Sunday, July 22, 2012

Our first day of school!

Well, we did it!  We officially started back this week.  I was ready, the kids were ready, and the time just seemed right.  That's what I love about homeschooling you can be so flexible!  I was originally thinking we would wait until after our next 2 camping trips, but decided we could just take those days off.  It felt so good to be back to homeschool, and the kids had a good first 2 days.  I highly recommend starting back mid-week because it has only been 2 days and my brain is already revolting, so glad for the weekend to catch up!

The first day consisted of starting our Olympics 2012 unit study, shopping for some school supplies, and going on a nature walk.  Then when we finished all that I did some major organizing of our school room.  It was a pretty light and fun day, and the organizing went pretty quick and easy.
Here is our current work area.  I have their boxes all set up again, and we have organized the counter to have better access to supplies. 


School supply shopping...
Target is by far my favorite place to do this, so we headed there after we were done with our school for the day.

I made up their school lists on my own.  I had things in mind for each of them for this year.  We also didn't need a lot of the basics because we already have a lot of that leftover.  I wanted the kids to have the fun and excitement of going school shopping, but only getting the things we really needed.


 Aaron's school list (1st grade):

1 Poster board for a science project
1 backpack
1 composition book
1 carrying caddy (not pictured)
2 your choice--he chose a globe and ball of rubber bands
1 pair of scissors
1 pack of lined paper
1 binder
1 set of watercolors
1 pad of watercolor paper
1 shoe box for supplies

IMG_0763 April's school list (6th grade):

1 calendar book
1 composition book
1 clipboard
Art supplies--paints, paint brush, 1 canvas (still need to get)
1 backpack
2 your choice items--she chose an American girl book, and a huge mixed color crayon
1 binder and dividers
1 shoe box for supplies
1 carrying caddy

IMG_0764 Aric's school list (pre-K)

1 pack fine line markers
1 set measuring cups
1 set of tongs
2 your choice items--he picked lego folders, and a blue ruler
1 pack playdoh
1 new puzzle
1 carrying caddy
1 shoe box for supplies
1 composition book
1 poster board for science project

We also started out 100 day counting chart... IMG_0775

Our nature walk...
We accidently came across a nature area in Wilsonville.  I didn't even know it was there!  I think it will be the future of many nature walks and explorations.  It's close, and has some nice trails.

We were amazed at the real-life example of a green roof...

IMG_0740  If you are unsure of what exactly this roof is all about (like us), they had a sign.  I wonder what they mean by occasional gardening?  I don't know if I'd want to get up on the roof all that much, but it's a neat concept...IMG_0742 IMG_0743

It is a fairly new park, so we found a lot of cool animal tracks in the concrete parts of the path.  I think it was just fitting for a nature path to find all these tracks of wandering animals that walked on the freshly poured cement.  We identified these as deer tracks...


Fox maybe? Or some sort of dog?


They went along the whole edge of this area...

I think this might be raven tracks...IMG_0757

And these, I think are skunk tracks.  My first thought was a racoon, but it seems to match a striped skunk better...IMG_0756
It was a fun part of our nature walk to see the tracks!

A view of the nature area from the shelters...IMG_0746

Wait for me!... IMG_0747

We saw a caterpillar along the way...IMG_0751

A giant acorn to sit on is always fun...IMG_0752

We made it to the Elder Oak plaza before the boys got tired.  We didn't cover much ground, there was so much more to see.  This Oak tree plaza has some interesting signs about Oak trees to read, and some benches to sit on.  Very peaceful.  IMG_0758 It was a nice walk, and a fun first day of official back to homeschool. I think it was a nice way to start the year. I have yet to get our curriculum list together, but I have written down a few goals I have for each child.  I will post that soon! 

Happy Homeschooling!


1 comment:

  1. SWEET! Glad the start back was smooth for you guys!


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