Monday, September 22, 2008

Things To Do: First Day of School...check!

It's official...I am teaching a Kindergartner and a 2nd Grader.

Let me tell you, the day started a little rocky with one of my students giving me some attitude. Not the way I wanted to begin a new school year. I allowed a "do over" and things went on more smoothly.

(Do I need to tell you who the class clown is?)

We started the day with history. This is our first year using Tapestry of Grace (which will combine history, literature, geography, and some church history for us this year) and I am fully aware of the "four week" fog most people experience as they try to implement it for the first time. But, I have a question...since I am doing each "week" in tw
o weeks, does that mean I will have 8 weeks of fog? Anyhow, we are studying the Middle Ages this year (yeah!) so we read a bit about the Fall of the Roman Empire and Attila the Hun attacking Rome. We also got out the atlas so we could see the area we are going to be working on this year. Then they spent some time creating a notebook cover for their binders. They spent a lot of time doing this. They like crafty type stuff.

On to math...Magnus is finishing up level B of Right Start. We are behind due to starting it mid-year last year, but we'll get caught up.
Thane is starting Level A this year and is very excited about dong math this year.

Language Arts was next...Magnus completed a lesson in his Growing with Grammar book, reviewed spelling rules with me, and did three pages in ETC learning about compound words. Thane started Sing, Spell, Read, and Write today. He worked on some pages that asked him to pick which one is different and to follow instructions. He also worked in his Get Ready for the Code book (we are finishing it up from last year).

In the afternoon, we headed to our charter school for Magnus' first science class. They are going to be learning about the different ecosystems as well as most of the animal groups. Looks like they will be covering a lot of material before Christmas break. After class, he told me he has already made a new friend. I am so thankful to have the chance for them to be in a safe classroom setting with other homeschoolers.

All in all, I think it was a productive day. I jumped in with both feet and didn't drown!


Lisawa said...

What a great day! I cracked up about the 8 week fog!! Let me know... I wonder?? *Ü*

I read the post below this one as well... I'll be praying for friends IRL and a church for you.... talk about transitions...

Its so good to hear from you....


Tina in WA said...

What a wonderful first day report!

Since you are doing year 2 (figured since you are studying middle ages), I think you are going the wise route doing 1 week lesson plans in 2 HUMAN weeks. :) I tried year 2 way back when and never made it through the fog. You go girl!


Kara said...

Sounds great! Glad you are back into a routine and sounds like your schedule is well rounded. Their charter school sounds great! It will also give you some much needed mommy time to clear the fog.
Miss you bundles. Give me a call when you get a break--Or I can give you a call first thing in the AM (our time)! I suppose you might still be dreaming about me at that time!:-)

Just some guy... said...

Congrats on a great first day! You forgot to say how you made cute signs that welcomed Magnus and Thane to 2nd grade and kinder., respectively, and put them on the door so that when they woke up and came out of their room, they would see them. Such a thoughtful homeschool mommy!

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