27 August 2012

Today's the day!

Today's the first day of school here. We're trying a few new things here this year, mostly changing some habits rather than curriculum and hopefully they'll make the day go a bit smoother. I got both the girls' assignments done for the week so they're busy at work. I had to explain a few new curriculum things to them but they seem to have caught on.

One new habit we're trying this year is having our family meal at breakfast. Once I took at look at the girls' afternoons and our evenings, I knew there would be few dinners that we could have together as a family. I've told everyone that we're eating together at 8 so that Bob can head out the door by 8:30 and we can head to school. Just because we're eating together doesn't necessarily mean that I'm cooking every day - some days may be get your own breakfast (cereal, eggs and toast), some days I'll fix something for all of us. It will be nice to eat together in the mornings. Hopefully it'll get us all off to a good start. Just hoping that Sweet Pea doesn't have too hard of a time getting up that early!

I think we'll have our first day of school celebration next week when the public school kids go back to school. I was thinking of taking them to On the Border for lunch next Tuesday. Should be fun! We've got some things to do this afternoon so I'm not sure we'll be able to fit it in today. Next week will be good, just another reminder of how flexible our schedule is as homeschoolers.

Here's to a great year!!

20 August 2012

Starting soon...

at least I hope we're starting soon! Usually by this time we've already done 2 or 3 weeks of school. This year we were on vacation in Alaska until the 7th and I still have organizing, buying of curriculum, and some cleaning to do. Today and tomorrow we're getting new windows put in so I didn't want today to be the first day of school. It's pretty loud around here and there's lots of chaos.

Subjects for this year:

Sweet Pea, 10th grade
American History (maybe AP, maybe not)
Algebra II, then Geometry
French II
Russian I
Driver's Ed
Art History

Rosie Jane, 8th grade
World History
Pre-Algebra, Algebra
German II

Both are doing PE (riding, snowboarding, skiing, dance, maybe some biking). Seems like something is missing from Rosie Jane's list, but at the moment I'm not sure what it is. We're looking forward to a good year!

13 August 2012

The end of summer

Summer seems to be coming to an end very quickly! We just got back from a vacation of a lifetime to Alaska (thanks, Mom!!). We had a wonderful time, saw lots, learned a bunch about our 49th state, and enjoyed time with family. My mom took all four of us, my sister and her girls, and my brother and his family. We took a cruise then a land tour after so we got to see a lot of Alaska, but there's so much more! Bob and I have already talked about going back, maybe flying to Anchorage and renting a camper so we can get back to some of the National Parks that we only briefly got to visit.

Now it's time to turn my attention to school. I was doing some cleaning before we left and it left the school area kind of a mess. I worked today on that, but there's still more to do to organize downstairs. I need to find a couple of hours to myself and finalize the details of the year - what classes they're going to be doing, what books we need and what I still need to get, figure out the calendar for the year, do some scheduling, as well as do some more long term planning (those high stakes high school tests). We also bought some new bookshelves before we left and they still need to be put together and the books and games transferred from the old ones. I plan to get a lot done this week so we can jump right in next week, at least with the things I've got since there are a few classes we can't start yet.