Thursday, September 1, 2011

Recap of our first day

Or rather: Recap of our first week.

{an especially squinty Audra}

It's actually been a great week. I am really glad to be so organized this year, because that has made things go more smoothly. I'm satisfied with how much we're getting accomplished each day, and am relieved that I didn't overshoot it. (I didn't plan too much.)


Things went pretty much according to my plan here, except that so far the girls have played (fairly) quietly during our reading time for History and so they've stayed with us and I've postponed their video time a bit later during our table time.


The only thing I may be unprepared for is how fast they're going through the books to read on their Assigned reading shelves.  (I selected several books for both Isaac and Ella over the summer that I wanted them to read throughout this school year, and I think they've read three books each.  This week.  Nice.)  I mean, I'm really thankful they're such avid readers, but I was sort of hoping those books would last them a little longer!


The dishes sit while we do school and the house is more cluttered.  The little girls have been in pajamas all day long this entire week, and I am exhausted by the end of the day.  But we're good.  We're reading and learning and relating and praying and singing and in each others way and by the grace of God, I'm handling those (many) interruptions well and we're all loving it.  Truly.  Is there anything better than being with these dear children every day?  I love them so much.  I feel so incredibly blessed.

 "Snapshots" from the week that stand out in my mind:

*Isaac snuggled up to Adelia on the couch with a stack of picture books- reading aloud to her during their buddy time.

*Ella's first dication lesson: complete with tears at the start, but by the end of it? "I really love this, mommy!  This is fun!  Can we do this every day?"

*Pointing to a blank US map and quizzing them on states and capitals.  They SO know more than I do.

*Isaac announcing how much he loves math and he wants to order the next book.

*Daily readings from this book:

(You know how sometimes you just find the perfect book for your kids' ages and imaginations at that particular time? This is it. They are so captivated by this story, all of them- and it's been really fun to read aloud.)

*Audra's new term: "Pocka does" (otherwise known as "polka dots"), and how many times a day she says it.  Apparently she loves pocka does right now.  And I love her.

*Adelia's desire to be apart of every.single.thing.we.do- including asking all sorts of seemingly studious questions about our picture study piece.  Love that lively girl. 

*Lessons on my bed with Ella, then Isaac~ for one-on-one English time, and Ella's cheery, "I'll bet most girls don't get to snuggle up all cozy on their mommy's bed to do English!" 

*Reading lessons at the table with Isaias, and how delighted he was when he read a whole sentence!

I am blessed.  So blessed.

9 comments:

  1. Love this! Beautiful kids... beautiful mama!

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  2. wow Stacy, you are very blessed. And, it just made my heart smile so much to hear how well your kids are doing with their studies. Ella's comment about snuggling with her Mum was the best! What a joy! God bless you all.
    -Lucy

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  3. So glad it went well! Peregrine loves The Indian in the Cupboard too.

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  4. Oh, how I wish I were here with you. I so miss all the little details while I'm away every day with my nose to the grindstone. Thanks for posting this. I'm surprised that there's many little details here that I haven't even heard yet!

    You're a great teacher and a wonderful mommy. I'm so proud of you (and our kids).

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  5. I love to hear how it's all going! So cheerful!

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  6. All of this sounds so wonderful Stacy. Blessed indeed to be with your sweetie children, and encapsulated so well by Ella's sentiments in being cozy while learning with her mama.

    And I LOVED 'The Indian in the Cupboard,' too!

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  7. LOVE! I'm inspired and just love the pictures in your favorite snippets. I have a feeling Adelia and Lael would be BFFs...L keeps asking all the kids if they are going to be on the "narrah path" (narrow path) after our memory verse time on the first day..hilarious. So glad we are back in the season of schooling and blogging!

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  8. Love the pictures - especially the first pic of Audra - SO CUTE! :)

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  9. Sandi~
    Thank you, sweet friend.


    Lucy~
    It is such a gift. I am truly thankful for the privilege to educate them at home!


    Rebeca~
    It's a good book (with minor editing on my part b/c one of the characters does take the Lord's name in vain a few times.) I never read it growing up so it was a fun discovery for me. :)


    Mark~
    Thank you, kind husband of mine. And thank you for working so hard for our family, every day, so that I am able to do what I love. :)



    Heather~
    Thank you. :)


    Kamille~
    Thank you, sweet Kamille. :)


    Kristen~
    That's so funny and cute about Lael's 'narrah path' comment. LOVE it. :)


    Teri~
    Thanks! :)


    Hugs to all of you!

    ~Stacy

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