We celebrated the end of summer break with a great day at the Indiana State Fair. Tomorrow Sean officially reports back in as a teacher. And we are now hours away from the beginning of the school year. Seriously, where did the time go?
This year we have a 6th, 5th, 3rd, 2nd grader and a very eager Kindergarten. I'm looking forward to getting back into the routine and the ways in which homeschooling serves to bring our family closer. Teaching forces me to turn off the world and sit and be with my children. I so enjoy the exchange of ideas that learning requires.
Don't get me wrong here. Not every day is met with sharpened pencils and smiling students. There are many struggles and obstacles, but we work hard to overcome them together. Never is God's answers to prayer more evident than when it comes to homeschooling.
Tonight I "introduced" each of the kids to their new books. They were so excited and obviously forgot some of the moaning of last Spring. I love that.
We also had a meeting and set the routine and rules for the year. All the kids had input in thinking about what makes school work well. These are promises that we make to one another and a commitment to help our day run as smoothly as possible. Little do they know that these really are boundaries for me. I would much rather fly by the seat of the pants and live life spontaneously. That, however, would be to their educational detriment and the house might implode on itself. I'm not kidding.
So here's a look into our routine and rules for 2008-2009. May the Lord be with us.
1. No TV or computer until after 4pm. So do not even ask if you can do either of these before that time.
2. Do not cry until you have talked with mom first. After that you can cry if you need.
3. Do not interrupt when someone is getting help.
4. No answering/calling on the phone during school hours (unless it's Dad or an emergency).
5. All books must be put away at the end of the day. No excuses.
6. We will drink at least 2 glasses of water throughout the course of the school day.
7:45-8:15 Everyone awake, dressed, bed made, breakfast complete
8:15-9:00 2 chores, brush teeth, get organized for school
9:00-11:30 School (morning snack)
11:30-12:15 1 chore, lunch, free time
12:15-3:30 children done with school work will rest and read/free time
Continue school work
3:30 2 chores/ Mom fix dinner
4:00 Free time
5:30 Dinner and one clean up chore
6:00-8:00 Family worship/evening activities
Lights out by 9:00