Sunday, September 9, 2012

First Day of School yay!

Yay!  It's the first day of school at the Hill Learning Academy.  Yes, it's Sunday.  We have figured out that we will have to do school on Sunday in order for our life to work.  Good thing is homeschooling makes that a possibility.  I am so happy that I am able to spend this time with my children.  A plus for us now is that Dad is home on Sunday and can add to our school activities on those days.  This is going to be an interesting year with the way we are doing our school schedule but, I think it will work out good since I now have to work a full day at WIC.

Like most homeschool parents know, this time of year brings with interesting thoughts like - what am I doing?  Why am I doing this?  Will I be able to do it another year?  Are my children learning what they should? blah blah blah blah!!!!

For me the answers don't come as quickly as they may for others but, they do come.  Obviously they must all be positive ones since I am sitting here blogging about Day one of our 2012-2013 school year.

The run down for grades for all of you people who keep up with that sort of thing is 10th, 6th, 3rd kind of, and 1st.

So day 1 was full of fun.  Of course we started it off at church.  Daddy had a council meeting so we stayed a little later and I hung out for some adult conversation.

Once home, we had some chili dogs and fries for lunch and headed out to the Northeast Mississippi Aviation show at the airport here in Tupelo, MS.  The kids loved it and were so excited to be able to see some of the very planes that they had touched and seen the insides of take off.  The only downside of the event was that our new puppy, Captain Dodger, decided that he no longer wanted to be a arm dog and wanted to be able to walk around.  He continued to yelp and yelp until we put him down.  He will be getting a leash tomorrow for sure.

Just figured out my phone has this solarrize setting on the camera because of how these pictures came out.  Not sure why I would need it but, it did make this picture come out pretty cool!

After we got home the boys finished some yard work with Dad and headed in for cool drinks and to get started with school.  I have to say this is going to take some getting used to -beginning school when the rest of the world is winding down.  It was a light day, getting notebooks together, preparing planners for the upcoming week's worth of work and discussing possible field trips this term.

Our nation of study is Jamaica.  We have a book about Jamaica that we began to read and discussed the climate, geography, and habitat for Jamaica.  We love you tube so of course we began to learn the Jamaican National Anthem from there.

After that we explored some of the animals that are found in Jamaica.  We learned about the hutia, Swallowtail butterfly, and the Streamertail hummingbird.  I was excited to find worksheets on the enchanted learning site regarding Swallowtail butterflies.  We will be working on those later this week.  While the younger children watched in fascination to videos about the natural shoreline of Jamaica with dad, our high schooler started on a math lesson and began researching for her first paper for the semester. I'm so glad she's a writer and she enjoys that part of school.   Our 6th grader was supposed to start his first lesson with teaching textbooks 6 but, there was some kind of hang-up with the set we bought second hand from a fellow homeschooler.  Dad seems to think it's an operating system thing so he got out of doing his lesson.  lucky him.  He was very excited to be sent to work independently on his busy work for his language arts though.  This week our high schooler is reading Jubilee by Margaret Walker and our younger kids are reading From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs.  Basil E. Frankweiler and enjoying it.  Until I post again... Toni

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