All joking aside, it was really a wonderful day when you consider that it is so new and different for all of us! I truly enjoyed teaching, and was surprisingly pleased with my level of patience! Haha!
Some subjects we covered today are: math, spelling, handwriting, english, reading, telling time, geography, history, science, piano lessons, flash cards, and last but not least, devotions and study of the Bible's origins. Also, a nature walk, snowball fight and a few laps being chased by one another since it was only -2 by this afternoon!
My boys did well, and stayed on track. We even finished ahead of schedule! We did have a few breaks, and I think that helped as they got their energy and wrestling out of the way during those times! ;-) We also implemented a new chore schedule and that's going pretty well. They might be a little sick of it by the end of the week, but they'll just have to adapt!
I even got a few chores of my own done and snuck in some coffee and reading during their first morning break! I would say the most challenging things are having to teach all 3 at once and the different age levels. I really admire the olden-day school teachers that had a whole class ranging from about 5-15 year olds most likely!! Wow. I have even more respect for my mom who had TWICE as many kids as I do to homeschool!
My boys are definitely boys and tend to get a bit silly and draw each other off track, but the reward/discipline system I'm implementing helped to rein them in! All in all, it was a successful first day and I loved watching my boys interact, and the fact that I was able to be with them the entire day! Asher and I definitely missed Malachi and Jonah when they used to be gone all day long.
Here are a few pictures of the boys schooling today... we have lots of different tables and couches to sit at, and it's kind of fun for them that they don't have to be at a desk.
And some pictures of our outdoors fun!
Seriously, a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who is praying for me and encouraging me! I feel more relaxed and confident after getting through the first day. I CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens me!!