Our First Week of Homeschool

After our first day at Classical Conversations, it was time to begin our school work at home! Not everything went as planned, but that was mostly because we had a birthday during our first week, and we don't usually do school work on birthdays. We also are having a very busy month! The kids and I went from leaving the house 3 times a week, to leaving 7 times a week. Not exactly what I planned! I'd love to streamline the schedule, but I don't think that will happen until after the baby is born. Our gas bill is going to skyrocket!



Our new schedule involves CC, four days of soccer practice, piano, soccer games on Saturdays, but I think the biggest reason for our feeling busy is all my appointments. My wonderful mid-wife is a little more than an hour away. She's completely worth the drive. But it takes half of a day, and of course I'm far enough along now that I have to go every week. Plus, I'm going to the chiropractor twice a week, so we're just at that point in the pregnancy when there are lots of places to go. In other words, I'm ready to have the baby so we'll get into our slower schedule. And really, by the time I'll be moving about again, soccer will be almost over. It's just a busy two months.

Anyway! Back to our first week of school. We got almost everything finished, which is amazing. And had some fun while we were doing it! (Please don't judge me for these pictures, but this is what our school table looks like!)

Our morning meetings were wonderful. It's everyone's favorite part of the day. Eowyn loves the Shakespeare book. Gideon loves Aesop's fables and the Virtues book. Esmond sings our calendar song (This is the Day that the Lord has Made). We do our memory work, copywork, and we listen to a fairy tale.

We've been listening to the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, but the reader is terrible. He even yawned while he was reading at one point! So I tried reading, but we weren't moving along very quickly because of time. So back to listening. Which is probably the wrong way to go. We were really enjoying the stories when I was reading, even if the language is a bit older. I was amazed at how much the kids were understanding without explanation. So, I should pick it up and start reading again.

Math and language studies have been going well. The only thing I'm missing is our Greek and Latin studies; those keep getting thrown under the bus. Literally! Since we're always running out the door these days.

Geography took some thought because the tracing paper was causing tears. But a little tape keeps it down, and makes the tears go away.

Our history notebooks were a lot of fun. They really enjoyed diving into Columbus and coloring, cutting, and decorating their notebooks. We put the timeline in first, and did a little studying about what was going on around the time of Columbus.



Art was also great. We spent a little time every morning looking at John Singleton Copley's works. We noticed that he mostly worked on portraits, each portrait had one color that stood out, and Copley had his subjects hold something that we assumed was important to them. So at the end of the week, the kids worked on portraits of each other. We picked out pictures of them to work with rather than trying to stay still for each other. Gideon's picture was in his t-ball uniform with his medal, and Eowyn's picture was with the first meal she's cooked on her own (quesadillas). Gideon did need some help with his outline, but hopefully throughout the year we'll calm down when it comes to things he can't do well on the first try.




Esmond ran around, or sat in his seat, generally disrupting but sometimes being pretty good. During math one day, this is where he wound up under the table. So cute!
Our second week is going much the same as the first; busy, busy. Anybody else feeling extra busy with the first of September? It'll calm down, sometime after Christmas!





12 comments

  1. Sounds great.... what a blessing to teach our own children and train them as we do other types of learning. :) Thank you for sharing.

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  2. It looks like you are off to a great start! This time of year is just busy. Hang in there, Mama, and enjoy the ride.

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    1. Thanks Nikki! It is starting to slow down the closer we get to the end of September, which makes me very grateful. Thanks for visiting!

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  3. Your week certainly looks productive! Great job! Thanks for joining the #laughlearnlinkup!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Michelle, and for the link up! (You comment helped me remember to add the link to this post. It was late last night!)

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  4. Visiting from the LaughLearnLinkup - love the picture of the napper with stickers on his head. It could have happened in my house!

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    1. Thanks for visiting Abi! I love the napper too!

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  5. I love the timeline history learning too! (And I can't believe the reader yawned on the book!!!) Looks like you are very busy... I remember having to drive an hour away for an all natural pediatrician... Unfortunately, it IS worth it... May you get some rest soon! 7 days a week is too many on the road and with homeschooling and being pregnant... Rest up this weekend dearie :) Thanks for linking up with the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week too!

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    1. Thanks JES, I am trying to rest up as much as possible, and we've had a bunch of rain that has canceled several soccer practices (and disappointed the kids) in the last week or so. And this week my midwife came to my house instead of me going there. She's so awesome. Anyway, thanks for reading JES.

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