Today was our first day of the school year. You would think I would have remembered to take pictures on the actual day, but no, eleven years into this homeschooling thing, and I still can't seem to get that part down. Yet. There's always next year.
For now, I have some photos from our "Don't Go Back to School" dinner last Friday. We had build-your-own pizzas, a family favorite. Sorry, shirts optional, thanks to kids coming in from the pool just long enough to scarf down dinner.
You know your name is difficult to spell when your own child gets it wrong...
Today went exceptionally well, thanks in no small part to the fact that a young lady at our church was here all morning, helping wrangle the little kids, holding the baby, reading to them, doing crafts, and generally preserving my sanity. It was a huge blessing to me, and made a world of difference. I find being interrupted while trying to focus on a task at hand (such as teaching Algebra) very stressful, and by the time the little kids' naps roll around, I am usually pretty well nigh spent, but still have to spend the afternoon hours getting the older kids caught up.
But not so today! We were done with all subjects, including five kids taking turns practicing piano during baby Boaz' awake times (a small logistical challenge), by early afternoon. My sanity intact, I took the older kids to the library during nap time, only to realize upon arriving that today was a holiday... ah well! I got the kids a round of fruit popsicles to make up for the disappointment. It really was a good day all around, as even the kids agreed. You wouldn't believe it, but after four months of summer break, they were a bit reluctant to start school again.
I will share about our chore system in another post. Here are a few quick shots of charts I made for each of the older children to help keep them on track in their schoolwork all year long. They each also have a syllabus for every major subject, showing them what lesson they are supposed to be in on any given day.
It seems crazy how fast time is flying by. I really want to soak in these last few years I have with my big kids. The oldest ones virtually never need my help with their school work any more, which is both exciting and sad.
Homeschooling is a blessing as much for the parents as it is for the children.