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First Day of School

I know I’ve been remiss in posting lately, and I do apologize.  It’s been with good reason, though.  I have been getting ready for school.  Planning lessons, setting up our “classroom”, putting up posters, and what not.  We are homeschooling preschool again this year, and I have the two best students around town!!

Today was our first day of school for the year and they were SO excited. 

first day of school

first day of school

While I did do homeschool preschool last year, it was really more of a hodge podge of workbooks with Mister, and Sister colored while Mister and I worked.  We typically worked at the kitchen table, and it was really just when Mister asked to “do school.”

This year we are approaching preschool differently.  Each of the kids has their own desk and chair.  We have our flags hanging and the Pledges of Allegiance are displayed on the wall.  We will be following a lesson plan, and I will be recording hours.  I don’t have to record hours until each child is seven, but I am so sanguine that I am starting now so that I can have it well practiced by the time I am required to do it.  LOL.

The biggest difference between this year and last year is that we are actually following a formal kindergarten curriculum for Mister.  Our curriculum line up for the year is:

Abeka K5 Phonics, Reading, and Writing
Abeka K5 Numbers
Abeka K5 God’s World (Science)
You Can Change the World: Learning to Pray for People in Other Countries (Social Studies)
The Complete Daily Curriculum for Early Childhood (sections for art, music, etc)

Mister has already conquered the skills needed for the Abeka K4 curriculum, so we decided to go with the Abeka K5 curriculum.  Sister is only three, and isn’t really interested in school yet (which is fine, she’s only three) so she has the option to either work along side him, color while we work, or play while we work. 

Even though Mister is doing kindergarten work this year, we decided against calling it kindergarten.  Initially I was going to call it kindergarten, because, well, that IS the work he is able to do.  After talking with a fellow homeschooler, though, I decided to call it Advanced Preschool.  The rationale is that when we enroll him in things through the community, I want him to be with his age peers.  Most of the things in the community are based on grade level.  If I tell him he is in Kindergarten, then enroll him in a local VBS or sports team and tell them he’s in preschool one of two things will happen… A) he will think I have lied or B) he will be confused and/or hurt because he’s been “demoted.”  Of course, I don’t want either.  So, advanced preschool it is. 

Semantics?  Perhaps. 

Reasonable?  Certainly.

Worth it if it avoids causing him confusion or pain?  Definitely! 

Anyway, all that to say that today was our first day of school, and it went really well. 

I am excited for the rest of the year!  

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.

Comments

  1. I had no idea there was so much to think about when you homeschool. But, I can see where what you call the grade level is very important.

  2. Good luck with the new school year. As a former home-schooler, I applaud your efforts and am glad to see you taking such a serious approach with it. I have known parents who were not serious about it and their kids definitely suffered and homeschooling was NOT successful for them.

    • Thanks, Rachel. I take their education very seriously, and want to give them the best possible. Which means my sanguine self has to do some serious planning. LOL.

  3. They look so eager to learn!

  4. They look happy to learn. I like the Advanced Preschool title.

  5. Here is to a great school year!! Love that you share your curriculum!

  6. I think your reasoning for saying Advanced Preschool is spot on. My son does attend a public elementary school (an A+ school) and entering the 4th grade next week. But we will be homeschooling him through the middle school grades. As for high school, we’ll see. I love the pics, btw. They look eager to learn!

  7. I don’t know how you do it. I commend home schoolers. We start publix school here in a couple of weeks.

  8. What cute little pupils, so sweet!

  9. I have so much respect for parents who homeschool. I don’t think I could do it.

  10. Good for you! And happy school year!

  11. Awwww so adorable. I’ve been thinking that I stay in Memphis that I’ll probably home school Goo.

  12. Your kids are so cute! Love what you are doing for the school year!

  13. Looks like you have some sweet students. 🙂

  14. He would call you on it, too. Kids take those things seriously.

  15. Your reasoning for calling it advanced preschool is excellent. Makes total sense! Glad it’s going well so far!

  16. I love how organized and structured you’ve made their homeschooling. The desks are just too cute too.

  17. You’re awesome and I love your planning and organization! A woman after my own heart <3

  18. I grew up on ABeka through homeschooling and Christian school. I plan to use it with Sweet T, but I don’t like the new way they do reading/writing with starting them off on cursive right away. I don’t see how it’s beneficial in this day and age when it’s more important to be able to type quickly than to have pretty handwriting. I’m sad that cursive is a dying art, but it’s my job to equip my kids for their future in this age of technology. Your thoughts? Maybe I’m reading too much into it. Ha!

  19. Yay for school! I hope they loved it!

  20. School already!!!??? Hope they enjoy all the excitement a new year brings!

  21. I will be getting ready in a couple of weeks.

  22. April Decheine says:

    Awesome that you are homeschooling! I could never have done it, I was so excited for the kids to go to school.. 🙂

  23. Aw, I have to give it up to you for homeschooling, I know it isn’t easy! I hope that the school year goes well!

  24. I love how organized you are. This will be my first year homeschooling. I will be homeschooling my 10 year old in 4th grade.

  25. wow. I had no idea so much went into homeschooling.

    hope they have a great year!

  26. Good for you! I don’t have the patience to homeschool.

  27. They are both the cutest!

  28. I can hardly believe it’s that time already. My son starts school next week, earlier than most.

  29. So adorable and they look so excited! 🙂

  30. I think it’s great that you are doing this! Wish you a fabulous school year.

  31. They look like they are ready to learn 🙂 jGood luck with the school year 🙂

  32. Hope things are still going well!

  33. Our first day is tomorrow! Have a great school year 🙂

  34. I thought about homeschooling my preschooler this yr then I thought naw too much work and he really needs to be with other kids

    I give u a lot of credit

  35. and it looks like they truly enjoyed getting back.

  36. How is the second week of school going?