Tuesday, October 13, 2009

the first day of school

The boys and I started out our school year this week. I decided to take a few photos before we began on Monday morning. Benjamin, 1st grader. Kyle, preschooler. And...

...Owen, interrupter extraordinaire. Yes, that's right. My charming, darling boy has been quite a pill during school time. He's feeling a bit left out, I suppose. I'll be thinking on that one.

I kid you not, I got 3 1/2 words into the very first lesson of the very first day, and Owen fell off of a chair and bonked his head. Three and a half words. And that's not the half of it.

But he was so funny, the way he insisted on standing for the pictures with his brothers and saying "Cheez."

Last spring our school days consisted of a hodge podge of materials...from my makeshifts attempt at Montessori materials, to ending with a few workbooks I'd picked up at local teachers' supply store. But this year we're a bit more organized. I decided to give the Charlotte Mason method a whirl. So far, I'm really liking it.

Here are the big boys working on their science assignment. Our first lesson consisted of reading through the story of Creation, and after each day, they drew a picture to describe what they'd heard.

We've also been working on reading and math so far. I'm really pleased with how it's going. And...tomorrow, we get to get out the abacus!

I can hardly wait.


Deb said...

good for you!

Kristin said...

We need to get our Owens together and give them an award (if you can call it that!) for being the Champs of Distracting. Oh. My. Goodness. If your description didn't sound familiar. Today, my Owen was doing a puzzle for "school" and fell off the bench backwards and bumped his head on the floor. And if it is not that, it is talking and whining and asking what he can do next. Quite a challenge!

steve and corrine said...

Nice teacher to student ratio, but it sounds like you have some particularly interesting challenges. Cute pictures and I gotta say that I would love to be a fly on the wall in that school.