Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Homeschooling Day 1

Today we are supposed to start homeschooling. It is now 9 am. Only one of the boys has had breakfast.  No one's bed is made. the books are still in the cabinet. Two boys are fighting, one is crying, the other is smirking because he made his brother cry, and one boy is hiding in his bedroom as far from the other two as possible just in case some of the blame for the bad behavior should spill over one him.  Great start.


Today's plan was to start slow. List what everyone, including mom, hopes to study this year.  Look over all the new books.  Do a little math, a little writing, and work on a daily school schedule. I am having a few problems figuring out how to school 3 kids at 3 different grades all at once.  I expect we will work it out eventually. When I home schooled Alonzo year before last it took about two months to settle into a  schedule that worked.  Hopefully it will go faster this time.  

In addition to the academic basics of reading, writing, math, science, and history, I really want to teach life skills like simple cooking and the basics of sewing and most importantly MANNERS. What  skills, academic or otherwise, do you think are essential for kids to learn?

They finally quit fighting and are checking out their new math manipulatives. Things are looking up, fingers crossed. 

I set out all their books on a blanket for then to look at but they just grabbed the math stuff and took it to the table to play with.

6 comments:

LeesOnTheGo said...

Sounds like you all have quite an adventure ahead! Enjoy! =)

Becky said...

Sounds like 90% of our homeschooling days :) Best of luck! Looks like a lot of fun and hard work. The multiple grades thing was the hardest for me. Luckily my oldest is both independent and stubborn and wanted to figure it out on his own a lot.

Monica said...

1. potty training. 2. being honest. 3. delegating. if i had more time i could think of more. ;o) BEST OF LUCK - and which of the mullins boys has SHORT HAIR??? jesus save us.

Shannon said...

Grayson has short hair and actually he is pissed that his hair is so long, he wanted to be Bob, which I am assuming doesn't mean he wants a new name but he actually wants to be bald.

1. Potty trained for which I mostly credit you. I can remember saying M doesn't poo in HIS pants. Frequently. 2. Honesty I think that boat has sailed, G is an accomplished fibber. SIGH. 3. Delegating, still working on that one. Getting better. Kids are doing dishes now most nights.

Just US said...

Hoping for a great year! Although the day didn't start great, it seemed to have turned around by the end! Good luck! I will be starting our year shortly!

TulipGirl said...

We were going to start last week. . . but then house guests, VIPs and mommy going crazy has put us off another week. . .


Y:all will hyave fun!