Week One

We didn’t do a full week of homeschool this week. Instead opting to copy our school district and start on Wednesday. So far, the children seem to be really enjoying themselves. I allow the boys to come and go from the table as they please (as long as nobody is sneaking crayons, glue or scissors away when they go) and keep K focused on her activities through the morning.

Day one was a little nerve wracking, to be honest. But we got up at 7am, as per usual, and started school at 9am. After coffee, breakfast and meds were had by all. Which is not to say everyone got coffee and medicine. I got coffee. K got the mmf, prednisone, ursodiol and bactrim. Everyone had breakfast. We started school with Chinese. I’ve found that doing the two short “Follow Jade” lessons on YouTube yields quick results. We also listen to a few songs. Day one I taught the words to Ni Wa Wa. And did some Living Room vocab. After Chinese was Bible Study. I introduced the story of Moses so we had some context for learning the 10 Commandments. This included coloring pages. Then we read alphabet soup, did a puzzle with upper and lowercase letters, and K wrote her name a few times. The boys just did the first letters of their names.  For math we counted to 100 (the boys stop at 20) and then the counting by 10s song. The boys wandered off after that, and K and I moved on to her addition and subtraction workbooks. For science, we covered the 5 senses. The boys came back. We did cut and paste from a magazine for examples of each sense. And then a fun little blind taste test. There may have been sriracha. We did lunch (the kids watch Magic School Bus while I cook) and then it was nap time for the boys so I let K play on Starfall on the computer in my room.

Day 2 was more impromptu. I followed the same basic schedule. But after a stormy night, decided to focus more of the lessons on that. I taught the kids about rain, thunder, lightning and the water cycle. Our new Chinese words were cloudy, cloud and rain. We made pictures of rain clouds with construction paper. Our bible story was Noah’s Ark. And so on.

Day 3- The children were less enthusiastic about starting today. So we stayed in our pajamas. We did our Chinese. We kept on with Ni Wa Wa but also learned the Two Tigers song. I had to look it up because my littlest had seemingly picked it up from Kai-Lan and I wanted to know what he was singing. We worked on the 3rd Commandment. Learned about seasons. And made a (fall) tree out of construction paper cut outs of our hands. K did her workbooks. And there were a lot of puzzles. Lazy day.

And so concludes our first week. Tomorrow, I’ll blog about health stuff.

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