2011 – School Starts

31 Jan

The students…cute aren’t they?

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The eldest student…

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The youngest…

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And what bookwork did we start the day with?

Bookwork??  No, no, no.  Most important things first!


We worked together looking for 5 things, in each room, that needed doing.

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I want the boys to see what needs doing and do it rather than needing to be told.   Hey, I can dream.

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Actually I did let them have breakfast first.  I’m not that cruel.

But during breakfast we did memory work.

Addition facts, geography facts (continent, oceans, lines), skip counting patterns, Bible verses and Latin vocabulary.

They were a little rusty today…but that’s to be expected.

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We also started memorising the Syllabary.  This is something very different that we are trying at present.   If you’re curious about the Syllabary check out this link for lots of information.

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After breakfast, memory tasks and chores, we settled down into our snugly positions to read the bible.  Today we read the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den.  This is one of the boys’ favourite stories.

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We reviewed the Grammar we’ve already learned in Rod and Staff.  I was surprised with how much they remembered.  Phew!

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While I hung out a load of washing my little men dabbled in a little music fun.  Does that count as a music lesson?  Gosh I hope so because it could be the only one they get all term.  Hehehehe.

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Then we got stuck into “work”.

The boys started with their “First Day of Homeschool in 2011” worksheet, an idea I borrowed from a friend.

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The boys really enjoyed it.  They loved weighing and measuring themselves.

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And their answers were so cute.  When Brayden grows up he wants to be a “school man” like Daddy so he gets lots of holidays.  Hehehehe.

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These worksheets are so precious.  I can see us looking back on these when my boys are grown.  Great idea Susan!!

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We did our first copywork lesson for the year.

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They did some fairly nice writing… for them.  I was impressed with their “first day back” writing.

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We did a Math lesson too.  The first for the year.  I selected review lessons from last years’ books to warm up their brains.

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Nothing too strenuous but enough to jog their memory about what they had been learning before we started holidays.

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During our lunch break the boys watched two episodes of Liberty’s Kids.

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The afternoon was spent reading.  Ethan read aloud to me and then read the next chapter by himself, narrating what happened in the story to catch me up.

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Brayden selected two super easy readers to start his year with and he read them very well.

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Finally we read two chapters of our current history novel.  The boys were begging for another chapter but I had to decline.  Somehow it was 4pm by this time and I wanted to catch the cyclone updates on the news.   (Have my international readers seen the size of Cyclone Yasi??  I’m glad it’s not bearing down on any place close to our house!  Praying for those that it is.)

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So that was our first day back.

A relatively pleasant day actually.

We all survived and we’re going back for another day tomorrow.


Posted by on January 31, 2011 in Homeschooling Days


10 responses to “2011 – School Starts

  1. Susan

    January 31, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Hi Tracey,
    Glad you liked the first day back sheet. THe boys’ answers were very cute. Sounds like you had a very productive day for a first day back!

  2. April

    January 31, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Hello Tracey. What a great start to the homeschooling year! Your little men look so happy. We did a similar worskheet this morning also, lovely keepsake. Where did you get your geography facts map from? April

  3. Tracey

    January 31, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Susan, we HAD to have a productive day to catch up to you. Hehehehe.

    April…hmmm…racking my brain…had to google it…the map…not my brain…heheeh. Here’s a link to the download:
    Very handy map. I laminated mine and we write on it with a chalk marker that rubs off when we’ve finished.

  4. April

    February 1, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Thanks Tracey.

  5. Bernadette

    February 1, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    so how did the 2nd day go?? we finally officially start tomorrow, as our parcel turned up one today and one yesterday, just as i was starting to despair! 🙂 Now i know how long it takes i will make sure i order WELL before we need it. (it did turn up before the 4 week mark also though)

    off to make photcopies and plans 😉
    super excited – we’ve never done ‘booky’ schoolwork before!

    Bernadette and Crew

  6. Tracey

    February 1, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Day two was a little off schedule. Hubby locked his keys in the car so we had to do a mercy dash to rescue him. Plus we had a swimming lesson but somehow we still managed to do everything I’d planned.

    Where did you order your books from? What exciting titles were you waiting on? I love receiving book parcels.

  7. Bernadette

    February 2, 2011 at 1:32 am

    So do I! We decided to go with Saxon math for now, with supplemental bits and pieces as well, and we are going to try out LLATL (learning language arts through literature), to be honest i’ve only bought the yr 1 set for “K” as i know the bigger ones, have got SOO many gaps in their basic knowledge from PS’ing so i will do that with themalso, but hopefully skip them through most of it in a term and move them through quickly i hope *fingers crossed* – not *K* though as she is only gr 1. 🙂

    Awesome for you getting everything crossed off your list!

    Do you still have family back in Townsville?? ALL our family are back in Cairns, and i’ve heard TC ‘Yasi” is going to cross at Gordonvale – where our house is!! Hope our tennants have prepared properly! They seem to have had SOO much rain lately, everytime i check the weather for them it always says raining 😦

    Better get to bed as we ARE supposed to officially start tomorrow, but i think it may be postponed until this TC is dissapated? i won’t have the brains for it!

    Bernadette and crew

  8. Bernadette

    February 2, 2011 at 1:34 am

    LOL gosh my spelling is bad, its so hard to double check in the little text box….. or maybe i’m just overtired 😉


  9. Kelly

    February 4, 2011 at 5:57 am

    HEY! I was looking everywhere for a book about Lacrosse for you guys because that is what we play. My hubby played and coached and the girls are starting to play.. Too funny! Look like a neat book.
    Happy Schooling

  10. Tracey

    February 4, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Children of the Longhouse is a brilliant book. I highly recommend it. Extremely well written so that information about this group of Native Americans is finely woven into the story. Very very well done. In the first few chapters I was thinking “oh I don’t know” but by the third chapter we were hooked and ploughing through it 2 to 3 chapters a day. We just finished it last night!! Loved it.


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