Saturday, August 7, 2010

Back to Homeschooling

This week The HomeSchool Village has been discussing what they will do on the first day "Back to Homeschool."

Huh?!  I just figured the first day "back to homeschool" would be the first day we follow my super-duper elaborately-detailed amazingly-thorough school schedule!  Isn't that enough?

Yet after reading through some of the traditions other families have started, I figure this will be a good year to start our own.  We'll see what sticks, and we'll see what naturally develops over the years, but here's what I've come up with for this year...
  • A poster with a favorite or theme verse.  Since Esmé is just three this year, I'll print a verse out for her:  "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him." (1 Cor 2:9)  Then I'll rip out a bunch of magazine pictures ahead of time and have her pick out some of her favorite things to cut and glue onto butcher paper, along with the verse.
  • Baking cookies.  I'll try to come up with a reasonably healthy recipe that she can help prepare.
  • Picnic lunch.  And she'll get to help pack our picnic lunch.  That will be our chance to get outside and enjoy the summer weather while it still lasts.
  • Discussion of the schedule.  I won't pull out every single thing I have planned for our schedules - we'll take it easy that first day.  (Hey, she's three!  We take it easy every day!)  But I DO want to go over a picture schedule with her and discuss what we'll be accomplishing over the year.
  • A new outfit.  This may or may not coincide with the first day of school.  This year, Esmé is starting ballet lessons, so it'll be a ballet outfit.  And her ballet classes start on a workday for me.  So the timing isn't perfect, but I know it's something she'll love.
Here's to a great year!


    Layton Family Joy said...

    ha! Can't wait to see THAT schedule! So glad this link up gave you some ideas to start a new tradition!!

    Thanks for linking up!
    The Homeschool Village

    Susan said...

    I want to join your picnic! :) What delightful memories you are storing up in that little heart!