Not THAT BTS, but Back to School. We did it! Today we had a soft opening of our 2018-19 homeschool year. I say soft opening because there are some things I want to finalize. We are starting slow and going steady.
This year is very different from other years that we've started. Last year, we missed our official first day because it was the day we got boat rescued from our house during the rising waters of Hurricane Harvey. I scrambled to get the kids in programs we were not expecting to pay on because we had to deal with getting the house cleaned and cleared.
I am glad to be back to a normal, mostly normal start. I had to finish getting our shelf ready with supplies we bought over the weekend.
Thanks to the flood, I've dramatically paired down the amount of supplies we'd usually have.
Our supply basket. Keeping it simple.
There's room for growth! Also, I always try to keep newspapers on hand for projects. We get a hard copy on Sundays and Wednesdays.
That's the good paper on top! Also, how cute are those rubber band ball lights? Isaac asked if we could really take the rubber bands off. I told him I'd buy him a separate package.
We will be doing a lot of things online but I will still have them do things by hand. I found this cook, hybrid binder. It came with paper already! It was under $10.
We started with a fun little brain teaser that in the end calculated the month and day each person was born. It took them a couple of tries and then they didn't realize what the answers represented until I told them. Summer slide.
We went over a list of ways to be polite in general because we will be doing some character studies this year.
We worked on math.
A lot of time was taken up by starting up the computer my son was using for games before he was grounded from it. I had to go through and delete gaming programs that he unnecessarily downloaded that were slowing the computer down.
That's when the morning took a downturn because he did find out what I was doing and had a little melt down. His punishments were the results of actions which he knew he wasn't supposed to do. It's just a lesson he's going to have to learn.
We got back on track and ended the day with rock painting.
They seemed to enjoy that. I made blueberry muffins as a snack, but apparently they have outgrown those.
I remember preparing them as a breakfast for my daughter on her first day of preschool. She loved them then. Now she is a sophisticated-for-her-age 9th grader. Isaac is starting the 6th grade.
As I type this, they are preparing their own lunch.
One of the things that I've been meaning to do is make a vision board for myself. I want the kids to also work towards goals so today I asked them to write down some long and short term goals. We will print out pictures later and will continue to work on the board throughout this week.
The "Vision" theme happens to coincide with the sermon we had at church yesterday regarding family: We were asked to create a vision for our family. That was already a topic on the vision board that I am planning, but it was more of a vague like topic like "happy" or "healthy," which is still good. But I never thought what I would answer if an outsider were to ask me that. So that is my husband's and my homework this week.
Even though we just started, I am seriously considering taking a mental health day tomorrow. It is the anniversary of the when our family was boat rescued from our home and the beginning of a a dark time in my life, including the death of my father.
I consider today a success. We will of add in more subjects and be up to full speed by next week, after Labor Day of course!