Monday, August 3, 2009

The First Day

was a success.

School was done by 2:36 p.m. Piano practice and all =]

I need to work on Bradley though. He needs more one on one time and I can't give it to him while I'm doing botany, history, math, and phonics with the other ones. So he got bored and made messes and got into things. He did his workbox but he still needs lots of help doing the things I put in there. I think I am going to have to start a special "school time" with just him for when I'm done with the others. I don't know. Still thinking this one through.

Kyle didn't like school at all LOL. He spent most of the morning sitting under the table at Haley's feet fussing/crying. After lunch I was able to get him occupied in a few things. And once Ally was done with her school she helped a lot and played with him. So we need to work on that too =]

All in all I think it wasn't too bad. There were just a few times when Tyler had to wait maybe 5 minutes for me to be done with someone else. So I had him get out his "extra" folder with things to pass the time. Science (botany) took longer than I thought. For them to write/illustrate in their notebooks, but how can you rush creativity? lol

Lunch worked out great because I packed each of them a lunch the night before. Lunch time came and they all got their bags and ate and then got right back to work. YAY! Works much better than our old way- that took up to 45 mins. Ugh.

I already have the workboxes filled for tomorrow. I worked on that while Haley was finishing up her last folder and Ally and Ty were already done.

I think this is going to work for us =] Everyone liked that they knew what they needed to do and knew when they were done. They also saw that it didn't take us all day and when they realized they were done by 2 (except Haley who went to 2:36) they were thrilled so I think this will keep them motivated.

That's all the update I have time for right now because I do need to get dinner started and cloth diapers in the wash =]

btw I LOVED the little "chores" card I added to their workboxes. It helped keep me sane =] lol When they get to that they ask me what I want them to do. When it was Ally's turn I had her clean up the floor from Kyle's mess. (It was nice to not see that mess anymore and not have to think about it lol). Tyler's turn I had him straighten up his room. And Haley's turn was to straighten up her room.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing! I'm itching to get started, but I still have so much to do to get it ready for our first year--too little space in our little 900 sq ft! Painting, re-arranging, organizing OTHER spaces so that I can move stuff out of school space! Anyway, you've given me so many good ideas with your posts!