Monday, August 20, 2012

First Full Day ~ A Rough Start

Today we started our FULL daily schedule. The reality of homeschooling Eli and Brynne together hit early. Eli gets distracted very easily, so I had to spend a lot of time getting him focused. Brynne, on the other hand, finishes her work quickly and is ready to move on to the next lesson. Since they are doing the same work, I need for them to be working on the same subjects at the same time. That is going to be a challenge for me.

Eli also had two weeping spells before lunch, and I had to excuse him to his room to pull himself together. After he came out the second time, though, he seemed ready to work and was much happier.

A Charlotte Mason education with Eli is going to be so important, I think. And I am going to need to be sure to follow her philosophies of short lessons and living our learning in order to keep from overwhelming him. I need a refresher on this style of learning.

I'll leave this post with a photo of them happily working on their math assignments. We are currently using Addition Teaching and Learning Made Easy by Glenda Brown James. We have really enjoyed it. You can read my full review on it by going HERE.

I am hoping for a more streamlined day tomorrow.


  1. It's so strange not seeing Dawson in your homschool day : ( We started our first day back today too, Yikes is the only word I can say about that! What were you going to use for Dawson's chemistry class this year? I'm still trying to pull our curriculum together (nothing like waiting till the last minute).
    Hope you and the littles have a better day tomorrow : )

  2. Nicole, do you have the dvd series from It's like having your own personal CM lecture and refresher course on how to apply the subjects. My sister-in-law and I get together and watch it again about once a year.

    Hope tomorrow goes more smoothly!

  3. Hang in there. It'll get better. That first day is always tricky. (I know you know this) Bradley gets distracted easily and needs those extra moments to himself. I know exactly what you are experiencing.

  4. Hang in there. I have a two girls that are just like you describe. I make sure to have stress balls, doodling books ( and have a few pages that need little info for the one like Brynne. We have been medication free for over a year and with the Asperger's it can be trying, but I wouldn't miss this time now.

  5. Awww - you both just need to adjust. It will be okay, especially if you are focused on his learning style instead of yours. How is Dawson's new high school experience going???


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