We're at the start of another school year. Jackson is starting 1st grade and Ava will be in K4. It's really Pre-K but the little diva is insisting on being in Kindergarten so we're compromising on that one. I love the fresh start of a new year and all that it brings.
Jackson isn't extremely excited about school starting back even though he's been doing some school work all summer. It does mean a new routine and schedule to get back to. I am ready to get started with Jackson because this will be the first school year that he will start where he can read! Last year when we started he was just learning his letters and numbers, but this year he can add/subtract and even sit down and read some books to me!
The main goal of this year for him is to have him reading fluently and writing better. He also loves Science and Art so I'm trying to encourage lots of learning in those areas as well.
As far as Ava goes, her school books came in the mail a few weeks ago but I've had to hide them to keep her from "working" in them. She is so excited. This is all new territory to me because I've never had one this excited about doing school work before. Also, I've never homeschooled a girl before and I've heard that is VERY different.
While summer is by far my favorite season, I really do like the newness that a new school year entails. It will be nice to get everyone back in a routine. I'm trying my best to catch up on/ get a lot of things done this week to get ready for everyone to start on Monday. I'm also going put Facebook down for awhile to make sure I stay engaged an on task while the kids are doing school work. It's amazing how easy it is to get lost in the virtual lives of other people on there!
Everyone has new daily schedules and I'm really interested to see how well those work out. I know there will be some adjustments to be made, but I know everyone does much better and gets so many more things done on a schedule. The biggest hurdle for me is sticking to it. I can't say I always follow through on things well in my personal life. I guess it's a bit of laziness, but either way I have to be mindful of that.
I've been getting a lot of planning materials from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you homeschool and haven't been to her site you should definitely check out it. I've used her daily schedule of activities and adapted it to fit us.
I love how she does her color coded scheduling. It speaks to the OCD in me. She also has Daily Learning Notebooks for younger kids that help with calendar awareness, time, weather etc... The things on her site has been a big bonus to what we do every day.
Next, I want do a big post on all of our curriculum. I feel like we've tried so many different kinds and it can be a challenge to find out what works for your child. I'm really happy with the things we've chosen so far and I can't wait to tell you about it.