The Stage is Set

Drum roll please………At almost 11pm I am ready for my first day of home school. We will go over the schedule in the morning, as well as our new chore charts which add that the kids make their own beds. When we were rushing out of the house previously, this wasn’t something that I worried about….but now I guess I’ll have to start making mine too!

This is what the set up looks like:

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Heck yeah, those are real fresh vacuum marks.  Fresh and clean, what what.

My chair is an exercise ball. I have horrible posture and neck pain from it sometimes. I always had good posture, growing up playing the piano but after years of college courses, secretarial work, and teaching the posture has taken a backseat. I’m also hoping it will help me with the ADD fidgeting and maybe I can get a few sit ups in. I have weights under my desk to do some arm exercises between subjects and tasks. Hopefully this isn’t just wishful thinking. The kids set up their desks and are excited.

I also posted learning objectives on the wall. This was a common practice in teaching in the form of essential questions. I decided against this since I’m differentiating across grade levels and chose just to post the learning objectives for each child. I’m doing an author of the week for our whole group reading lessons. I chose a very popular and familiar author (to make it easy on myself) for the first week, Maurice Sendak, most popular for writing the book, Where the Wild Things Are. Other books we are going to be reading this week include, Into the Night Kitchen, Chicken Soup with Rice, Pierre: A Cautionary Tale, and Hector Protector and As I Went Over the Water. I posted the learning objectives and Author of the week. Next week’s authors will be Audrey and Don Wood.  Here’s what that looks like:

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The wonderful man in my life hung a curtain rod, I laminated these and wrote on them with a dry erase marker. I hung them with shoelaces, because that’s all I could manage to come up with late this even suffering from a lost hour of sleep. We need to get something else to hang them with, some kind of hooks for the long run. I’ll change the learning objectives daily and the author every week. I blacked out the names for the purpose of the blog.

I made a basic lesson plan to write activities, including preschool activities for my little guy! I’ll start him off with basic colors and shapes, probably next week. I’m starting with a plant activity for science that I can’t wait to post about! Our schedule will be:

Morning – 8:30-9:00 – Dressed and ready for breakfast

Whole Group Reading – 9:00-9:30

Math – 9:30-10:15

Snack/Brain Break – 10:15-10:30

Independent Reading – 10:30-11:00

Phonics/Spelling – 11:00-11:30

Recess/Lunch – 11:30-12:30

Writing – 12:30-1:00

Special – 1:00-1:30 – Monday –Computers, Tuesday – Music, Wednesday – Gym, Thursday – Art, Friday – Library

Science/Social Studies – 1:30-2:00

My lesson plan looks like:

Subject/Time Kindergarten 1st grade Preschool Learning Activities
Reading 9:00-9:30
Math 9:30-10:15
Phonics/Spelling 11:00-11:30
Writing 12:30-1:00
Special 1:00-1:30
Science

Social Studies

1:30-2:00

I’m sure I will have to adjust things as we get going….

Fingers crossed that my children behave for me and are “bucket fillers” on our first day of homeschool. Here goes nothing, I’m more nervous than I was my first day of actual teaching!  My own kids don’t listen to me as well as other people’s kids.  I guess that’s a good thing they know I love them, like to see what they can get away with…

We have this above the home school room to remind us that happiness dwells in the soul, and hopefully in home school as well!  It has to, I mean, that where our souls are, obviously.

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