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Our First Day! (pic heavy!)
September 2, 2013 at 8:43 PM

We weren't going to start until tomorrow, but it was a rainy day and I didn't have to work and we had no other plans, so we just jumped in :)  We worked from about 9-1:30 with a lunch break and some other short breaks.  Then the kids played for a bit, then we went to Barnes and Nobles to turn in their summer reading logs and they each got a free book :) 

We got Chinese takeout for dinner on our way home.  They told Dad about their day and then watched a movie for a bit and now they are sound asleep.  It was a pretty good day.  I realized I do have some work to do with DS11 and trying to make him take me seriously, and to not freak out when I ask him to do something horrible (like write ONE paragraph)!

Here are some pictures of our day :)  (please don't judge the decor-we live with my MIL, lol..our tastes are very different!)

This was actually yesterday, "just for fun"...little do they know how much they were learning ;)





Writing (which was soooo horrible)

Critical Thinking (learning how to do Sudoku, but with pictures) She actually enjoyed it much more than it looks like she did int his picture!

There was more too, I just didn't get pictures of every single thing! And they both did all of the subjects, except DS also did some computer coding.

I can't believe how easy it was to completely overtake the dining room table with our school stuff.  I didn't realize how much we would spread out, even when I tried to keep the books we weren't using in another

Also, having the school bookshelf upstairs and mostly schooling downstairs is not going to work out well.  I have no idea how many times all of us went up and down the stairs today! 

It was great to finally get started and things went pretty smoothly.  My lesson planning seems to have paid off (knock on wood so that doesn't change)!


  • kirbymom
    September 3, 2013 at 8:27 PM
    Well, if your daughter likes to write and you would like to help encourage her, my daughter, who loves to write, said what helped her was when I gave her a couple of assignments where she could write about the most exciting thing that ever happened to her and could express herself without worrying about the spelling part. Then when she is done, she can critique her own work. That might help her enjoy writing more. Also, let her read the type of books that are comfortable for her to read. The more she reads those the more she will want to read and write and even spell better from it.

    Anyhow, that is my two cents worth. :)

    Quoting TJandKarasMom:

    He actually cried when I told him he needed to write a descriptive paragraph. Ok, teary eyed, but still, he's 11 and really bright! He's a natural speller and has a huge vocabulary. But anything the slightest bit creative is horrible for him!

    DD loves to tell stories, and I think if she was a better speller she would write all the time! But since she is not a good speller, and so even she has a hard time reading what she wrote, she doesn't write often. I'm really hoping to build her spelling skills by focusing more on the "rules" and then I think she will be a great writer. She definitely has great stories and is really creative.

    Quoting kirbymom:Wow. What an awesome, rockin' first day!
    Great looking kids and great pics.

    Oh, btw, I can see how your son absolutely hates writing. I have a couple of kids(boys) that don't like to write either! Lol. Does your daughter like to write?

  • ablackdolphin
    September 3, 2013 at 11:11 PM
    Wow ypu are amazing!!!!
  • eleda5872
    September 4, 2013 at 8:13 AM
    Hi. what are the abbreviations dd ds etc.? I am starting homeschooling today with my second and fourth grader. how do i go about teaching them at the same time. how long do i take to teach each topic. any one from georgia? I am really nervous.
  • TJandKarasMom
    September 4, 2013 at 8:20 AM
    Thank you! I don't always feel amazing, but sometimes when I sit back and really think about what I am doing for my kids, I realize it is pretty amazing :). I think all of us that homeschool are doing something awesome for our kids! (Not that ps parents can't be awesome though, lol)!

    Quoting ablackdolphin:

    Wow ypu are amazing!!!!

  • TJandKarasMom
    September 4, 2013 at 8:30 AM
    DD is dear daughter, DS is dear son, DH is dear husband. HS is homeschool, PS is public school.

    I keep some subjects (history, science, music, art, and bible) together. So I just teach them once and have one plan for them (mine are only one year apart, but about two grade levels apart..and these subjects are definitely fine to do with a 2nd and 4th grader together). Then they have different math, grammar, writing, spelling, and reading. I have kind of the same topics for writing (like this week they are each writing a descriptive paragraph) but they have different expectations. I expect more of my older one because he is more capable. I also try to combine writing with history, so they may have to write about whatever we are studying and maybe I expect one paragraph from the younger and three from the older, but it's the same topic.

    I will have one work on spelling while I help the other with math, etc. I think amount of time varies based on what they are doing in it. But we have been working from about 9-1:30 with a lunch break and a couple of small breaks, and we get all the main subjects done and either history or science, and one of:music, art or typing. I move on when I think they DD finished her math for the next two weeks because it was too easy so I just had her do the end of chapter review, and since she got it all, I let her skip the whole chapter and today she will start ch 2. If I notice her doing 8 problems and she is getting them all right, I won't make her finish them all.

    I don't know if anyone here is from Georgia. You can post in the main forum though and you will get more responses!

    Quoting eleda5872:

    Hi. what are the abbreviations dd ds etc.? I am starting homeschooling today with my second and fourth grader. how do i go about teaching them at the same time. how long do i take to teach each topic. any one from georgia? I am really nervous.

  • Pumamama
    September 4, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Okay, now you're just showing off. I had the exact opposite of that day...oy vey!

  • TJandKarasMom
    September 4, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Aww I'm sorry :(  I was showing off a little, I was pretty excited it went as well as it did.  I will say though that homeschooling AND working is rough!  I am exhausted today!  I'm hoping I will adjust.

    Hope the rest of your year goes better!!

    Quoting Pumamama:

    Okay, now you're just showing off. I had the exact opposite of that day...oy vey!

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