As I look back on the first four weeks of homeschooling, I am very thankful. I have had more good days than bad. My kids are happy, refreshed, energized. I have seen Hannah and Will's friendship grow... they are encouraging one another, creating forts in the backyard and having grand adventures. Sure they fight and aggravate each other, but not as much as I thought they would. Our lives are just moving at a more tolerable pace. We are staying organized and doing daily chores - which actually really makes a difference in my work load. I am amazed how structure at home helps keep us all sane. I have only called my husband crying once. : )
I am learning what works and what doesn't. A friend had, what I thought to be, a great idea of filling a big plastic bin with dried beans, cups, buckets, measuring spoons, etc. to entertain Peter. An indoor "sand" box if you will. Bad idea. Beans *everywhere*. Last night, a veteran homeschool mom was telling me how she would give her toddler a bucket of water and a paintbrush and send him out to "paint the fence." I am so going to try that next week. The reality of having a two year-old has meant that we do some school during naptime. I'd love to get through all our lessons in the morning, but that doesn't always happen. I have discovered that Hannah likes to see all she has to do for the day and check it off as she goes. And that she *loves* to "teach" 2 year-olds - she has incredible patience with little boys! I now know Will could spend hours playing with math manipulatives and needs to run around in the backyard during every break.
Today, we finished our lessons early, packed a lunch, and headed to a park. It was a beautiful, early fall day. I am really enjoying my kids! So, so thankful!
Glimpses of our week....
Hannah painting her name on an Egyptian scroll in hieroglyphics.Watercolors and the color wheel.
Wednesday's lessons for Hannah to check off....Will loves math!Sorting colors (almost). These kept Peter's attention during math lessons.
Proof that Hannah does math, too. Not just art. (Did I mention I have an art degree? We do a lot of art!)