Homeschooling is hard. I thought I knew what I was getting into since we did our “soft launch” in March. I was not prepared.
I detailed out our plans in the last post. And we stuck to them for the first week. I made a schedule board on the side of the fridge for my gal who loves to ask, “What’s next?”. We fell into a routine of starting our Bible as everyone was finishing up breakfast. We then transitioned to Saxon Math because it has a Morning Meeting and calendar time built into it. We then did our Explode the Code work. Followed by Handwriting without Tears and Phonics Museum. And then we did the subject of the day, either reading a book together, doing a science project, or going for a nature walk.
It all lined up perfectly with what my student told me she wanted before the school year began. It was just a little flat. As flat as the worksheets we were completing. There was way more “seatwork” than I wanted and towards the end of the week Lucy was complaining that looking at all the words were “hurting her brain”.
We still had fun together, but I went into the second week ready to transition to something that looked a little more like interest-led unit studies vs. traditional schooling.
Our first week of homeschool co-op went well. It gets a little dicey at the end when baby’s ready for a nap.
Lots of playing, inside and out.
Science is her favorite subject so we broke out the science kit a few times.
Typical first week of school shenanigans.
As soon as the crayons and markers come out, the boys are ready to join in!
So I decided that one of the biggest assets of homeschool is changing everything up until you settle into what fits right. So change we did.