We are in transition week…to prepare for the actual first day of our homeschool on Aug 11. I was debating about beginning today but I decided to make this a transition week, sort of a behavior and schedule boot camp so the boys know what to expect when the real work actually begins :).
I have had the schoolroom set up and I finally got around to printing up our rules, our schedule and our first Bible memory verses (for P’s Old Testament Overview curriculum). I began our day with this, having Pac Man read it all to us (minus the verses-they are for next week). Krash just had to participate, as usual…The schedule worked well and I think we’ll stick with it, I am hoping to make any modifications by Monday so we can get into a routine.
One thing I added this year was a set read aloud time, now that Krash is a bit older I really wanted to make this a part of our routine and not just something we did at various times throughout the day. It began like this–isn’t this a beautiful moment…Within minutes, it looked like this (imagine the screams of protest)…
Needless to say, we had some bad moments in our boot camp of a day. I am having to be tough with K (and P) to get it in their heads that the rules WILL be followed and we will all be happier if they are! K is in the terrible 2 stage of wanting HIS way, ALL of the time (you know-juice on demand, snacks all morning long, tv when he wants it, etc.). Not happening.
I am now glad, very glad, that we are in transition week, so I will have the time to deal with behavior episodes as they arise. Hopefully I can nip some of this before Pac Man’s intense school work arrives on Monday :).
For anyone interested, these are our rules…
1. Be Like Christ
2. Show self control
3. Show honor and respect
4. Do your best work
5. Love one another
Pac helped me decide on them, it was a joint effort a few weeks ago as we talked about the type of school year we wanted to have. They are mainly for P, but obviously some apply to Krash.
Do any of you have a transition week? Anyone starting school (or already started) soon? What does your first day look like? I would love to hear any one’s comments about this!!!