Monday, August 23, 2010

Our first Day of School 2010-2011

Pin It Now!   Today August 23,2010 we actually did it, we started out second year of Homeschooling. I felt guilty at first as the PS kids do not actually start until September 7th but Nick, my oldest has Freshman Enrichment at the High School this week from 8-Noon so I thought it would be a great time to get back into our school routine. We have been easing into our Fall routine this past week by starting up our stricter chores schedules, in the Summer we are kind of Lax about chores, they get done when they get done and we will pick up the slack so they can play with their friends, I found this Summer that this did not work as well as the past so I do not think we will be doing that again. The younger boys are expected to have their chores completed by the start of school each morning. Between the two of them they are to tidy their shared bedroom and make their beds, if their hamper is full get it to the laundry room in the basement. The kitchen floor is to be swept and the dining room table to be clear of anything that doesn't belong there, the bathroom tidied, IE free of laundry,shower and bath towels and toiletries to be put up where they belong, typically the only ones needing to be put away are their own anyway. Also the living room tidied up and all of their belongings taken and put away, books, video games and such and the living room and hall vacuumed. Last but certainly not least pets fed and watered 2 cats and 2 bunnies. If they put their minds to it and work together they normally complete this all in less than 20 minutes as it is kept up on a daily basis there really is not much to do the majority of the time is spent vacuuming, sweeping,making beds and feeding the pets.
  We do breakfast during bible time at the school tables in the classroom. I did start this week off light we are not doing major math just refresher drills so this cuts at least 30 minutes off our schedule which you can see here. Partly to ease into things and the other reason being we have to pick Nick up at school everyday at Noon, which is usually when we try to be done with school. September 7th we will start full swing schedule when Nick starts his normal school year. Here are some pictures from our first day.
                                                     Taylor 10 yrs 10 months

Alyxander 12yrs 1 month
Taylor preparing his Bible Memory Verse notebook

Alyx preparing his Bible Memory Verse Notebook
Taylor preparing his Passport Application for MFW ECC
Alyx getting his Passport Application ready as well
Kazz watching us do school although hard to do when he is laying on my teacher's book

                                             Getting their Geography Binders in order
Taylor truly enjoying school
Alyx focusing hard
Teacher's Pet Kazz
Alyx addressing his passport envelope to get ready to "mail" it
Taylor addressing his envelope as well
Mission accomplished Alyx has "mailed" his passport application
Taylor dropping his application in the "mail" too.

4 thoughts shared:

Mom vs. the boys said...

good luck this year!!!

Rhonda said...

Looks like a great first day back! Good luck on your 2nd year of homeschooling!

The little old mom who lived in a shoe said...

This is our 2nd year, too. Last year I pulled my kids out of ps in October so we got to start at home this year. We started 2 weeks ago and local ps didn't start til yesterday. I think our kids know how blessed they are, don't you? At least most of the time. :)

Hen Jen said...

loved all the photos, looks like you are off to a great start! I loved Kazz, we have an orange cat, also.