Really, it is just Kindergarten but with that comes change, excitement, and challenges.
Our day to day has never really been scheduled. I mean, sure we get up and eat breakfast around the same time every day, we eat lunch and take naps around the same time every day and we even eat dinner around the same time every day. Aside from that, the kids and I have not really been on any kind of schedule. We have gone and done and played as we wanted and as time and moods allowed.
As of yesterday, that is all changing. My oldest is now in Kindergarten and so have begun our journey of home schooling. It is going to be a long journey and pretty much life as we know it from here on out as we plan to home school all of our children for quite some time.
I am sure we will tweak this schedule as we get into a groove, but here it is for now.
Living Life...day by day.
6am- wake up, time with the Lord
6:30am- work out and shower
7:30am- make coffee and milk cups
7:30- Kids are awake:
-bathroom and brush teeth
9:30am- 11am- School
11am-12:00- Outside play
1:00- 3pm- nap time
3:00-3:45- Story time/flash cards, etc (Monday-Wed)
*3:00-3:45- craft time (Tuesday and Thursday)
4-5pm- Free play in their rooms or outside (while I prepare dinner)
Friday- Free Day!!! (field trips or play dates)
As you can see, there is some time in between some of these slots not accounted for because I was unsure of how things would actually go so I wanted to leave myself some room.
Believe it or not, I really stressed myself out trying to figure out a schedule. I am sure this is partially due to me just being me and then throw in the plate of indecisive with a side of crazy (remember that post) and well, you've got yourself a mess!
Scheduling aside, our first day was a success...could've been better but also could've been worse. I am looking forward to enjoying this time with them. I am quite certain that I will be learning some valuable lessons as well, like patience.
Here he is, my big boy. He insisted on wearing his backpack for the long walk to school from his bedroom to the kitchen table. No arguments here...it was pretty cute and he was excited.
And of course little brother is doing school too, because he does everything his big brother does! I think he was the most excited, especially when I gave him his own special notebook and crayons for school too.
There was no way baby girl was going to be left out of this adventure. She was also thrilled about her special school notebook and crayon box too.
And I am pretty excited too....about this curriculum that is! After looking at MANY home school curriculum's out there, My Father's World is what we decided upon. As you have probably guessed by the name, it is a biblically based curriculum, which is what we really wanted. It is really pretty great as it combines the best of Charlotte Mason, classical education, and unit studies with a biblical overview and international focus. I could go on and on about it myself, but if you're interested, you should check it out yourself at www.mfwbooks.com.
The first ten days is an introduction lesson on Creation. The first day they learned about how God created the light and called the light, day and the dark, night. We are doing some really fun hands on things to go along with this lesson which I will sure in the days to come.
Do you home school your children? If so, what curriculum do you use? How does your daily schedule look? Any tips from any home school veterans out there for some newbies like me?! Bring it on! :)