This is a great choice if you’re looking for a homeschool Spanish curriculum
Isn’t that adorable? Yes, it was his idea to include the cat.
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So I kicked off this blog on July 13th of 2015 with our first day of school post. As I wrote about in that post, our first day of school did not go as planned because we had been without air conditioning in our house since Saturday night. The repairman was scheduled to come out “sometime on Monday” when he could “squeeze us in”. So we actually had to pack our school books and head to the library and do school there until the repairman had a better idea of when he could come by.
Flash forward to the first day of school, July 11th, 2016 and we start our day headed to the mechanic to pick up our van that we had been without all weekend.
What IS it with things breaking the weekend before school starts??? (I don’t have a blog post to confirm the dates but the washing machine broke sometime in July of 2014 too….July is NOT our month….)
But we did start our day praising Jesus that there was nothing seriously wrong with the van and no additional repairs were needed beyond the battery that we replaced the previous Thursday.
So it was still early when we got back home so the first day of school DID happen (almost) just as I planned!
The first thing he wanted to tackle was reading.
If you want to know why we start back to school in July, check out our “semi” year round homeschool plan here.
Here are the “must do” back to school pictures:
(The desk looks MUCH different than it did the night before – picture here)
The ballons on the desk made him so happy. They’re his balloons. I took them off the sticks so I could lay them on the desk. But it still made him so happy. He gets so excited about the little things. It’s one of the things I love about him.
I get my back to school sign printables here.
I shared with you back in the spring about what was hands down our absolute worst homeschool day in the history of ever.
That was a hard day. There are lots of hard days. I wish I could say it was sunshine and rainbows all the time.
But it’s not.
Homeschooling is a very beautiful thing when viewed in hindsight or from a distance. But often, while you’re in the middle of it, it’s a very messy thing.
The hardest thing we’ve hit so far is that BigG has pretty much up to this point had such an easy time learning everything that he doesn’t know how to handle when something doesn’t click right away. And it’s very frustrating and upsetting to him. We’ve gone through a slew of emotional issues in the last few years. That’s another post of another day. But just suffice it to say that handling frustration calmly is something we must work on. Most of the time he KNOWS the answer or solution but he gets so frustrated that he has to think for a moment about it that he becomes totally incapable of thinking. WHEW. Just writing that exhausted me.
Flash forward to week 2 of basic multiplication and division (2s and 3s times tables). I decided today we will just talk through the problems over lunch (he can’t have too much of a meltdown if he’s eating, right?)
So I was giving example after example about how if 4×3=12 then 12 divided by 3 equals 4 and he says, “Wow, I get it. It’s starting to make sense.” It was wonderful. It was one of those beautiful moments that looking back will outshine the mess.
Then when we were done eating and discussing math he hugged me and said, “Thanks for teaching me!”
Oh my heart! Don’t we all long for those words? “Thanks for teaching me, Mom!”
Sometimes the thank yous are few and far between.
Even if we raise our children with good manners to say please and thank you, how many of us expect to hear “thanks for teaching me?” Sure, “Thanks for taking me to the movies, Mom!” “Thanks for washing my smelly soccer uniform.” “Thanks for making my favorite dinner!”
Thanks for teaching me, Mom.
In that moment, it wasn’t that he was glad I was teaching him multiplication and division. He was glad that I was there. That I was his teacher. That I was his safe place when he was frustrated and that I was there for the “light bulb” moment.
So let me tell you something, Moms out there. Thank you for teaching your kids.
It may be a LONG time before they say those words.
They may never say the words.
They may thank you in deed or action one day.
But no matter if, when, or how long it takes for you to your “Thanks for teaching me, Mom!” just know that you are appreciated.
YOU are teaching your children.
And you should be applauded.
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Listed below are some great products to look at before you place your order. The were all given the stamp of approval by Cathy Duffy. If you’ve been homeschooling long you’ve probably heard of her. Cathy Duffy is the know-all when it comes to homeschool curriculum. She has reviewed hundreds of homeschool curricula to help educators like me make an educated decision when shopping for homeschool curriculum. Her book, 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum was a TREMENDOUS help when I was just starting you.
Here’s a handful of Cathy-approved educational picks available at Educents.com. I hope these double-recommended educational resources will relieve you from endless hours of shopping around for the best (and most cost-effective) homeschool resources.
Elementary Math & Science
If you haven’t heard of Life of Fred, you’re in for a real treat. Dr. Stanley F Schmitt is a math teacher who developed story-based math learning series that has taken homeschooling by storm! Forget rote learning that doesn’t resonate: learners follow the Fred and his pals through life and learn math concepts along the way. Kids sometimes don’t even know they’re learning math until they’re told!
Each book has a topic, like Apples, Butterflies, and Cats. I recommend supplementing math learning with science of social studies of the same topic!
As a homeschooler, it’s important to get what you need to educate your kids while also saving money. So, we compiled a list of the best affordable homeschool resources – all available for $20 or less on Educents.
Homeschool Planner – This planner includes dated journal pages, practical forms, motivational quotes, and teaching aides to make your homeschool planning effortless and enjoyable.
Do-a-Dot Mega Bundle – 17 different activities that cover fine motor skills, numbers, letters, sight words, word families, shapes, colors, patterns, and early addition. All of these items are designed for us with do-a-dot markers, but they also come with a variety of suggestions for alternative uses.