31Oct

What the First Day of School Looked Like

After our pep talk, I would like to tell you that I moved through Monday (our first official day of school) with grace and ease. But I’m pretty sure you all would throw something at your computer screens and call me a liar.

Y’all are edgy sometimes, you know that?

Anyway, it was just a soft launch for us. We’re slowly adding in one subject at a time until we’re up to full speed. I find this keeps my head explosions to a minimum and the kids take a while to notice we’re even doing school again. So this week, we began doing copywork. The kids love this routine and so do I, so it seemed like a good place to start. (We’re still finishing up summer science with the twins and math with everybody, so our days were already pretty school-ish.)

We read our devotion and I prayed over our year. Instead of handing out copywork like normal, I gave everyone their “Mommy verse” that I pray for them. Then I handed them a pillow case. They used fabric markers to copy their verse onto their very own pillow case.

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For the most part, it went pretty well and their creations were very sweet.

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Of course, when I instagrammed this photo, some of you were sharp enough to catch that right next to his verse about “fleeing youthful passions and pursuing righteousness and peace” Sam wrote “Ian Stinks.”

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Ah, brotherly love and the pursuit of righteousness…

We finished up the actual schooling fairly fast so I decided it was a good day to start learning some new tasks for the year. Per Aubrey’s suggestion, I taught my boys to make granola so we can quit spending a fortune on cereal each week. When I called her an hour later with oats all over my floor and a sword fight happening in my kitchen to lodge my complaint, She insisted she never TOLD me to do it, she just said I could.

Semantics.

There was only a smoky oven once and a few open doors took care of the smell. Mostly. Overall, they did rather well and the end product was delicious. I was super proud of them. They’ll have to do it again pretty soon, though, because this is all that’s left of what they made:IMG_8950

That will last about another day I suspect. Although it’s possible there’s another meal’s worth on the counter and my floors…

So. How did YOUR first days go? Grace and ease, right? ;-)

 *speaking of copywork – I am officially on staff with Brave Writer now as a teacher of their Kids Write Basic course. Registration opened yesterday and fills up fast, so I thought I’d mention it. The class is a great way to begin building a good writing relationship with your kids. They might even turn out poop poems worthy of Shakespeare. My original review of Brave Writer is here.  I will be teaching the October 28 – December 13 class. 

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  1. Sounds successful! I’ll tell you about my first day – whenever it happens. I haven’t quite decided yet. :-)

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