Charting our own course...

In days of old, sailors would keep a journal while at sea to chronicle their lives as they travelled the world in search of adventure... and perhaps an ounce or two of treasure. In this spirit, our family has also set its own course. My husband's career as a naval aviator keeps us travelling to distant shores... adventures await with every new 'port 'o call' we visit! Because of our nomadic lifestyle we have also embarked upon the adventure of homeschooling our twin boys, age 6 (aka: The Crew). The Crew started their 2nd grade work on 06 Aug 2012. I hope you'll enjoy our story as we chart our own course thru life and set sail on new adventures... gathering our stories and treasure along the way.

Fair Winds and Following Seas my friends!

Monday, August 6, 2012

The Crowd Goes Wild

The proverbial bottle has smashed upon the hull of our school year.  It's official.  The first day of 2nd grade is now in the books.   I started the day nice and early with a cup of coffee followed up by my daily routine of lifting heavy things and putting them back down.  After I mopped myself off the floor and downed some breakfast, we headed upstairs and got down to business.  We follow a bit of a routine with the order in which we do our core subjects.  Math is always first.  It takes the longest amount of time, the highest amount of concentration, and the most amount of patience to do it right... so it's where I like to start.  Today was evaluation and review day.  I thought The Crew would struggle a bit after such a long break, but yet again they remind me that they get their math skills from their father by blowing thru the evaluation test and completing their first lesson in record time.

 "The gold medal goes to... the Crew!  Better luck next time disheveled woman with damp hair!"

So on to language arts (grammar, narration, spelling, phonics, & copywork), and reading before it was time to suit up for the boys' morning swim lessons at city pool.  We actually left the house on time without the usual chaos...

"A nice recovery from the woman in black who still looks a bit out of sorts, but who has managed to tame her somewhat questionable hairstyle with multiple headbands and clips!"

The boys did great with their new swim instructors and swam the entire lesson in the deep end of the pool while practicing various stroke techniques... better watch it Mr. Phelps.  We've got our eye some of that gold hardware you're so partial to! 

Then it was back home for the rest of our reading, have some lunch, a bit of free time, and finally to head back upstairs to finish out our core subjects.  First, how 'bout a little review of ancient civilizations, hmmm?  What, it's only starting from 10,000 years ago (give or take a century or two)... no problem!  Once that was complete we broke the seal on our new science curriculum by talking a bit about the planet Earth, it's layers, the atmosphere, etc.  The boys each wrote out a quick review of the lesson in their student workbooks, cut out a planet earth diagram and colored it's different sections.  We then hit our U.S. Fun Facts workbook and spent some time focusing on Fairbanks, Alaska and the Northern Lights as well as the interesting days and nights they experience thru the year.  After a little personal reading time we were done for the day...  So off we went to the local Fro-Yo for a celebratory treat for a day well done!

"And the crowd goes wild!  The frantic woman with hair issues nails her routine!  Noone saw this coming!  A perfect first day... the crowd is going wild!....She did it!  She did it!  She did it!!!!"

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1 comment:

KellyinPA said...

I came over from TWTM board. What a great first day, your boys are gorgeous! We have twin sons too (just turned 11) and homeschooling them has been such a blessing. Enjoy!