Monday, August 28, 2006

1st Day of School

Today was H's first day of 1st grade. She was so excited to begin school today! When I took out her Bible book to do Bible she was a bit concerned, wondering where the school work was that was like the stuff we did last year. I told her it would be coming, but that we had to begin with Bible. She forgot that last year I would read a Story Bible to them at breakfast time! So, she has Bible, Phonics/English, Handwriting, Spelling, History, and Reading. On Wednesday and Friday instead of History she will have Science. Today we had music and Wednesday's we'll have art, although that may change once she begins Piano Lessons.














While we did school, this is what 2 year old G was up to. I have begun getting things together to occupy him during school time, but it is not yet organized. So, meanwhile he takes every toy and book out and drives me nuts! Some things I have for him- empty oatmeal container, felt board with felt pieces, Aquadoodle, Silly putty, telephone, Crayola Color Wonder book, old calendars and other things.














I interspersed J's work in with H's to give them each breaks. When he wasn't working he was helping G create a mess in here. Maybe they thought they were creating a masterpiece? I am wondering if I should start teaching in the dining room, but all of my supplies are in the play/schoolroom. I guess I will figure it out as we go along.














As I was teaching H I almost began to cry. Even though my boys were creating a monstrous mess and it was bothering me I was just so proud to once again be teaching my daughter. I just had this peace that I was in the place I should be- home with my children and teaching them. She was just so eager to begin as was I. She took a spelling pretest and got all of the words right. Even though they are words like sit, sin, hit and she can read them she really hasn't written them from memory. I must admit I think she is smart;) I think that Phonics, English and reading will be a breeze for her as she can read words well beyond a K-1st grade comprehension. Once we finished and cleaned up our mess we headed to McDonald's and played with friends! It was quite a good first day of school! School only took 2.5 hours today, but most of H's was review, so I am sure it will get longer over time! Posted by Picasa

9 comments:

Nanny & Papa said...

Way to go Hannah and Josiah on your first day of school. Just think of all the neat things you will learn this year. With the mess Gabe makes, I would take alot out of there as I'm sure they don't read all those books! Perhaps change them around from time to time. Also see which toys they actually play with and keep those in there and put the rest away. I call it decluttering! :)

Anonymous said...

Good for you!! It sounds like you all got off to a great start. Hannah's getting so big.
God bless,
Loriann

Christine said...

Wow, what a great first day! H sure sounds like a sweet and smart girl. I have a 19 month old boy who is a charming, little mischief boy, so I can definitely relate about having one who gets into everything. They are just so darling at that age, even if they are a handful. I am so glad that your day was blessed as you led your children in His ways.

Jodie said...

Its funny to see pics of your toys and see some of the same toys that my kids have. :)

Yay for doing a good job with your kids and school!

Choppzs said...

Congrats to you all on your first day! I hope you still have all your hair when you are done!! lol Messes drive me bananas too! lol

Amie said...

Looks like your got off to a great start. Our boys make messes like that every day, the day wouldn't feel complete without one :D At least their getting better at cleaning it up.

Last year Isaac did his work wherever he wanted. That way I could go about my everyday things and help him when he needed it. Thats what i'm planning this year too.

DDK23 said...

She looks like such a good student! Just makes me want to go back to school.....ok well maybe not so much, but they are all cute.

Risa a.k.a. MomNoBlackHair said...

Sounds fun! :) Luke is pretty excited to start school but I don't have Jozie's books yet so Luke decided to start on his own last week! He did several pages in his math book without much help - makes me want to start him in second grade now but I think we will wait until about Thanksgiving or so...we will see how these first few weeks go!

Wethyb said...

Good for you! Glad the first day went so well!