Friday, September 3, 2010

First Week of Learning


We made it - our first week back to school!

This year I have set a goal that is to be by my student's side no matter how hard it is going to be.  In the past, I have not been so diligent with that.  However, since I have gotten my basic daily plan down.  I realized the only interruption I had no self control over were the outside phone calls during school hours.  I answered to all the calls and thus affected our concentration in studying.  I decided to let the machine take over that job this year.  It was hard on the first day (for all of us), but it got easier as the week went on. 

With the new plan, I would check my email right before school starts and do all of my reply at lunch time unless it is an easy reply such as to say yes or no to a event invitation.  I would check the inbox again right after school time and quickly read some of my favorite blogs as a mental wind down.  I would write a quick post if everyone is out of the house (for extra activities) except Peter and me (like right now) and then I will proceed to making dinner and onto my evening routines or enjoy the evening (on Friday) with cookies and a good movie.

This means I am going to do that tonight because today is Friday!!! Yay!

This week has gone smoothly but we have not had the co-op classes jump into the picture yet.  Hopefully by the time that happens, we are prepared enough for it.

Joshua has been Acing his quizzes so he is very motivated and that makes teaching him so much easier. 

We have had some hick-ups with his math before bust I spent two hours on Tuesday helping him to refresh the long number division problems and he grasped it!  We were so excited!  I could imagine if he is in a public school he would probably not able to sit for that amount of time to tackle that math struggle.  He would be too tired at night to try to remember what he did not understand at school during the math class session.  I am so thankful that we homeschool and that we could go at the student's own pace on all the subjects.

Well, I am ready for a relaxing evening with my family.  Hope you are having a blessed one, too!

I organized Peter's drawer using the plastic shoe boxes from the work-box system.  Joshua enjoyed the work-box system last year but we both agree that he is too old for the system this year.  I am starting Peter right now so he would get used to seeing the boxes.  It also helps a great deal comes clean up time.  Peter and I have fun "sorting" the toys as we put them back into the drawer! 

I left the box that is holding the "books of the day" out for him to enjoy at the play table.

3 comments:

SmallWorld at Home said...

Not answering the phone is a MUST for me! I always think it's funny when my homeschooling friends call during school hours.

SmallWorld at Home said...

Not answering the phone is a MUST for me! I always think it's funny when my homeschooling friends call during school hours.

Our Lives said...

I agree! Our schooling days have never been that smooth sailing like last week in years! The power of distraction. Oi.