Monday, August 20, 2012

First Day of 7th and 5th!

7:30 am

Mom is caffeinated, has a load of laundry going, and is pulling today's work out of the files...


8:15 am

Kids are up, dressed, and having breakfast.  Then Dude feeds all the animals while Super puts away clean dishes and gives the dogs fresh water.

9:30 am

Gomez is all settled in for the first school day!

We start by filling out a fun First Day Questionnaire.  This is one of several things we'll put in our Time Capsule (to be opened at the end of the school year.)

10 am

First Day goodie bags!

Some new school supplies, Tic Tacs, a cute little journal, a mini Slinky, thinking putty (a.k.a. Silly putty) and a note from Mom.


Kids happily organize their workspace...then we head out for Nature Study.   (More on our Tree Study in another post.)


Lunch...and an impromptu science experiment.  Dude wants to see what would happen if:

 he measures exactly four inches of Silly Putty...

...uses a pen and the Slinky to hang the Silly Putty off the table for five minutes...


 ...and then measures it again.  Amazing what a couple of cheap toys can inspire!

12:30 pm 

A few math review sheets and a sorting activity.

Uh, Gomez?  Trying to work here...

1:30 pm

Grammar Voyage: the introduction.  Then a nostalgic voyage for me.  We read one of my childhood favorites: The Captain's Dog

Super is in charge of jotting down the adjectives and Dude records the verbs.  Until they get tired of it and just listen to the wonderful story.

 2:15 pm

Kids listen to Raptor Red while doing handwriting practice.

 2:30 pm

A snack and free reading time.

Wake up, Gomez, it's almost time for karate!

Other than the goodie bags, this is a pretty typical day for us.  We alternate between nature study, science, and history.  We do math, reading and language every day.  

Between karate, swimming, scouts and our homeschool group, there is usually something going on in the afternoon.  And Gomez always joins us for school!

Hope you had a great day, too!

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Michelle said...

Looks like you had a smooth first day! Your "free reading" photo has inspired me to set up a reading nook!

Phyllis said...

That sounds like a perfect first day of school!! I loved reading it.

Sparklee said...

Thanks for stopping by, Michelle and Phyllis!

We are loving our reading nook! The best part: the big ottoman was FREE! It came from Dad's work, where they are upgrading lobby furniture. It's perfect for our nook!

Hope your year is off to a great start!

Sara said...

I love the idea of first day goodie bags. :) It looks like a great first day!

Julie @ Creekside Learning said...

We, too, have a canine supervisor at our homeschool. :-) Enjoyed your post.

Eddie said...

You have a nice rhythm going, it looks like. And I think your dog's name is absolutely wonderful and fits him perfectly.

Deb said...

A first day goodie bag! A time capsule! I love those ideas! Man, I wish I had thought of that....

Have a great year!

Lauren said...

Thanks for sharing your day. We're unschoolers in Australia and love hearing about other homeschoolers' lives and meeting them as we travel!