September 18, 2010

Let the School Year Begin

We started the school year on August 30th for Anna Marie and Kathleen. We added William, Andrew, and Therese into the mix the following week, beginning the day after Labor Day. I've never started on a staggered basis, but I felt like I needed to get the girls off to a solid start and working independently before we added everyone. It seems to have worked well, and I think I'll do the same next year.

We've hit a few bumps and tweaked a few things already, as we do each year. But all in all, things are going well.

Anna Marie is in ninth grade this year and taking online classes with Regina Coeli from home which helps take the burden off me. Her teachers are excellent; some of them are college professors. We are very impressed with the caliber of her education through Regina Coeli.

Here is our school roster:

  • Anna Marie - 9th grade
  • Kathleen - 7th grade
  • William - 3rd grade 
  • Andrew - 1st grade
  • Therese - preschool
  • Marguerite - Queen of pulling all the books off the shelf and making us laugh when we shouldn't

There is never a dull moment in our little homeschool, and it's always a race to get everything accomplished before we have to head out for extracurriculars each afternoon.

Following are some scenes from our first week of school.

Kathleen's science experiment involving density and viscosity.
William listens to his history lesson on Sargon of Mesopotamia while coloring his picture of Sargon.
Andrew does a history word-search.
William shows off his Mesopotamian map-work.
Kathleen prepares to leave for her volleyball game.
William and Andrew alphabetize flashcards.
Anna Marie gets an unexpected bit of zoology education when her snake gives birth to twenty-some babies!
(Never did I think I'd have over twenty snakes in my home!)

1 comment:

Natalie said...

Oh my goodness! How are you doing with all those snakes? What are you goin to do with all of them?