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?