First Day of School!

Today we officially began the 2016-2017 school year. I’m looking forward to a fun year with a 5th grader, 3rd grader, and 1st grader.

Yes, I know it’s June. Yes, I know most schools just ended for the year; in fact, schools in our district go until next week. But when you choose to school year round, none of that really matters.

We ended the previous school year in late May, and after a three-week hiatus we are ready to go at it again. Now that we’ve been homeschooling for a while {this will be our sixth year} we have gotten pretty comfortable with our routine. We’ve tried taking a longer “summer break” in the past, and it fizzled for many reasons.

So far so good for day one. During “morning school” the Agents all did some math, language arts, and Spanish, and then we read from a few books together {including A Is for America, Sir Cumference and the First Round Table, and The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus}. After some play time, reading, lunch, keyboard practice {Agent E} and more play time, we went outside for about an hour, then came into have “afternoon school,” which covered geography, history, and science. {We focus on these three subjects on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; on Tuesdays and Thursdays we turn our attention to health, art, music, and world religions.}

The Agents were all super excited to get started today, especially sweet Agent A, who is so very happy to be a “big" first grader.

If you’re wondering what it is we actually do as far as subjects/lessons, I’ve written about 5th and 3rd grade here and 1st grade here. I’ve also shared what a typical day looks like for us here.

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