Monday, October 1, 2012

Back to School

This post is part of a series showing the realness of homeschooling---the ugly, frustrating, and wonderfulness of it all. 

My husband and I recently spent a fabulous two weeks in Italy.   It was a wonderful trip.  But it has been hard to get back into the swing of things  since getting back.    So today felt like the beginning of the school year again.    I’m working on being more relaxed and learning to take life as it comes—not just school wise!   I’ve found that setting aside a particular amount of time each day for each subject instead of a certain amount of work allows me to be a bit more relaxed about what we are able to get done.

Today we started our new schedule.   We started late.   We had a meeting with our ES.   Accordingly, we didn’t get to everything, but I am happy with the work we did accomplish.  
Our school day started with current events where we read about the violence and “martial law” imposed in East Saint Louis.   To really understand what is going on there, we needed to do some background research and let me just say---East Saint Louis has a really sad history.    I-E was outraged about the mayor’s reaction to the violence and asked if she could write him a letter.   I was able to say yes to this request since I had set aside thirty minutes for free writing.    Sometimes things work out so well!   (And I didn’t even plan it!)   

We started our logic course.   We didn’t get to everything I had planned for the day, but I’m working on rolling with the punches!   We will pick up with where we ended tomorrow and keep on trucking.  

The girls also worked on Algebra and free reading.   Not the busy full day I had pictured for today, but a good one all the same.  

There you go—a real day of homeschooling.     


  1. I love those moments in our day when the kids make a connection and want to do more. Today will be our first day back since our return from Spain. I'm hoping to be more relaxed and go with the flow.

  2. I forgot to add I like the idea of scheduling a time for each subject. You may be on to something fantastic there MissMoe.


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