Tuesday, August 16, 2011

First day overview

Our School Room!

This is our school room. We were very lucky to find a tri level townhouse that gave us the extra room for a school room. Even as we walked into the house for the first time several years ago we knew this room would be perfect. If you notice we have desks. However, we usually end up on the floor for reading. I put the final touches on everything the night before. The kids love this room. It never stays this neat though. I'm hoping that will change this year! LOL.

Kiddos opening Kinder Cones

We did Kinder Cones again this year. This is a German tradition (the funny thing is I'm not German in any way! LOL). In Germany the kids get cones on the first day of school. These cones are filled with fun school supplies and other items. I raided the dollar section at Target for cute pencils, notepads, stickers and other little items. After doing them once I think these will be a mainstay in our school adventures.

We started ECC and Kindy on Monday. Both of the kids love their curriculums. I'm trying to incorporate O into ECC as much as possible. On Monday both kids filled out their "passport applications". I did purchase an extra passport and sticker book for O so he could take part in this activity.

Overall it's going well. Today was our day at the local homeschool ministry. We have classes (I say we because I teach there) from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Then K has one more class from 2:00-3:00. After that it's off to gymnastics with O. It will work though. While K was in her 2:00 class I got some good one on one time for kindy work with O. Then while O was flipping all over the place I got some good one on one with K.

One thing of note is that K has noticed her workload is higher for this year. She's doing almost all 3rd Grade work and it is taking more time. K has said this is OK because she likes everything she's doing. I just don't want her to burn out. I'm hoping the positive attitude remains. She is such a precious child.

Well, I'll end it here. I mostly rambled tonight. Hopefully I'll have a post with some merit by the end of the week. Haha!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

On your mark! Get set........ WAIT?????

Wow! This week has flown by. My church does a consignment sale each fall and spring for kids clothes and other items. I serve on the team that heads this effort. From Wednesday to Saturday night I worked 50 hours at the church. It was too funny. I told my husband I worked a 50 hour week and we spent money for me to do it. Haha. I got a lot of good clothes for the kiddos for way less than what I'd pay at the store though. It was also amazing to witness all the volunteers working to make the sale a success. We had over 370 sellers and over 40,000 items. WOW!!

So that leads me to tomorrow morning. I so don't feel ready. The planning is done, the materials are mostly laid out and the kids are ready.

Mommy's not ready!

I can't figure out where this feeling is coming from. I love homeschooling, but that nagging fear is here again. It happens to me every year around this time. Did I pick the right curriculum? Are the kids doing the levels they need to be doing? Will they learn what they need to learn?


The only thing I can think to do is pray for peace. Tonight I will also pray over my school room and over each child's desk. Petitions will go up for learning to occur, for good listening ears to be had, for patience when the kids are wacky (I am so not a patient person) and for God's love to be seen by my children. I will also pray for my friends who are homeschooling; that we all may know we are not alone in this journey and it's OK to be a little afraid now and then!

I will post about our first day tomorrow.

Good night!