Monday was our first day of school at home! The day went better than I expected, but before I give you all the details…
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We started our school day around 8:30 and we were done by about 2:30. I’m curious to find out how many hours other people spend on home school.
We covered everything I had planned, and it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be to switch from Andrew’s third grade teaching time to Matthew’s first grade teaching time.
Alayna came along for the ride, jumping in for any read-alouds, phonics, handwriting and some math activities.
Both boys loved having their planners with all of their assignments listed for them so they could see what they had left to complete. I was feeling kind of zapped by 2 p.m. when we finished everything, but Andrew put the day into perspective for me.
He rode his bike around the block a few times and then asked, “Mom, if I was at regular school would I be home by now?”
I told him he would still have about another 30 minutes of school and then a 25-minute drive home.
“And after that I would have to do homework,” he said. “I love home school.”
I had to focus on that for a minute myself. We often were working on homework until bedtime, so really I’m only spending a few extra hours a day doing home school. That was a nice feeling at the end of the day.
Andrew made me feel great when the day was over:
“You’re a good teacher, Mom,” he said. “You did a great job!”
Today is going even better because we are doing several of our subjects outside on this beautiful day!
If you are a home school mom, I would love to hear any tips or suggestions! I hope the rest of you are getting off to a great start at “real” school!