! Beautiful!!! Congrat!!! VOY A TI!!!

rawbanana said...

Looks like you guys had a fun full day!! YAY for homeschooling!

Aly in Va said...

Congrats on your first week....and thanks for keeping it real about the kids "fighting" at times....we've all been there :) Aly.

Deb Chitwood said...

I love reading about your beautiful family and your experiences using Montessori at home. Thank you for sharing your ideas! I gave you an award at