The plan was to ease into school today. This is the first year I've formally drafted a schedule. To all the unschoolers out there this is going to sound torturous, but if you have a middle schooler who needs to get through necessary required subjects, a schedule is the way to go. Having a schedule keeps me on track too. I tend to be an abstract random, easily distracted kind of girlie and having a check list ensures the required material gets done. Also, on a positive note, we accomplish a lot more and the kids love the feeling of a successful, productive day. I can tell they were happy to get back on schedule after a couple weeks of nothing much planned, fly by the seat of your pants living.
Our schedule is drafted with ample room for grace. We didn't even stick to it entirely today (not a big surprise for me). Some subjects took a little longer than planned. Some were shorter than planned. The good news is, we were done by 1:30 leaving hours for playing outdoors!
|Our big boy is looking very big this year!|
Next we hit the books. From the interest expressed today, I'd say we did a pretty good choosing the curriculum this year. Each child was excited to pull out their new books and get to work. Our daughter even had a friend over this afternoon and they sat on the sofa going over all her texts. She seemed pretty proud of her curriculum. Maybe she's her mother's daughter.
|Here's a few of our books.|
|This is a great planner for the homeschool teacher.|
|It's divided into 4 sections for 4 children. I do one for each child and one section for "All" so I don't have to individually record what we do as a group.|
After finishing our reading, bookwork, and other activities, we made sugar cookies. My girlie loves her sugar cookies!
|Making fall leaves|
|The start of school means fall is around the corner.|