Tuesday, September 04, 2007

First day of school

This was Sam's very first day of school, ever. When I woke him up this morning and told him to hurry up, and get started on schoolwork, he said, "I don't want to do schoolwork. I want to play."

"You will play - a lot. But first you'll learn some arithmetic and phonics, " I replied.

He grumped off to the dining room table where his work was laid out, and started to work on arithmetic. I got the rest of the children started and came back to Sam. He had finished today's work and was half-way through tomorrow's. I told him to stop - he had gone far enough, too far, even.

"But I love this!" So he finished up tomorrow's work, too. Same story with phonics. All-in-all a satisfactory beginning.

And from the rest? All happy with their reading/literature assignments; content with math; enjoying the science and history; pleased with Bible; laughing at their grammar and vocabulary work (it's pretty much review now); and okay with art and music. (Except for David, who is working through The Dangerous Book for Boys for his art lessons. and likes that quite a bit.)

Joan and Sarah are working through a literature unit designed by Kristi E. and they're very excited about reading, discussing, and writing about Fahrenheit 451 as their first assignment.



Blogger Tammy said...

Sounds like you're off to a great start! I'm so glad. I need to check out that Dangerous Bood for Boys. It looks good.

7:24 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

Sounds like fun, Laura. Hope your visit with Mike and Triny was good. Love, Meg

7:46 PM  
Blogger Wool Winder said...

Wow, straight out of bed and right to working arithmetic! I don't think my brain would be awake enough to do that. Glad he ended up liking his first day of school.

7:16 AM  
Blogger Donna Boucher said...

Oh what a great day!!!

The Country Doctor's Wife has some great video on her blog featuring the potato gun from the "boys" book.

Isn't it wonderful when the children like their school lessons....and want to speed ahead :o)

8:20 AM  
Blogger Baleboosteh said...

Laura, Sam sounds so much like my Isaac. When I was explaining to him about homeschooling his first reaction was 'But I still want to have all my toys!'. The night before we started he assured us that he was not going to get up at all the next day!

I'm so glad for all your sakes that Sam's 'grump' didn't last long and that he discovered just how much fun it all is!

2:24 AM  

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