Our First Day of School

I have been homeschooling long enough to know that the first few days (and even weeks) of a new homeschool year don’t usually go as planned. Today was no exception.

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I thought we’d ease into a new school year by doing only three subjects today. Bible, math and spelling seemed easy enough to tackle. I should have known that Bible and learning to follow directions without grumbling would have been enough.

My day started at 2 am when the baby woke up needing to nurse for almost an hour (or maybe I was just too tired to realize he was finished nursing sooner.) Then my toddler got up early, thwarting my plans to be dressed before anyone else was up.

The older kids, well aware that today was the first day of school, moved at a snail’s pace when it came to getting dressed and doing their morning chores. Three of my kids were bouncing off the walls before we even sat down to do school work so I told them our first subject for the day was “movement”. They eagerly pulled out a movement card that instructed them to jump in the trampoline for 10 minutes.

movement cards in our workbox

The rest of the day consisted of juggling a baby, keeping the toddler occupied, rounding up kids who wandered away from their school work and laughing to myself at how every year seems to start off the same way. I’ve grown in patience and gained a sense of humor about the chaos that ensues at the beginning of each new school year.

I could write a novel about the mishaps and joys of my day but my eyes are growing heavy so I’ll leave you with a few snapshots.

when your daughter points out all the errors in the Bible story book

My 6th grader volunteered to read to her younger brother so that I could change a dirty diaper without a toddler screaming at me. As my daughter read, she would pause to point out all the biblical errors in the book to her brother. I was delighted to see her critical thinking skills and biblical knowledge being used but sad that yet another book would be going into the donation box.

Playing playdough while reading the Bible keeps their hands busy while they listen

One of the joys of today was reading from The Child’s Story Bible while the kids played with playdough. I’m always amazed at how much information my children retain when their hands are busy and their minds are listening. We had a wonderful discussion about the story we read and what it tells us about who God is and what He has done for us.

Keeping the toddler busy while I homeschool the older kids

My toddler was so excited to be able to use his new “Do A Dot Art Markers” today. He’s been eyeing them ever since they arrived in the mail a few weeks ago but he is only allowed to use them during school time. These worksheets are from The Measured Mom.

And while the toddler was busy working on art, the older kids were diving into math.

tearing the edge of his math worksheet instead of doing the problems

I wish I could say that everyone worked diligently on their math lesson but, as you can see from the picture above, one of my kids spent over 15 minutes ripping the edges of the paper instead of doing the worksheet.

Then one of my girls went to get her Bible from her room so she could do her Bible lesson. She quickly discovered that her little brother had emptied an entire bottle of hand sanitizer onto the pages of her Bible. There was no need for an extra Bible lesson today since a lot of biblical truth was learned through extending forgiveness.

a real life lesson in forgiveness when your little brother dumps hand sanitizer onto your Bible

It was an eventful day filled with joys and struggles. That seems to be how life is. Homeschooling my kids is challenging but it is in those difficult moments that God shows up to change hearts and minds and attitudes (usually mine).

We eventually finished our spelling and math lessons. The kids went outside to play and I collapsed on my bed. Here’s a “thumbs up” to finishing our first day of homeschooling for the new year. Oh, did I mention I forgot all about dinner…

"Thumbs up" I made it through our first day of homeschooling for the new school year!

Happy homeschooling from one homeschool mama to another!


  1. Ah, yes, those days! Wonderful post, telling it like it is. I’m praying for you. 😉

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