Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Homeschooling: Day One

As you all know, (because you all religiously read my blog whenever I randomly decide to post something) I have been working diligently for the past couple of weeks days on and off yesterday (evening) to clean and organize our "homeschool room" so that we could officially start our first day of school today.
Moved the dresser out.  As you can see it made a HUGE difference...
Moved out and collapsed all the empty boxes.
As you can see THAT made a huge difference.  See?  FLOOR!!

Finally organizedish.  No, don't look over at the other side of the room!
 Today we woke up bright and early at 9ish am.  I know.  It's a miracle.  My kids actually slept in on the first day of school.  One of the perks of homeschooling.  I can consider it a good thing to sleep in on the first day of school!  So, after a nutritional well rounded breakfast of toast and cold hotdogs  (What? That's what they asked for!  It is too nutritional.  I put cream cheese on the toast so that's three whole food groups right there!) around 9:30ish am, we began.

It was a long grueling day.  It was touch and go there for awhile but finally we made it through.  At 10:45ish I breathed a sigh of relief.  Day one down.  We can do this!
Winding down after school with some "colorin."
Another benefit to homeschooling.  The day can last just over an hour.  I called my husband to tell him we were finished and it had gone well.  He about had a panic attack.  How can we already be done?!  Did we actually do anything?  Yes.  Now granted this is the Pre-school curriculum and it actually calls for 45 minutes a day.  It would probably have gone more quickly if everything had been totally organized, like it totally will be, tomorrow next week sometime in the nearish future.  It did take me a few minutes to pull out the right book and scan through the teacher instructions.  Also, I added a little bit of extra material.  Not much today because for the first week I want to mainly stick with the curriculum.  Next week I can start getting a little more creative.

Now, I realize I made a grave error by calling my husband at 11:00 to tell him we were done for the day.  Because when he gets home tonight he will ask me, "So, what did you do for the rest of the day?"  I don't think, "beat three hands of Spider Solitaire" is the answer he will want to hear.  Next time I will have to call him at 4:59 and tell him we just got finished and I am so worn out, but am going to try to start a load of dishes, while sorting laundry, and preparing dinner.  That will be his cue to say, "Don't worry about it darling, you just go lay down and rest.  I will bring home dinner and after we eat I will clean the kitchen before I do all the laundry and organize the homeschool room for you.  Why don't you catch up on some Spider Solitaire?"

When all was said and done I asked my son if he wanted to "do school" again tomorrow.  He got a very distressed look on his face and shook his head no emphatically.  "You don't want to do school again?"  Well, yes.  But... I want to do it again today!"

I'll count that as success!