Tuesday, September 2, 2014

First Day of Homeschooling!

We waited until the local public schools started up again to begin our Homeschooling Adventure (to make sure that Alex and her neighborhood friends got every last second of summer playtime in), so today was the day.  The First Day of First Grade and the First Day of Preschool.  Look at these two-- I can't believe how grown-up they both are :-)  And the dog is pretty, too.....(although she was having a really hard time staying in a 'sitz' for the photo)
Our first day went very well.  Daddy worked from home today, so he joined us on our morning walk.  We managed to whisk through all my plans by, oh, 11:00am or so ;-P   I discovered that planning for a classroom of 1 is much different than planning for a classroom of 25.  It will take a while to find our rhythm, but I think we're headed in the right direction.
Here are some moments from our first day of Homeschooling.

Breakfast:  Porridge and a very special 'first day of school' celebration ring.

 Morning walk-- we practiced walking and biking some of our forms while Daddy tried to photograph whilst holding onto a very excited puppy.

 After Morning Circle, we had Justin's lesson.  We are using the Waldorf Essentials Preschool curriculum, which presents (weekly) a short little seasonal story about a gnome.  Justin was captivated by the story, and will get to explore it each day this week.  At this age, repetition is extremely important. 
 Alex had music right after Justin's lesson.  She is learning basic rhythm (ta's and ti's..) and the first few notes on the recorder.

 After having a Math lesson outside (the qualities of ONE and going over our ONE Facts-  1= 1x1;  1= 1/1; 1=1+0, 1=0+1; 1=10-9, 1=9-8, etc), playing hopscotch and having a picnic snack, we did an art session.  Alex was super-frustrated that I only gave her one color to work with today.  At this point she declared that "Ana and Emma are probably having WAY more fun than I am."  Luckily we get to graduate to two colors the next time we paint, so I'm not too worried about her.
It was time for lunch after our wet-on-wet watercolor experience, and then we played most of the afternoon (with one small 'practice period' for her recorder).  All in all, I was very pleased with the first day of school.  I do predict that my household chores/upkeep will be in a bit of chaos for a while, as we find our footing.  We'll power through.  Here's to a GREAT 2014-2015 School Year!

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