Monday, September 12, 2011

first day of homeschool 2011!



deanie is 10 1/2

dancy is 8 1/2

boone is almost 7

hank is almost 5

homeschoolers are so ummm....different.  *smile*

the night before i set the school table

each of the four big kids (the ones actually doing school) got a package of fun pull apart erasers and smarties.



of course dubs got a pack of smarties too :)  the kids had so much fun going into the schoolroom in the morning and finding the surprises.


english was the first subject we tackled for the day.




this is my area in the schoolroom.  i found this desk over the summer and painted it gray.  i love having my own spot.  and yes indeed, we had to pull out the teacher's manual for math on the first day! :)


a couple other new things this year are the big white board and the stick on world map, both from the office supply store.


boone was so excited when he completed his first real english lesson!


one of the many joys of homeschooling right here people!  opa came over to bring lunch and stopped in the schoolroom to check out all the work that had been done. :)

34 comments:

  1. We LOVE homeschooling, too! Your kids are darling and what a FUN first day. Your little notes of encouragement on the table were a great idea....I may have to borrow that one!

    ~Julia

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  2. could ya'll be any cuter?
    i think not.
    i love that deanie is busting out the kickboxing moves on day one of class too.
    sweet sweet family
    xo

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  3. Thanks for sharing! I know it might be slightly off topic but...I have to ask, where did you get the girls shirts? So cute!!

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  4. julia ~ i got the idea from pinterest so go ahead! :)

    paige ~ thank you dear :)

    kathy ~ deanie's tank is from next, her sweater is matilda jane. dancy's dress/shirt is from gap. :)

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  5. How FuN!!!!! Have a great year!

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  6. They all look like they had a fantastic first day! I love the message on the chalkboard. And, Dancy's curls are precious!!

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  7. yay! they are adorable. seriously! we started last week...first time ever! i am happy to see you use Rod and Staff English! the first curriculum i had chosen for my 10 yeard old was way too complicated, so we should be getting our new one next week! happy schooling!

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  8. love the photos! and i love how excited they are about starting school again. we are 4 days off from a break from school here. can't wait!
    Kate x

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  9. Super sweet! What an encouragement this post brings:). I hope you have a great year!!

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  10. Happy First Day to you! We, too, had our first day today...but my homeschool is down to one sweet student, my 10-year-old Bekah. (I have graduated three others from homeschool.)
    It is a delight to see you enjoying these days together!
    We are so blessed!

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  11. What a wonderful first day of school ! I hs'd mine from k - 12. Oldest is married and a college grad and the twins are in their third year of college - with a 4.0 GPA. Hs'ing WORKS and was an absolute joy.

    I love your school room - so comfy and cozy. We converted our carriage house into a classroom and loved having the dedicated space too !

    thanks for sharing !

    gena

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  12. LOVE the details in your first day of school!!

    WHERE WHERE WHERE did the teal hanging file pockets by your desk come from??? The ones that look kinda like lockers? Those are AWESOME and JUST what I've been looking for!!!!
    thanks,
    Sarah

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  13. Love the changes to your room! Hope you and your adorable kiddos have a great year! :)

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  14. The pictures are so cute,your kiddos are so adorable.I love what you have done to the schoolroom.

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  15. I love how cute and put together your kids look! Come see what we look like for a homeschool day:

    http://herbanhomestead.blogspot.com/2011/09/making-words.html

    hahaha!!!

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  16. How great! What a good thing to dress up for the first day of school and make it so special! You are doing the most important work on the planet!!

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  17. the teal locker type hanging files are from joann fabrics :) they had some aisles of dorm room decor and that's where they were!

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  18. Yippee!! {jumping in the air like an old Toyota commercial} Off to Jo-Ann's I go with fingers crossed!! Thanks for the info!
    Sarah

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  19. How fun! I love the vintage cast that a lot of your pictures have. Do you do something in particular to them?

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  20. What a great school room ... I would have loved to have a space like that when we were homeschooling. Hope you all have a great new year of school!

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  21. What an incredibly beautiful blog you have! Not sure how I stumbled on it, but I'm following you now!

    Cindy @ Notes in the Key of Life

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  22. love your first day of school....
    we're about 3 weeks in and the year is going great so far.....

    each year gets better and better!

    love the pictures...especially the one of opa coming to check out the work.

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  23. hi there :) what a CUTE blog you have...thinkin' i'll be back :) we homeschool too, you hs room is adorable!!

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  24. Awww thanks Sara! You know you inspire the socks off me! Love ya~

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  25. What a fun first day!!!! love the smarties idea, such a precious touch that must mean the world to them!

    lovin' your school room too as always.....

    - {darlene}
    fieldstonehilldesign.com

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  26. Well, I want to join you! Talk about fun learning, you do it in GRAND style! And, your children are absolutely precious! What a wonderful year you have ahead of you. Blessings!

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  27. Looks like you will have a busy year!!! Best wishes and have fun!!

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  28. i'd love to be a fly on the wall during your school day! I've got a teaching degree and i still can't understand how you teach four different grades all at the same time. that's serious skill :) on a side note, i assume you use nicknames on the blog for your kids. can you explain the nicknames you chose without revealing their names? if you can't, i understand! just curious.

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  29. Love your first day! I'm a new homeschooler and I'm trying to figure it all out. Schooling, plus doing all the every day house stuff is hard to keep up with...any tips?

    Your school room is AWESOME!

    Sarah B.

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  30. unbelievably precious. you and your kids are adorable!! you are a mom/homeschool teacher rock star!! : )

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  31. I am so impressed with your setup for homeschooling. I am not a homeschooler...but kinda a wanta be. It's always in the back of my head and you make it look perfect. I just found you because someone was featuring your bedroom (gorgeous) and then I just starting looking around and read this post. Love your blog. Off to look at more of it.

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  32. How lovely and blessed family you are. I'm so happy because can see Jesus in the face of each one and the photos and the beautifull home that you have. I believe that "the family is a God idea", do you?
    (Sorry, I'm brazilian and don't can write correctly the english, but certainly I can appreciate something beautiful when I see).

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  33. I found you from a link on Pinterest. You have the cutest children! What a fun family you've got~

    I was originally following the link about your bunk beds. I love them. So practical. We are looking at different designs for my husband to build for our girls. Thanks for such neat ideas~

    ~Cinnamon

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  34. I love your blog and what a beautiful home (and schoolroom!) I am trying to email to ask you where you purchased the cute turquoise wall pockets?
    Thanks so much for your help!
    Marlapayne@me.com

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