Well, after a week or more of build up, we have officially started school for the year. Fuller knew we were starting school on the 17th and kept a mental count down, often asking me to tell him again what we were doing on Monday. I also kept a mental count down, just to remind myself to get up and do things that resembled Getting Organized and Being Prepared.
To begin his school day (after morning jobs and breakfast), I presented him with a schultüte. It is essentially a “first day of school” gift- a cone filled with some treats and school supplies of some sort.
I showed him our lesson plans- craft sticks with each subject written on it. They were all stuck in a small plastic container with rice. The container was labeled “to do” and sitting next to a similar container labeled “done.” I modified the idea from Jamin and knew the visual would help Fuller understand we had things to do today, it wasn’t going to be all Legos all the time.
Yes, you can see I included sticks for TV time. This is because Fuller’s TV time has been reduced and having the visual reminder greatly helped him understand once the 4 sticks were in the “done” container, he couldn’t watch any more of “his shows.”
We managed to get through all the sticks in time for quiet time, which was what I was hoping for. We are doing Pre-K, with curriculum cobbled together by me. Fuller is already beyond most of the full Pre-K curriculum I have seen. And we aren’t ready to purchase a full Kindergarten cirriculum, so I’ve been having fun picking out what books and supplies we will use. I’m guided by what I have been researching on Charlotte Mason and the Rule of Six.
Today we managed the following:
Bible Story – we began reading The Jesus Storybook Bible, a book we have had for quite some time and are finally getting serious about reading.
Copywork – I am using these free create your own tracer pages.
Journal – I ask him a question and write down all he tells me on the subject. Today’s question was “What is school?”
Reading – Fuller is still going through the BOB books. He is on the second box and doing really well.
Nature Walk – we took a walk and talked about birds. We both took some pictures and then we journaled it when we got home (I wrote, he drew). I have purchased Beautiful Birds from Shining Dawn Books (recommended by Jimmie) to help me get ideas.
Read Aloud – The Real Mother Goose.
In a few weeks I will probably add some art appreciation, Math, and because of our travels we will be talking about geography (it can’t be avoided- teachable moments!). I don’t want to overwhelm Fuller right away and I still need to figure out what I want to accomplish with Math. I’m looking at this Family Math book, along with some worksheet books I got at Target. I’m not a fan of worksheets and think Fuller is more of hands on learner when it comes to math. But, I’m not ready to sink a bunch of money into RighStart or Math U See.
But, let’s not focus on what I haven’t figured out. Let’s just rejoice we got through our first day and our first born is officially in Pre-K. It’s an exciting time. I can’t wait to see where this adventure takes us.
[tags]homeschool, first day of school, preschool, pre-k, family education, Charlotte Mason, Rule of Six[/tags]