We have completed our first day of school for the 2007-2008 school year!! The kids will still have some silent reading time this afternoon while I am working, but the major part of the school day is over. And, it was a success!
I was concerned, knowing myself the way that I do, that I might oversleep or just be generally stressed out about the first day. I have found again and again that no matter how hard I try, I am not able to wake up early enough to avoid a hectic day. However, I have also found that when I specifically petition God to awaken me in the morning, he always does. So last night, I prayed that God would awaken me this morning with a freshness to start the day. And faithfully, when my alarm went off at 5:30 this morning, He did just that!
I was able to start my day with bible study and prayer (always a good start to the day) followed by a short work-out on the elliptical and a shower. Then I woke up the kids and we all had breakfast with Scott before he left for work. After breakfast, I cleaned up the kitchen while the kids got dressed and unpacked their backpacks (that they had packed last night in great anticipation of their first day of school).
School began promptly at 8:30 and proceeded smoothly (or at least mostly smoothly) throughout the morning. It was a relatively easy day with a majority of the work being review, which allowed us to finish up a little earlier than scheduled. Yeah!
Abby was so excited to begin preschool today. I probably wouldn’t have started her on any kind of formal program this year (she is only 3 1/2), but she has been begging to start school for the last 6 months so that she can be just like her brother Jonah. So…let the school begin. She had lots of fun coloring various pictures “red” and learning the first verse of “The Vowel Poem”. With a brand-new princess backpack and her very own crayons and school books, she feels VERY grown-up!
Jonah enjoyed beginning his new math book and filling in his calendar and weather graph. He LOVES checking the weather. He’s starting spelling and grammar this year, which he’s catching on to pretty quickly. And for history, we learned what “history” and “archaeology” mean, and then he started a family history book. He had fun asking Mama and Abby where we were born, what our favorite memories were, etc.
So, besides a short-lived, I-want-to-do-my-book-right-now-fit from Abby, school went very smoothly today. We appreciate all prayers that have been and continue to be prayed on behalf of our family as we continue homeschooling.