Monday, August 29, 2011

First Day and An Embarrassing Discovery

I am happy to report we made it through our first day of school unscathed.  It's probably too early to tell for sure, but I'm really happy with all of our selections for our curriculum. 

We moved our schoolroom for this year.  I was torn about whether or not it would look junky to set up in our "formal family room".  But, the kids really wanted to be where there's sunlight and that seemed like the best option.  I have a whole set up on my wishlist from Ikea- but for now this will have to do:

I took this picture during Hurricane Irene, so it looks a little dark. Normally it's much brighter.  This morning we were greeted by the beautiful morning sun.

So, here's how our first day unfolded:

6:15-7:45-- Mommy alone time

7:45-- Child #1 awakens with a terrible sore throat

7:50-- Child #2 awakens, perky and needing to brush his teeth

8:00-- Child #2 gets dressed and eats breakfast while Child # 1 returns to bed

8:45-- Child #2 starts school

10:45-- Just as Child #2 finishes up school for the day we rush out the door to the doctor's office

11:00-- Child #1 begins school work in the car

11:30-- Meet with Dr.  Discover that Child #1 has tonsillitis and the doctor is shocked that the strep test is negative by the looks of her swollen and angry throat.  We end up bringing home an Rx for some antibiotics, but first, I discover something really embarrassing:

     Child #1 had her last well check-up in 2006, which was also the last time she had immunizations.

Sometimes I wonder about myself.

1:30-2:15-- Return home, Child #1 finishes up her schoolwork

Despite the interruption of having to go the the doctor's I think we had a great first day.  Both kids seemed eager to get to work.

Here's what we ended up selecting for our curriculum:

Grammar/Spelling: Easy Grammar, Sequential Spelling

History/Reading: Sonlight Core D+E/One Year Condensed American History

Bible: An Honorable Boy, A Virtuous Girl (Queen Publishing)

Math: Teaching Textbooks, Saxon

Science: God's Design for Heaven and Earth

Foreign Language: Power Glide Spanish

Art: How to Draw by Jon Gnagy

Music:  Meet the Great Composers

I'm really looking forward to having daddy teach them God's Design for Heaven and Earth- and they are too.  Tomorrow we get to try out art and start our bible studies.

Hope everyone is having a great start to the new school year!


  1. You make me laugh. :) Glad you had a good first day. Sorry Jenna Benna is sick. Hope she feels better soon.

  2. Love your new schoolroom! It looks great! Gosh you are more on the ball than me. We started school 2 weeks ago and I have yet to update my blog. lol! Oh and let me know how you like Jared's Bible curriculum. I got Bob Jones for Xan but am kind of "mehh" about it. I'm thinking of getting either the one you got or the Proverbs one for the boy.

  3. Love the school room, and all the lights. Sorry about Jenna, but sounds like she is a trooper. I use the kids birthday as their yearly check up appointment marker. That is the only way I remember. I am surprise that their pediatrician didn't call you. But oh well! At least you know you have healthy kids!! LOL!