Yesterday we started our 2014-2015 school year.
We had been dipping our toes into our curriculum the entire month of August,
but hadn't "officially" started until yesterday.
We have a first grader, preschooler, "schoolroom destroyer," and newborn
enrolled in the Quick Family School.
I woke an hour and a half before the kids rose so I could get ready,
spend some time praying over our morning, and pray for other teachers
(homeschooling moms and those who teach in the school system)
before it was time to welcome the kiddos to breakfast.
I had made cinnamon rolls ( I used Pioneer Woman's recipe with maple frosting- yum!)
and they got the special treat of having orange juice for breakfast.
All they could talk about was the juice for the entire breakfast.
We started school and had a great morning.
We have some work to do as far as being patient and waiting our turn goes.
Liam had his first real taste of "you must sit down and finish your work" this year.
Last year, I would give him school work and he tinkered with it,
but wasn't forced to finish it all.
This year is different. He has to complete his tasks, though there aren't too many.
Last year, Ella had my full attention and was used to me jumping the moment she had a question.
This year, she has to learn to wait when I am working with Liam.
Not only that, but Guinnyth is a full-time fixture in our schoolroom.
Last year, she would hang with us for about 15 minutes,
and then I would put her in her crib with some toys for the rest of the school time
(school was much shorter last year).
This year, she is hanging with us and hopping from school chair to school chair "helping"
Liam and Ella with their work.
I will give periodic updates as the year progresses.
Our first day was as smooth as I could have hoped for.
The reality of longer school days is here and we are all learning to adjust to them.
It is going to be an exciting year!