The students…cute aren’t they?
The eldest student…
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.
I want the boys to see what needs doing and do it rather than needing to be told. Hey, I can dream.
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.
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.
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.
We reviewed the Grammar we’ve already learned in Rod and Staff. I was surprised with how much they remembered. Phew!
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.
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.
The boys really enjoyed it. They loved weighing and measuring themselves.
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.
These worksheets are so precious. I can see us looking back on these when my boys are grown. Great idea Susan!!
We did our first copywork lesson for the year.
They did some fairly nice writing… for them. I was impressed with their “first day back” writing.
We did a Math lesson too. The first for the year. I selected review lessons from last years’ books to warm up their brains.
Nothing too strenuous but enough to jog their memory about what they had been learning before we started holidays.
During our lunch break the boys watched two episodes of Liberty’s Kids.
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.
Brayden selected two super easy readers to start his year with and he read them very well.
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.)
So that was our first day back.
A relatively pleasant day actually.
We all survived and we’re going back for another day tomorrow.