September 11, 2009

Week 1

We are now a home schooling family.

first day of school photo

I loved our first week.

That said, I'm still not used to the fact that I am a homeschooling mom. I have (had?) these notions about what a homeschooling parent looks like, and I don't fit into them. And then there's the weirdness of peoples' responses to hearing that you're home schooling. But this is all for another post....

Highlights from the week:
  1. Elizabeth, who's not one for much drawing, enthusiastically drawing wonderful sketches of things she saw during our river walk on the first day of school.
  2. How content I am inside that we did not send E to school this week, that I'm her teacher!
  3. The way E made up an activity for herself - looking for American flags - as we drove to Arlington yesterday. (The big reward was that Mass Ave is lined with flags in Arlington; we lost count.)
  4. While we were reading Farmer Boy last night, E asked if she could read the words she knows. We've been working on a list of 10 sight words this week.
I have in the back of my mind that there will be bad days and weeks of school. I've read about these times and heard about them from other homeschooling moms. Throughout this week, these thoughts have threatened to take away my joy at what's already happening. Colin, my ever present voice of reason, told me not to worry about those times until they come. I'm trying.

So, for now, I'm enjoying being with our girl, coming up with activities for us to do to maintain her interest in learning, and watching her enthusiasm to explore and discover!

Yesterday, our friends hosted a home schooling kick off tea party! It was very sweet to hear the girls talk about how they're home schooled.

Addy, Emily, and Elizabeth

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