Tuesday, September 1, 2009

First Day of School

The dog days of summer have ended. Our pool temperature dropped dramatically so I am guessing we are done with swimming for the year. Back to homeschool work today. My schedule is nutty so I wanted to start earlier this year. The kids were fine with it. We can finish up all of our lessons for the day in a matter of a few hours. We also only do one subject a day and that really helps the kids focus on the subject at hand.

Morgan worked on Language Arts and Reading today. She got a lot done in a very short time.

Tae worked on some painting. He's just getting used to the idea of school so this week is more of an introduction for him of what to expect.

He did some basic coloring today. He knows all of his colors, shapes, alphabet and numbers 1-10, so we are off to a good start. Working with him on the daily calendar has really helped him with his number recognition. We are still working on the days of the week and months of the year.

Tae was so cute this morning and brought me a apple for the teacher as we started our day. He wanted to sit next to me at my desk.

More coloring and following directions. We also read Chicka-Chicka-Boom Boom.

And he worked on Rhyming words. He has been having difficulty with rhyming words but today flew through the page.

We did some syllable work too. He did great.

Patrick, my eighth grader got right down to work on the computer working on English Literature and his story that he wrote all summer. It's an amazing story that I'll publish for him when he's done. It's about thirty pages long so far. He decided to do this all by himself this summer. This is the same child who couldn't finish a thought on paper in public school.

Homeschool happens everywhere, even on the living room couch. Morgan decided she needed more comfortable accomodations to do her Open Court Reading.

She liked the very first story about The Class President and decided she wanted to be President of our homeschool. Election here we come!

This is here next story about Soccer which she would like to read now. Soccer practice also starts this week and sign language class next week.
Morgan also read every single Harry Potter book this summer just because she wanted to.
She loved them.
That's the biggest gift of homeschooling, seeing your kids take charge of what they are doing and enjoying the process. It's a treat to watch them grow and learn and find out what interests them.
We are back to the library this afternoon. Books do not last long in this house.
Time to replenish and restock and Patrick ordered the Spiderwick chronicles from the librarian.
He's dying to get his hands on them.

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