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Friday, January 29, 2010

A New Appreciation...

Boy, do I appreciate teachers more now!

Today was my first day of actually teaching the kids. As much as I was looking forward to it, my stomach was knotting up last night thinking of how their educational fates rest on my shoulders. I kept worrying that I won't teach them everything they need to know, or even more realistically, that I won't be able to handle keeping five kids busy at the same time.

Well, it was definitely tough! I am seriously exhausted. I think I did a pretty good job of keeping the boys' attention and making sure they were busy, but only time will tell. The girls were more difficult. Making sure they were tended to and not just being ignored was a feat.

I like the curriculum a lot. Part of today we went outside and dug for worms. We put them all in a jar with dirt, and in a couple days, we'll check out the tunnels they made. Yippee! If any of you need any of those slimy little buggers, they're sitting on top of our fridge. Maybe we can fry 'em up at the end of our experiment and eat some fried worms. Ok, don't call P.E.T.A. on me. We're gonna let them go in the wild.

I told Superman I expect this first month to be a lot of trial and error. I'll be happy if I can just get into a routine by the end of February.

We spent a little over 3 hours (including recesses and snack) on school today. I guess that's about average? My feet hurt. I don't know how Superman stands up for like 6 hours straight at work.

Overall, I'd say I give today a B+. I guess not too bad for a first day.


Essie the Accidental Mommy said...

sounds like it went well!

Margaret said...

I'm glad that the first day went well:) I always admire mothers who homeschool. My mom being one of them. Enjoy these times! It sounds like you all are going to have a lot of fun!

:)De said...

hey Shanti, I'm not sure if you have ever read LA's blog, but she has done 3 really nice post this last week that might be good reading. She has been such an inspiration to me over the last 2 years. Here is a link to her 1st post on homeschooling.

J. said...

sometimes curriculum rocks, sometimes not so much... sounds like a good first week and I am sure that there will be moments where you wonder what you have done but that it will all be good in the end.

sarahbailor said...

What an awesome week! If you haven't already found her Kendra over at Preschoolers and Peace (www. ) has so many fantastic ideas for homeschooling with preschoolers. She's from here in Cali too! She spoke at the Valley Home Educators Conference last year (she has 8 kiddos). Her archives and sidebar are just chalk full of encouragement and ideas. I'm so glad you guys are enjoying MFW curriculum research is such an awesome part of HS'ing!!

Cher said...

My learning curve is going on 2 years now...I fear that I will have the homeschooling thing down by the time the last one leaves the house. Only time will tell! Blessings...Sounds like you are doing a great job.

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