First Day of School

This week is going to be miserably hot which marks the beginning of many more weeks of misery to come. I decided to go ahead and start school now so we can have more play time when the nicer weather hits. We will also be taking 2 weeks off when we travel to Disney in September (squee!!!) so the more we can squeeze in before the trip-o-a-lifetime, the better!

Since I decided a tad last minute to get the wheels in motion for another year of homeschooling, I spent the better part of Sunday after church getting everything organized and planned out for this week. Mike was such a huge help juggling the kids and putting together the hutch for one of the desks. We were up until midnight, but we managed to get half of the room ready for today. Good enough!

apparently watching mommy work on the school room is exhausting
apparently watching mommy work on the school room is exhausting
the half of the room that is ready!
the half of the room that is ready!

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Logan Jett is officially a Kindergartner! He literally jumped out of bed this morning and shouted “AM I KINDERGARTENER NOW??” After his hunch was confirmed, he proceeded to squeal with delight to celebrate his new rite of passage. Love that kid and his booming enthusiasm!

handwriting practice
handwriting practice

Lucas is now the big man on campus as he starts 1st grade this year. He is most excited about having his own desk thanks to the recent homeschool room makeover.

a few of the goodies Lucas and I get to work through this year
a few of the goodies Lucas and I get to work through this year

Brielle is also doing a few activities during our school time so Lucas likes to tell everyone that she is doing Pre-K and Charlotte is in preschool. Ha! I guess if you count scribbling on a paper while we do our character trait study, dismantling any project we are working on, stealing game pieces and hiding them, or running around shouting demands at any one who will listen, then I guess Charlee-girl might be doing “school” as well.

I love Brielle's little drawings of people
I love Brielle’s little drawings of people

I have to admit, it is the end of the day and I am absolutely drained, but today was SO worth it. I had such a fun morning with the kids and we were able to get our work done without any major rebellion or melt down issues. I thoroughly enjoyed our curriculum and can’t wait to dive in further! I pray that I will continue to have energy at least during the weekdays so that I can enjoy my school time with the kids and look forward to more rest during the weekends. We celebrated our first day of school with pizza delivered hot to the door (no cooking for me, yay!) and cupcakes that we made for Christina for her birthday. A yummy way to end a great day.

Swim lessons start up tomorrow so we will see how the juggling act goes. Hopefully we can finish our lessons early before we go to the pool because I know for certain we will ALL be ready for a nap by the time we get home.

Here are a few pictures from today:

Can you spot the lefty? Working on their character trait coloring sheet.
Can you spot the lefty? Working on their character trait coloring sheets.
Lucas having his first quiet time using a devotional.
Lucas having his first quiet time using a devotional.
Lucas' first entry in his Bible notebook. He wrote the first sentence and then dictated what he wanted me to write below.
Lucas’ first entry in his Bible notebook. He wrote the first sentence and then dictated what he wanted me to write below.

I know I have said this before, but I am incredibly thankful that I have the privilege and honor of homeschooling our children. It is hard, overwhelming, and at times I question my ability (and sanity!), but overall I LOVE it. I am deeply humbled that Mike entrusts me with such an enormous responsibility. I take my “job” very seriously and I can’t wait to see what our next year of adventures in homeschooling will look like! By the goodness and grace of God alone, we will make it through!

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