First Day of School DITL

So today was our first official day of…well, let’s put it this way Brady asked me what grade he was in yesterday and I had no idea what to tell him lol Kindergarten, chronologically, 3rd or 4th if we’re going by most of the work he’s doing. Anyway I followed him around with a camera, as is my wont on days like today, and here’s what we were up to.

B woke up bright and early and found the table set up like this

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He was super excited to open his schultuete (and extra present because the notebooks and paper wouldn’t fit in the cone)

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And we had to break out the new supplies right away, of course.

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Then some blueberry waffle and a little Doc McStuffins (I have “It’s Time For Your Check-Up” pretty much permanently stuck in my head at this point. Anyone else?)

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Finally real clothes and outside for the traditional 1st day picture (he’s holding a tomato in the 1st picture because it was ripe this morning and he picked it on the way to his “mini-forest”)

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Then back inside for journal writing (I asked him to draw the thing he was happiest/most excited about for this coming school year and he drew me.  I don’t know what he’s after, but I will probably give it to him :-p)

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I instituted a new plan this year in which I have him draw an activity card out of a bag in between each subject/page. The cards have things like yoga poses, games of “Simon Says”, a few minutes on his mini trampoline, “slither like a snake,” etc and they really help to get the wiggles out and keep him focused (he changed his shirt mid-day as it got warmer)

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Onto handwriting (but not before doing our silly finger stretches (this one he wiggles his fingers around and yells “wubba-wubba-wubba!” we also do “Five Fat Peas” and sometimes other little finger games)

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Then spelling words on the chalkboard

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Back to the table for reading comprehension

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And out to the living room for literature (fairy tales today, we read “Cinderella,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “Rapunzel” and Brady worked on the accompanying workbook pages while I read

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He hates coloring, but I am amazed at the improvement in his penmanship and drawing since his surgery

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Next we had a kick-off meeting for K12

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And then a lunchbreak

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After lunch it was time for math (we’ve been given the go-ahead to test through the units so this was an assessment)

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Then History

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We talked about Spain today and added their flag to our wall

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We read “Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf outside and then I let Brady play in the yard for awhile.

When he came back in it was time to do some work in our “Maps and Geography” book.  It is very thorough, today we learned how to read a floorplan.

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Then a little science. Today we were discussing the sense of taste. First a short online activity

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Then he examined his tastebuds in a mirror

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And we had a blind taste-test (he got all of these right except the lime juice. He spit it out and yelled “WHY ARE YOU TRYING TO POISON ME WITH VINEGAR?!?!” lol)

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We finished our day with a discussion of Johann Sebastian Bach while some of his music played in the background

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All-in-all I think we’re off to a good start. Pausing frequently makes it take longer overall, but it’s more pleasant for everyone involved too. I’m sure there will be some schedule adjustments along the way, but so far so good. How are things in your homeschool?


3 thoughts on “First Day of School DITL

  1. Pingback: 1st week wrap-up | Teaching Brady

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