Written by contributer Amida of Journey Into Unschooling
By now, a lot of you have probably started school again. If you took the summer easy like we did, you might have found it a little difficult to jump start the ol’ school bus. Sure, we knew the day was approaching but even so, it caught us off guard and totally unprepared.
I wasn’t the only one. One friend decided to postpone the first day all together, starting next week instead, and the others downright ignored it. Between bites of my sourdough toast and sips of coffee, I decided to jump right in.
While the kids finished up breakfast, I announced our plan for the day and did a quick mental list of what I wanted them to tackle this morning.
Our day went something like this:
- 9:00 -10:30 am breakfast and clean up
- 10:30 -1:00 pm writing, language arts, math, reading, phonics
My oldest spent this entire time writing, while my 9-year-old worked on grammar and math exercises on the computer. After sitting with him for a bit, I worked on reading with my 4-year-old, forming words with “at” endings. We read stories and practiced more phonics work on the computer.
Afterwards, we broke for lunch, followed by some outdoor biking time, which was a welcomed break for all.
As far as spontaneous planning goes, this was a pretty productive day for us, even if all the actual school stuff only lasted 2.5 hours. As we settle back into a routine, we will have days of focused school work, like these, where we spend a couple of hours on academics, and the more “unschooled” days where we work on projects or take field trips. I think both work well for us and create a nice balance of activities.
While far from perfect, it was just what we needed to transition from summer break to school again.
Cups of Coffee: 2
Diapers Changed Before Lunch: 5
Times I Told The Kids To Finish Breakfast So We Could Start: too many to count!
How did you spend your first day of school? Were you prepared or did you wing it like us?