First Day of School 2011-2012



Disclaimer:  Before you read this post, please understand that I really do love homeschooling my children.  Oh, one more thing...if you're planning on homeschooling someday, maybe you don't want to read this post.  ;)

I wasn't going to start school today because we just got home yesterday from camping with our friends from church and I have mounds and mounds of laundry and cleaning to do.  However, my daughter woke up all excited to start school, so how can you say "no" to that?!

After dressing herself in a special outfit for her first day, she woke up her brothers and I gave them their pile of this year's school supplies.  They have so much fun getting new stuff for school (and I have fun buying it!).

Then we had a very nutritious breakfast of Oreo cookies and milk.  I thought this was a great idea, but the meltdowns about an hour after "breakfast" may be an indication that so much sugar before school (or ever) is, in fact, a bad idea.

After "breakfast", we all sat down to do some Bible reading, praying, and Pledge of Allegiance-ing.  I don't recall ever starting the day out like that before, but I found that while Oreo cookies was not a good idea, this was!  The kids, and I, enjoyed this time together before we entered into other academics (and it was really cute to see little Matthew standing on a chair holding a small American flag trying to say the words to a pledge that he obviously doesn't know yet :) ).  I thought that our day would go super smoothly since we had such a great start.  Boy, was I wrong.

After our "circle time", we did math.  This is when the chaos started.  Emilia and Jonny can basically do math on their own, with a little coaching every now and then, but for some reason they really needed me at all times.  Then Matthew really needed me.  Tommy, who was suppose to be napping, also really needed me.  I'm pretty sure that's when the headache started...

Once we got to English/Spelling/Writing, I had had it.  I turned on a Baby Einstein for the little boys and worked with the older kids.  However, the whole time, Jonny was racing through his work (a.k.a. not doing a good job and having to do it over again) so that he too could watch the video.  Apparently Baby Einstein is a big hit in our house.

There were many moments of crying, whining, and frustration.  We finally ended the morning with only Math and English-type stuff completed.  SIGH of RELIEF.

So, not exactly the morning I had hoped for...

In the afternoon, my mother-in-law came over and we all went to the Children's Museum where the kids played and had a blast.  There was hardly anyone there because it was the first day of school for everyone else as well.

The kids went home afterwards and made paper mosaics (because of the ones they saw while at the museum) with Grama Robin (Art class!).

Gotta love a mirror that makes your legs look incredibly long and skinny.  I should buy one for my house. :)

The day ended with statements like, "This was the BEST first day of school EVER!" and "You're the BEST mom EVER."

Thankfully, kids don't hold grudges against grumpy mothers and can still see the good despite the bad.

Looking forward to a better day tomorrow (prayerfully), but tonight, I'm going to bed tired!

I didn't notice the "LAUGH" on the side of this mosaic until I was writing this post.  Very fitting.  Wish I would have!


Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This made me laugh! Glad to know you are not the "perfect mom" either, but also glad that each day is a new day! I'm sure tomorrow will go better :) PS I was also thinking, man, she is skinny!!! when I looked at that picture with the mirror! Ha!

Heidi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Erin, you can just keep thinking I look like that girl in the mirror. :)
I'm also glad that each day is a new day!

Kate @ Bliss and That said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I feel you!! Especially having basically the same "layout" of children! :) Some days I have to work up a lot of courage to start school! Hope you have a great year!

Heidi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm sure you understand!! I also hope you have a great year - especially with the two new doggy additions! Yikes. You're brave. :)

Missional Mama said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Sounds like a typical day! Good to let people know what they are getting in to! :) Loved your honesty!

Amy @ Missional Mama

Heidi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks Amy. :)

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