Day One.

August 11, 2009 at 4:08 am 7 comments

Please don’t expect my title to be catchy today. Sorry.

We homeschooled this morning. I’m writing this more for me than anything…I want to remember this day, even though I wouldn’t exactly call it a success. But what is success, really?

We got up on time. In our family, that means before 7. Everyone got dressed, which was the first sign that something was changing today. 

Paisley ate her breakfast. I fixed her hair, and she put on her “packpack”. We took all of the required pictures for posterity. Then it started.

I boohooed. My baby. My Paizy. Why is she going to school? What is going on here?

Aidan and Molly hugged and kissed her, then she came and gave me a “big mooch” and saw me crying. She turned to walk off. Then she turned around and came back. She put her little fingers on my cheek and wiped off my tears. She said, “Mommy otay?” After another hug and kiss, I dried up, and they were off. 

I knew the only way to handle it was to get busy. I needed to get my mind off the fact that this was not what I had in mind for our first day of school experience. 

Aidan and Molly helped me get out the supplies I bought a few weeks ago. I kept everything wrapped up and in the box just in case someone came and bought our house before school started. The first thing we did was look at the cool wipe off calendar. We learned the date, the day of the week, and wrote down any events we have coming up. Then we made a chart with chores and reading progress. Then we made a list of rules, the first being “Respect mom and respect each other.” 

After the getting started stuff, we headed to the kitchen to learn our verse of the week. I really want the kids to start memorizing scripture because, good grief, if there is anything they can learn that will actually help them for the rest of their lives, that would be it. So in light of today’s new situation, and my fear of being inadequate, I chose “I can do all things through Jesus who gives me strength.” Phillippians 4:13. The kids read it on our big tablet and said it over and over again. We took turns reading, and repeating it after me. By the end of the time, we were standing in our chairs shouting “I CAN DO! ALL THINGS! THROUGH JESUS! WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH!!!!” 

Actually, Molly and I were doing that, Aidan was looking at us like we were crazy. Party pooper. 

Then I made my first mistake of the morning, I asked them to copy the verse down. I knew they could write, and they certainly need the practice. But apparently writing that classic verse that seems so short to me is like writing the whole New Testament to them. They got to the word “things” and just couldn’t hang anymore. I told them we’d do the second part tomorrow. 

Then onto math. I had a math workbook on order, and had not picked it up yet. So, since we were cruising low-key today, Aidan and I did flash cards. Molly sat at the table with us with her abacus. They did addition problems, Aidan in his head, Molly on the abacus. Nobody learned anything new, but it got them thinking about numbers and putting them together. Mission accomplished. 

Spelling came next, and I have a great workbook for that. I tore out the first page and gave it to Aidan and explained the directions. He had to pick out his spelling words in a paragraph and then copy them twice. Molly and I went to my room while he worked so I could put my makeup on and she did some kindergarten activities in her book. She put pictures in sequential order, and picked out words that did not rhyme with the other words. 

I checked on Aidan and he was stuck. He had written the first five words twice but then was just stuck. He couldn’t make his S look right, so he was just sitting there. We worked it out and he finished, as long as I sat with him. Not a loner, that kid. 

By this time it was almost 10:00, so we got in the car and ran some errands. I bought a cheerleader suit for Molly off of craigslist, so we had to go try it on and buy it from a lady in Madison. After that (which was an experience in itself) we ran to the school store to pick up math workbooks for both kids. Then a few more stops, lots of whining and crying, and we made it back home. 

We had not been here 5 minutes when Paisley came in the door. She cried when Michael dropped her off. She never does that. She is the one at church who just walks right in. But she cried, and that hurts my heart. She got over it, though, and had a fun day. I am sad that she has to be there, I really wanted to be with her, but I’m glad she’s having fun. 

After Paisley went to sleep, the kids and I played Sight Word Bingo for our reading time today. They are both such good readers, it will be fun to do the reading with them. Molly has read about 3 books today already. She’s reading level 2 books with no problem. I have to remember that she can read well, but the writing will be harder for her simply because she hasn’t had to do as much writing. 

I think we’re done for the day. I am reminding myself that it is just the first day. There are adjustments to be made by everyone. Aidan and I are going to have some issues with attitude, but we’ll work it out. 

I am sad that I won’t be able to take my little boy to first grade. That is an experience I have looked forward to since he was born. 

I don’t know if they learned anything today. I don’t know if today was supposed to be about learning, or just getting situated. I have no idea what is expected of any of us. I’m tired and confused and a little bit sad. 

But we can do this. I haven’t experienced it much in my life, but God does ask us to do things we don’t want to do. I think about Abraham being asked to sacrifice his son. Of course he didn’t want to do that. I think about Moses being told to go to Pharoah and ask for freedom. He begged not to, and pleaded inadequacy. 

Homeschooling is small potatoes compared to that. 

“I can do all things through Jesus who gives me strength.”

P.S. I wrote this earlier in the day, when I was wallowing in a puddle of discouragement. As of now, though, I have a detailed plan for the week, and I’m familiar with the workbooks and I know what I’m doing. Maybe. So pray for us, but there’s no need for intervention just yet.


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Steve Wilson  |  August 11, 2009 at 6:37 am

    Sounds like a great first day!
    You CAN do all things through Christ who gives YOU strength, and wisdom and courage and patience and a sense of humor.
    God has given you a great heart, a great big heart. You can’t buy heart at the school store. You have it in abundance.

  • 2. April  |  August 11, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Every teacher has great days, bad days, happy days, and melancholy days. The first few days are about establishing rules and routines, and you get an A+ for getting that right. It’s going to be a challenge, but you’ll be fine. And so will Molly and Aidan! Good luck to the Albritton Academy!

  • 3. Amanda  |  August 11, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    I am impressed! Homeschooling! You are so much better then me!!! You are going to be wonderful!

  • 4. Hannah  |  August 12, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Sounds like you are off to a great start. You can do this! 🙂

  • 5. Allie  |  August 12, 2009 at 12:32 am

    🙂 this is great! first time i’ve read your blog, and you ms. priss are a very good writer!
    i think it’s great you’re getting them to have memory verses: that will be such a blessing! (both for them AND you)
    I love you all so much! i’ll be praying for you; let me know if i can do anything else for you!!

  • 6. Jennifer  |  August 12, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    I have been wanting to talk to you this week but now that y’all in in “school’ I don’t know a good time. Call me when you get 10 minutes! I having been praying for you!

  • 7. April Pointer  |  August 13, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Hi Ann!
    My sister is Jennifer Jordan and she told me about you homeschooling. How wonderful for you! We homeschool as well and she thought you might want another HSing mom to be friends with. I’d love to talk about it all with you. There’s soooo much out there for homeschoolers and it can be really easy with the right support, curriculum and tools for younger siblings who aren’t school age yet. Email me and we can get to know one another. =)

    Homeschooling is certainly one of the best adventures we’ve been on. I’m really glad God had this for our family!

    Hope to hear from you soon,
    April Pointer


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