Tuesday, August 27, 2013

1st Day of Homeschool!

Yesterday we had a busy, but quite successful first day of homeschool!
I can't believe I have a kindergartener!
After a crazy year+ for us, Michael seems eager to have structured learning time.
He is very excited to do ANY school activities (so far, anyway).
We actually started reading lessons this summer and he is doing quite well!
But let's not discount the little guy, either.
So far, he insists on sitting with us....
so I give him educational activities for a while
and then just small toys at the table.
I know he is paying attention because he breaks out in our songs from time to time.
Today, when he heard "Frere Jacques" on Pandora, he sang our Trinity song instead.
Smart kid.  Same tune.  Different words.  Love him!
Sometimes I have to gently remind Michael that Christopher is much younger...
For example,
The boys were coloring shamrocks
(learning about the Trinity),
and Christopher's was very scribbly.
Michael started to say something to Christopher
in his "you're doing it wrong" voice.
I quickly stopped him with a gentle "remember, he's only 3" voice.
To my surprise, he changed his tone and said
something nice about liking Christopher's work instead.
Brotherly love!  Melt my heart!
I definitely had a proud Mommy moment on our first day, too....
 Michael wrote "God" all by himself on his Trinity shamrock.
(See below - We'll work on the 'd' another day!)

Lizzy is begging for attention!
We are working towards naptime during school. 
She loves the doggies!
Michael was so excited by a sticker chart I made
that he read 7 little books just to put stickers by them!
We designated the kitchen table area for school...
I have a closet in the laundry room devoted to school supplies.
I love our artwork display wall!
I feel so blessed to be able to homeschool our children.
Just 2 years ago, Casey and I were both working full time AND part time jobs.
Not only did God reveal to us that our priorities needed to change,
but He moved mountains to make our current lifestyle possible.
There were some hard days that brought us here,
but I am extremely happy and blessed to be here.
I can already see I have a lot to learn on our homeschool journey,
but I am ready and willing for God to walk me through it!
<>< Stacy

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