(Deep breath) So, we started our school year this morning. I got up early, had coffee, read the paper checked emails. I made bacon and eggs with whole grain toast. We went for a 15 minute walk (Athena and I) to get the blood flowing. It was cold. I could have used gloves. We came home and went straight to work.
I presented her with brand new school supplies. Pencils, pencil sharpener, glue, scissors. Markers, watercolors, pencil crayons. New binders and notebooks. New scrapbook. She was quite excited.
Jump forward about an hour and she "did not want to make the lower case A. She wanted some snuggles." So, we did our reading time on the rocking chair with her on my lap wrapped in a blanket. Jump forward again, after a 15 minute recess and a snack and she did not want to do another thing. Can't even remember. She sat there looking at me as if to say with her eyes "why would you make me do this horrible thing?" Oh brother!
We managed 2 and a half hours. I was shooting for three. Paul came up from his office to see how it was going. I was frustrated and she was asking if she got to watch Inspector Gadget later in the afternoon. He took her to the post office to do some business mailing and told me that I should perhaps ease into it more slowly.
Things I have learned in 2 1/2 hours of homeschooling:
*Do not expect all of the plans you have written in your day book to go completely as planned.
*Bring knitting with you so you can get a few rows in while she is doing math worksheets.
*The history curriculum I bought may be a wee bit much.
*Bob Books are the best.
*So are magnetic letters and a board.
*Must add more hands on for this girl.
*Try not to be so hard on myself.
*I am totally scrapping my science plans for more practical learning. At least for a while.
Sigh. I really hope tomorrow goes more smoothly. Is it too early for a glass of wine?