It’s not always easy to practice what you preach.
I put up a good fight, and tried to keep our rhythm this summer. Somewhere in the middle of July, it became a free for all. So of course I was concerned as we geared up for Day one.
Our day started Sunday night. I read him a Folk Tale called The Fox’s Snack before we went to bed.
He wanted more. Traditionally, in the summer, I’ll read forever. This time I said nope, it’s bed time and we’ll talk more about it tomorrow.
In the morning I let him sleep until he woke up.
Once he was up, uncrabby, dressed and snuggled on the sofa, I handed him his sketch book and colored pencils and said “I’m going to make you breakfast, while I do that can you tell me the story about the Fox that we read last night? And while you’re telling me, can you draw it too?” (of course this is me being tricky because he loves to draw as he tells a story)
His retelling was phenomenal, he retold it with his own twist! In the end the Fox steals a train!
Since his twist was so much fun, we decided our cursive sentence would be “The fox stole the train.” I wrote out the sentence and he traced it. Then I let him just play around with cursive for a while.
Then I read him a chapter of Charlotte’s Web (Trophy Newbery), and he read me Scholastic Reader Level 2: Inside a House That is Haunted.
It was time for a break, and I told him to go play a little.
When he came back we were ready to review some math. We use Math U See, he really loves math and although we started with traditional Waldorf Gnome math, after a while that was too abstract for his very literal mind. And frankly, I find gnome math confusing.
Our next block was Science; I asked him if he wanted a break and he said no. At this point in his life it is fairly obvious to me when he needs an “out breath” or time to burn off some energy. He said he would rather keep going.
So we worked on learning about the Earth’s rotation around the sun using the old-fashioned method of balloon around a lamp. It was cool, we had a lot of fun, and afterwards Isaiah made a few balloon inventions and played while I did some chores.
Our day was over by 1:30, (we didn’t start until 10) and in there we took a mini walk to see some construction, he played on his scooter, had some tea, climbed a wall and had lunch.
It was a great day.
A few other mentionables. We have implemented a chore a day chart. He was pretty headstrong about that, I was headstronger.
He is also going to cook one meal a week, a simple meal, and of course I will be his sous chef.
We bought new colored pencils and sketch books to start our year off. We love these things Koh-I-Noor Progresso Woodless Colored Pencils 24 Color Set he wore his last set down to nubs. We stick them in a pencil-case and it goes with us wherever we go.
How is your homeschool prep going? Any exciting plans?
2 thoughts on “The First Day of Our Homeschool Rhythm”
Okay how come i didn’t know about this new blog? I think it is great that he is practicing for American Ninja Warrior and learning how the Earth rotates. On top of that I LOVE that you cued in on how to get him to retain what you teach by having him draw as he talks. Simply awesome!
Now you know my secret! When I realized I had to stop writing about homeschooling on my original blog, I created this one instead. Now that one is in limbo, so I’m spending more time here! Thanks for being so supportive, you’re the best!