Today was the official start for our school year. It went better than planned. Of course there was some complaining about starting school when their friends and cousin hadn't started yet, but I explained a few things to them. 1) We usually follow a 4 day school week. 2) We can take breaks whenever we want or need to. 3) We are starting only 2 subjects then gradually adding more as the weeks go on. After this P began to understand and was alright with it.
I gave the kids a choice of what two subjects they wanted to start this week. P wanted to do Bible and D agreed to do that subject together. I know we should be doing Bible everyday anyway, but yea, it doesn't always work out that way. Since we were discussing this while they were eating lunch I decided to start then. I read the Bible verse out of God's Mighty Warrior Devotional Bible and we did the discussion together which was First Forgiveness: Adam. The kids listened and discussed well, ever since they went to VBS this summer they have been talking and asking questions more about God. It really warms your heart when they want to learn stuff like this. Since I am pretty new to getting to know God myself I am learning right along with them.
In the past few weeks P has wanted to learn about atoms and molecules so I purchased the Apologia Exploring Creation Chemistry & Physics text book and Junior Notebooking Journal. P decided this was what he wanted to choose for his second subject to start with this week. We did half of the first lesson, each lesson is quite long and has its own schedule lined out as a two day a week class. P said he wants to do it every day so we might get through by next summer, oh well if we don't, we are going to take our time with it and have fun. I read out loud the first reading while P colored a page in the Junior Notebooking Journal (JNJ). D decided she wanted to listen in and do science also so she grabbed a coloring book and colored also while I read. At the points of discussion they were both participating as well as they could. The Try It! Section had us playing I Spy 20 questions. We had to pick an object and the others had to asked questions about the different properties. This was fun, P didn't want to stop playing, but they were getting to the point when they were just guessing instead of asking questions.
Since D was participating in both of the subjects that P had chosen I didn't feel that she needed to pick her own. I am going to take her schooling easy and let her join P when she wants and do her reading and math a few times a week. Unless she wants to do otherwise, I am going to start D next week with her individual studies.
I am so proud that they were willing and energized to learn today, let's hope that the rest of the week goes as well. A break on Wednesday to go to the park and library will help them stay focused, as long as it doesn't rain. I will come back at the end of the week telling you all how the rest of the week pans out for us.
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