Thursday, September 6, 2012

First Day of School

Originally, I had planned to start school yesterday, the Wednesday after Labor Day, which is when I used to start school as a child and when our town opens the public schools. But, my husband teaches in a district that starts today, so Jordan convinced me to do the same.

So what do homeschoolers do on the first day of school? Approximately 1,972,433 different things. Actually, some of the 1,972,433 don't acknowledge a "first day of school". They just keep going with their usual activities, which include education.

I can tell you what we did at our house.....

Jordan knew I would wake him up at 7:15 for a 7:30 school start, so he got up at 6:00 to do his "own stuff" which included reading, drawing and a computer game.

We each did our own Bible lesson at 7:30 and then moved right on to our history reading.

After our breakfast break we rode our bikes down to the BMX track and Jordan took a few stabs at beating his fastest time.

Back at home we dissected a seed pod, studied a little French and learned about graphs in math.

We finished up at 10:30 and Jordan went into his self-directed educational hours. After a little baseball, he rode down to the library to make a bar graph related to his family tree and check his email. The email had some information that he added to the tree. Genealogy is his current special interest.

Next is lunch and chores and more self-directed educational time, followed by 4H.

Doesn't seem very exciting --- but it is :) I am very grateful for the freedom to follow our own schedule and interests and I love the extra time with my son.

How was your first day of school?

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