Happy Friday! We have successfully made it through our first week of the 2011-2012 school year! Woo hoo!
Actually, it’s been a really good week. I do have one apology upfront, though. I had such good intentions for making lots of pictures this week and I didn’t make the first one. I just completely forgot. I have got to get back to taking photos regularly. It’s something I enjoy and it makes blog posts so much prettier.
We started Monday off with a complete surprise for the kids. I woke them up as normal, had them do their household chores, and we sat down for our Bible lesson. When we finished, I said, “Okay, now y’all can go get your bathing suits on because we’re going swimming!”
They were so excited! I decided to take some of my own advice and start the year off fun. As I said in my post at The Homeschool Classroom, it was high time homeschooling started dating my family again.
We stopped and got some pizza – lots of pizza! – and headed to a friend’s house for a pizza and pool party. Dad even got to join us. It was a great day and a wonderful back-to-school treat for the kids.
After we got back home, Megan and I made a run to the library, which started something amazing. Apparently, something has finally clicked with Megan and she loves to read! I always said I deserved at least one reader and apparently God agreed.
Now, the book she’s so engrossed in this week is total brain candy, but I’m okay with that. In addition to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, she’s also been reading – during school reading time – a biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. While it is apparently not as much fun as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, she has told me some interesting facts about Mrs. Wilder.
It’s really exciting because not only is she enjoying reading for pleasure, but now I can start encouraging more reading to learn, an independent learning skill that will allow her to follow her own interests and learn more than I could teach her on my own.
I had a couple of unexpected blessings this week that just blew me away. The first was an unexpected monetary gift from a friend that will allow me to purchase a ticket to the Savvy Blogging Summit today – hopefully if they don’t sell out before I can get mine.
I’ve wanted to go to SBS for the last two years, but the fact that it was held in Colorado made it cost-prohibitive for me. Next year it’s being held in Atlanta, which makes it totally doable for this Georgia girl. I can’t wait! And I am so thankful for this unexpected blessing that will allow me to go.
The second was, I won a $100 Lowe’s gift card and Debra Bell’s new homeschool planner from Apologia World! I’m hoping that Lowe’s might let me use the gift card to pay on our refrigerator that we had to purchase unexpectedly when our old one died a few months ago. If they don’t, I’m sure we’ll find something we can use.
The school week ended a little earlier than I’d planned this week since Josh got an opportunity that we couldn’t pass up. He was invited to go to “Survivor Camp” with some friends through their church.
They could only bring a few things such as a Bible, a flashlight, ONE change of clothes, toothpaste, a water bottle, and one personal item. They were told that they’d be eating rice and drinking water, but they could earn additional food items and a shower. Yeah, right. Like any of those boys are going to work hard to earn a shower.
Josh has talked about nothing else all week. He’s imagining some Survivor Man / Dual Survivor /Man vs. Wild weekend where he’s building a fire out of nothing but a couple of twigs and trapping hapless animals and roasting them over said fire.
I’m kind of thinking that it won’t really be like that, but I have heard that the different tribes are going to have to build a raft out of bamboo and float it across a body of water. It should be a great time for him…and totally educational.
That brings us to today. I plan on using the extra time that I have since school got cut short this week to work on the lesson plans that my computer ate. I had three weeks done and they disappeared. Brian and I both looked for them forever.
I’m hoping it will be easier to write them out the second time since 1) I kind of have an idea of what I had planned to do and 2) now that we’ve actually done a week of school, I have a better idea of how our days are going to flow this year.
All in all, it was a great first week, which was very nice considering how burnt out I was still feeling up until about a week before school started.
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