Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Our First Day of School

Today was our first day back to homeschooling. We awoke early and had a special first day breakfast. Qusidillas filled with peanut butter, bananas, strawberries, and chocolate chips, topped with cinnamon sugar. Yum!

 Then it was time to get dressed, make the beds, and head into the schoolroom.
Here is a quick tour. A loves this room.






 Here's my sweet girl, all ready to get back into the groove.
 We have always started our mornings with a candle and a prayer.
Today was no different.
 Our first order of business was to create an all about me page. I want to do this every year and be able to document how she changes through the years.
I absolutly LOVE what she wrote.
Check out her favorite food....and what she wants to be when she grows up!
 When I grow up I want to be a vet, doctor, marine biologist, and a fur trader. Oh I can not stop smiling at that. I think my child has seen a few to many episodes of Mountain Men. LOL

Of course we had our school mascot join us. Bella is back in the swing of things, spending her mornings in the school room with us.
 We covered a lot today and was able to find a wonderful rhythm. A worked at her desk...
 ...and on her computer. She completed 3 lessons on her Teaching Textbooks Grade 4. We are both in LOVE with this program.
 Here's a peek at her daily science work. 2 to 3 times a week we will be working on the in-depth focus of Anatomy and the History of Medicine that A chose to study this year.
 We both spent some time in the reading nook. A finished book 8 of the How to Train Your Dragon Series and I read aloud "How the Wolf Was Bound" from the book Norse Myths for Children. We are incorporating the study of myths from different cultures into our studies this year and what better place to start than with the viking culture that the How to Train Your Dragon books are based on.
 A drew in her notebook an illustration to go along with the story. On the top is the wolf and the gods coming with the chains, and below is the castle of the gods and the dwarfs that worked to make the magic chain that finally bound the evil wolf.
 After a yummy lunch, we started back our tradition of Tea and Chapter. This was something A specifically asked to do again this year. We sit on the couch and cuddle with glasses of tea and read. I read aloud a Dear America diary about the Oregon Trail and then A read 2 chapters of The Cabin Faced West and practiced her narration skills (retelling).
 And finally it was time to head out and enjoy the beauty of nature and pick a batch of salmonberries while giving thanks to the bounty God provides.
Off to bed now, and hoping for another wonderful day tomorrow.

1 comment:

Tammy said...

What a wonderful day! And a wonderful classroom. I love hearing about your school schedules and traditions, so keep it coming.