It is not much different when you homeschool. The excitement of a new year is still there. We still go shopping...just not for as much. We order books and boy, the day those arrive is a special day. We stock up on supplies to get us through a portion of the year. This year in preparation for our school year, I wanted Jamie to build a divider for our school room. I wanted the divider to be made of white board on one side and bulletin board on the other. I was quite pleased with how it turned out. The kiddos got in on the action and helped him build it.
|It is not quite finished in this picture. Jamie had to go back and add a 2x4 in the center to stabilize it. Please excuse LR's hair. It had not been brushed when she jumped in the picture.|
Everyone was excited to begin this year. I bought a basket for each of my kiddos to put their books in when at the table. They have a cubby in the school closet that they get put up in when not in use. I bought a small trash can for each one. Each book basket and trash basket are specific colors picked out by my sweetlings. I wanted some way to keep our school area as clutter free as possible. I had each person's books and supplies put in their place for the first day. I had our schedule all figured out and we went over the schedule first thing. We got up, ate breakfast together and got started. It was a great first day. For first days of school, I would say it was very productive. It really is kind of neat how excited everyone got in anticipation of the first day of school. I mean seriously, who does not love the smell of new books. The thrill of opening a new pack of crayons or markers is so intrinsic.
The first day of school is always an exciting time. Here are a couple of pictures from our first day in August.
|I'm digging the stitches above Coop's right eye! A souvenir from vacation.|