First day

from L-R (Audra (K), Ella (7th), Adelia (K), Isaias (4th), and Isaac (5th)

We've wrapped up our first day of school and it was great.  I feel so grateful, every single year, for the freedom and privilege to get to do this homeschooling gig.  I love these kids and I'm so thankful for the time with them and the time we get to spend learning alongside of one another.

My prayer this morning was that our day might go God's way, not mine; that His agenda and plans would reign and that I would invite the interruptions He ordained for our day.  I prayed for myself: for patience and calm, graciousness and a kind tone, and I also purposed not to raise my voice. 

Here's the breakdown of our day, for anyone interested in every detail:

My goals for myself prior to 8 o'clock were these:
-wake by 6:30
-spend time with Jesus
-exercise (treadmill, 20 min)
-start a load of laundry
-breakfast prep (I had a breakfast casserole in the fridge that I'd made the night before that I just had to put in the oven)
-make Mark breakfast, coffee, and pack him a lunch

By 8:00 I'd done everything on the above list except for the load of laundry.  We officially started our day with devotions (during which time I was able to shower and throw in a load of laundry).  I decided that having headphones & CD players in the devotion bin was a brilliant idea because the younger girls chose those and were quiet for a solid twenty-five minutes.  As in, utterly quiet.  The house was really peaceful as I showered, got dressed, made our bed, did a load of laundry and set the table for breakfast.  It was quite nice.

We ate breakfast at 8:30- potato/bacon/egg casserole (link above) and yogurt- and did Bible time (we're reading through Proverbs this year), followed by memory work (we're currently memorizing Psalm 19- we've already been working on it for a few months and we're almost done!).  Then I introduced our new chore system/assignments (photos & details coming soon to a post here on the blog), and we cleared the table.  I showed them their new binders (another post, coming up).  Then we did a drawn narration from our Bible reading and we listened to classical music while we colored (Composer Study... check!)  While they were coloring I loaded the dishwasher from breakfast.

After chores, Isaac practiced piano for 30 minutes while I did Kindergarten with the girls.  Adelia zipped through everything and did the bare minimum while Audra was careful and tedious and wanted all the time in the world, and then more time, and more work to do.  *grin*   I love them both so much.  Ella and Isaias looked at their new assigned reading lists, chose a book, and headed outside to read.

After Kindergarten time, we read some picture books, and then I planned to start our new read-aloud while the kids played quietly on the floor (Audra: duplos, the older three: LEGOs, and Adelia: on the move.)  But there was an argument over a bin of toys and some tears and so we got a late start, but ended up reading one chapter.  Then I read the introduction from Kingsley's The Heroes to kick off our history for the year, while the kids either finished playing or colored.

Then the older three did math at the table for 20 minutes (give or take) while the younger girls played outside (and in, then out, then in, then out), and when they were finished with math it was about 12:30 and since that's all I had planned for our first day, we decided to go on a bike ride.  Actually, Audra and I walked while the older four rode, and then we headed back home for lunch by 2:00 (which Ella and Isaias prepped).  Now we're having quiet times and Ella is going to practice piano soon.

I plan to do Kindergarten on M-W-F, so we wouldn't usually do it on Tuesdays, but since the girls had been anticipating it and our first day landed on a Tuesday, I went ahead and did it for today.  On our schedule I also have cursive (older three) and spelling (Isaias) happening on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in addition to what we did today, but I skipped those for today, knowing it was our first day back into routine.

Mark will be home sometime after 4 and I have a meal planned for tonight (and for the next two weeks.)  I find it so helpful to start the year organized in the meal-planning department.  (I'll post my meal plan on Thursday.)

How was your day?


  1. My day was great -- mostly because I knew you were having a great day here at home. I am so thankful you get to teach our kids, and am so amazed by the teacher you are.

    1. Thank you, Mark! And thank you for working so hard every day to provide for our family. You're the greatest ever. xo

  2. I always love reading about your school routines. You are so inspiring, and I feel like in a small way I can live vicariously through you. :-) My life is different in so many and serving in a country where homeschooling isn't an option for our family is one of the biggest ways...but I've still gleaned so many great ideas and tips from you that we have put into practice despite not being a homeschooling family.

    1. Oh, Sarah. You are so kind and encouraging. Thank you! Blessings to you and your dear family, my friend.

  3. Love reading every detail!
    And would love to see your meal plan ... I have been so unorganized in that area lately and knowing I must get some plan in place. *such a helpful tool in managing daily craziness. :)

    1. Thanks, Emily. And YES! (meal planning being such a helpful tool in managing daily craziness! SO true! I can't tell you what a gift these last couple of days have been just purely knowing *what* we're eating for each meal (and that I have on hand what we need to make it!) Such a gift.

  4. I loved reading about your day! Today was a good day for us. We had a smooth school day with no tears and then we started sorting through fall clothes (what a job!). Brian worked late tonight, but the kids and I worked together to get dinner on the table and everyone went to bed happy. :-)

    1. I also wanted to say that I'm excited to see your meal plan.

  5. Hi Stacy, not been here for a while, but what a lovely post about your first day. I was really interested to read about your drawn Bible narration and would love to hear more about that here or if you can share a link elsewhere.
    Every blessing for a great school year,
    Victoria x


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