Today DD-14’s new homeschool year begun.
Now, my daughter is a bright young lady who likes to learn new things, but nevertheless she wasn’t exactly excited about starting a new homeschool year. Because, let’s be honest, being allowed to do as you please is way more fun than having to learn things just because “school” has started again.
In fact, having to learn takes all the fun out of learning. I understand that. And so I involved my girl in the planning of her new homeschool year. We discussed what she would like to learn and how we would evaluate her progress. And although she’ll probably still not always like it, we’ll be fine.
Also, because I think a first day of “school” should be fun, we did some fun things today. After she cleaned the rabbit’s hutch and fed the rabbit, of course. (That’s “Home Management”, by the way – the course in which she learns how to take care of home, garden and pets.)
So… DD-14 made biscuits. Nice, soft, crumbly “melt-in-your-mouth” biscuits. She’s very good at that! (That would be “Food and Nutrition” or “Culinary arts” or whichever fancy name we manage to come up with.) I made hot chocolate, and then we went upstairs, to our brand new TV room (yes, it’s finally there!) and I asked DD-14 which DVD she’d like to watch. Nabucco, Schindler’s List, Amadeus or Girl, Interrupted.
She chose Girl, Interrupted, which will count for either psychology or art.
Tomorrow we’ll have more of a regular homeschool day, though I doubt we’ll be using a lot of textbooks this year. DD-14 prefers to learn using other sources.
And, much to DD-14’s delight she’ll be having three days off from Wednesday to Friday, as we’ll be celebrating Rosh Hashanah. Which reminds me: I really should get myself a new calendar presto!
I think I’ll teach my girl how to bake challah. Another great activity for her Food and Nutrition course.
I might want to try my hand at the braided version, though I think DD-14 might want to start with a simple round challah.
If you’re a home educating parent, when did you start your new homeschool year? Did you do anything to make your child’s first day of homeschool special?