Wednesday, August 25, 2010

First Week of School...How Is It Going So Far?

I have to say that I'm truly amazed at how school is going this first week.  I'm not saying that Sam is just LOVING school now because there are still times when he whines about doing it.  But we get the work done when it needs to get done.  In fact so far this week we have managed to be done between 1:00 and 2:00 in the afternoon.  We generally don't get started until around 8:30 and I let him take a good 10 minute break between his subjects.  He takes daily quizzes/assessments after every lesson and so far he's pulling A's!

I do have to say that this is a very new expierence for the both of us.  We're both learning what works and what doesn't work.  I must admit that on Tuesday I finally realized that the really BIG books for each of Sam's subjects were actually my books.  They were the lesson plans and answer keys.  Once I found them automatically I felt much better about how I was going to prepare for each day.

I'm really looking foward to his Art classes!  They are going into the history of art and have a really neat project every week.  You can make sure you'll see some of those projects on here!  I'm also looking forward to the field trips that we'll take.  We'll take some with Connections Academy, some with the local Connections families and some just on our own.  In fact one of the families is having an informal Back to School Get-Together tomorrow evening.  We'll get to meet kids in the same program in grades 3 through 8!  Great mix of ages I think.

I know I've talked a lot this past week about what we are doing for Sam and school but it's just so exciting for us.  Sam's writing (content and penmenship), communicating and self-esteem seem to be growing leaps and bounds! 

I'd love to hear how everyone else is doing during their first week of school (if you've already started that is).  Doesn't matter what school you're in!


Manders said...

I'm glad it is going so well. Hopefully it continues. It sounds like a really great program. Our schools in Alberta do not go back until next week. My son is starting at a new school in an arts-centered learning program. I think he will really enjoy it!!

rachelizabeth said...

School is going good here. 3 days in and David already has had daily homework, but it's been easy so far. Today his homework was a "getting to know you" type writing assignment. He had to answer a bunch of questions about himself. The last question was to draw a pitcure of something important to him. He was upset because he wouldn't be able to draw a picture of God. Not becuase of school policies, but because he has no idea what God looks like!

Alex is enjoying 1st grade so far. I haven't been able to get any clear answers from him about what he's done.

Miguel is loving school, too! He is back with the speech therapy/pre-k class. There's a new teacher, but the class format is the same. He just thrives there. I'm hoping he'll continue to!

Me? The sudden shift between quiet of the day and loud when the boys get home is killing my ears. I've had a few headaches this week - all starting about 3:20! I'm also REALLY tired. I am so not a morning person and getting up early is just killing me.

All in all, though, I'm glad school is back! It's nice to have routine again.

Sorry for the novel in the post, but you asked for it! =)


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