Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Back To School and LOVING IT!

So after much preperation, stress and big decisions we have finally started school. We are 3 days down and all is going quite well. Last year having Adia in school was perfect for a season but we missed her so much around here and it feels so good having her back in the midst of our daily routines. I love having them all home (most of the time). There are a lot of new things for us to conquer this school year and I feel very confident going into it. Especially since I have such an awesome hubby who is so supportive and has even taken over the WHOLE morning routine for me so I can get ready in peace and have a little down time before I jump into my days. He has gotten the kids up, got them ready, fed them and I am LOVING it! I start school feeling so refreshed vs. the old feeling of being frazzled before I even started the school day. I think this might be the best gift he has ever given me!

Well, here are a few pictures of our first few days. Official first day of school pictures come the first day of co-op.

Here are my beautiful girls working on cursive writing together. Adia has kind of taught herself so I am having her start over to make sure she forms her letters nicely and properly. Avery is catching on quick and they are working really well together (so far at least).

Kenyon is so excited to finally be in Kindergarten and he is doing so good! I thought it would be hard to keep him focused but he loves the routine of it all and actually on his breaks he complains "why do the big girls get more school than me"... oh if that was always the problem! This picture is him with his work log. For those of you a bit curious as to how we do it around here each kid has a binder with their weekly work logs in it. We check each subject off as we complete them and save our work in the designated area of our binder. Kenyon feels so BIG TIME and loves doing his own checks.

Today for his break time he asked if he could make an Iron Man costume and this is what he came up with. The sound effects were awesome and he even asked to go to the neighbors house to show his friend. I let him and of course Adia was so emberassed that her friends might see him and know what a dork her brother is.

Adia has made a moby wrap out of one of my scarves to keep a pet on her while she reads or writes. This picture has such a huge smile on her due to the fact that her "baby" leaked on her while I was snapping shots. The picture she is holding is her version of a Picasso piece of art.
The kids have all enjoyed studying about the life of Pablo Picasso this week.
Avery is so dilegent and takes her time as she works.
BTW - how did I get 3 left handed kiddos (Avery, Kenyon and Adison)???

My Picasso wanna be's. It was so cute when I poured the paint today and Avery asked "are we painting something from his blue period or the cube one"?

Adison is always thrilled when she gets to join us!

This was day one during our bedtime routine. Each kid got to show dad the binder covers they made and tell him a bit about our day. They were all really positive which made all my effort worth it for sure!

Adia's books haven't all come in so she enjoyed a very easy history read the first day of school.

And here are the girls during reading time. They read for 30 minutes from a book about the time period we are studying in hisotry and then later in the day the get to read from a chapter book of their choice. I love that they enjoy that time and that I hear them sharing info with each other while they read. Although technically they aren't supposed to be talking.

Well, thats it for now... hope you enjoyed a small peek into my world! I also hope the joy I feel being their teacher last me the whole year through! It will for sure have it's harder seasons and I just hope moments like the ones I shared will get me through it!


The Holyoaks said...

Tell Adia my brother used to embarrass me when he left the house, too.

And this post makes me stressed and tired.

The Horners said...

You seem so organized! That picture of Avery practicing her cursive... I first thought it was her cursive and I was shocked that she wrote so well! Hahaha! School stresses me out... I called our first preschool on our list today and I'm already freaking out!

Amie said...

Wow, what studious little people you have! Can't wait to see you all next week. What class does Avery have with Sophia?

Amy and Family said...

Amie, Sophia and Avery are in the Graceful Girls PE together. Block A Avery is in Sing and Sign - too bad they didn't get that class together also.

Rochelle said...

Everything looks so clean and organized. Keep it up mom!

The Mid-Cart Parentals said...

Pace yourself...three different grade levels is tough! Love your set up - looks like everyone is ready to go! Sounds like you have some fun Co-op classes lined up, too. Can't wait to hear all about them.

Gpa Paul said...

You seem to be doing OK and not practicing your own "curse ive". Keep up the good work

The Millers said...

Looks like the year is off to a great start. Love all the pics!

Shantel said...

I love the Iron Man Costume. What creativity and imagination!!! And kuddos to you. Everything sounds amazing!

Rick and Leah said...

I'm so impressed. You are super mom! Love how creative your kids are. I can't believe you have 3 leftie kids! Crazy!