So today was our first day of home schooling. The co-op that we joined does not start until September 12th, but I already have all my teachers editions and most of the stuff I need to start. So I thought what better way then to ease into it on a Friday with a three day weekend. I looked over the lesson last night and everything was pretty straight forward. I was fortunate enough to get all the visuals with the curriculum I bought. I would not of normally spent the extra money on visuals but after having done just one day of school I would say they make all the difference in the world.
Some of our visuals for our first day.
Chicken and Boo were immediately engaged in the lesson. I loved how everything tied together in the different lessons. If we do home school next year I think it will be worth the extra money just to buy the visuals.
We started out with Boo sitting in on our lessons. I let her sit in with the idea if she got bored she could always go play. But she wanted to sit in the whole time. I initially was going to teach for 30 minutes then take a 15 minute break but Mason wanted to keep going so we worked for an hour. And then we took a 30 minute break and finished our last subject.
When we were done I said well that is it. He had this stricken look on his face and said but I want to do more! I said we will do more another day. He was so disappointed and then he said he wishes we could do it every day. I told him not to worry that we would except for the weekends.
We started at 9 and were done by 11 of course that included our 30 minutes break. But after we were done we went to run a few errands. It was so nice having all afternoon to run errands knowing we already had school done for the day. While were out we grabbed a snack at Panera Bread to celebrate our first day of school.
This is Boo wanting to know if she can have Mason’s cream cheese.
This is Mason basically telling her no.
After Panera we went to Toys R Us since it ‘s so close to the mall. The Chickens love to visit this store and just look around they would spend hours if you let them. One of their favorite things to do is “drive” the play cars.
I shudder to think she will be driving in 13 years.
While we were at Toys R Us Chicken made the comment that he wished he could go to school until he was a Grandpa! After we got home we went for a quick swim and then the Chickens chilled on the sofa.
Two tired Chickens..
It was so encouraging to me to have him so interested and to consider it “fun”. Especially for someone like me who does not consider themselves teacher material and who does not have any college under my belt. I figure if I can do it then anyone can do it.