Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Our First Day: The One Where We Dance, Eat, Play, and Goth It Up.

As much as I may not want it to be true, summer has ended and the school year has begun. I love homeschooling, don't get me wrong, but there's something to be said for days of lying in the sun with a good book and I didn't manage to squeeze enough of those into this summer! Be that as it may, our school year arrived today and I did my best to make it a memorable one.

We began the day with Zumba and no, I don't plan to ever take photos of that craziness. Fun! But hot, sweaty, and probably more uncoordinated than we even know. GRIN. Then we moved on to Bible and I realized that our chosen study is not going to work for my widespread age group, so if you have group Bible recommendations for ages 9-16 that don't talk down to the reader, I'm all ears. And then the baked egg brunch was finally ready and we sat down to our special first day of school breakfast (special because I rarely make breakfast!).


Then it was time for history and I asked the kids to clean up while I snuck away to my room to prepare.  The Visigoths and the Celts were on the agenda for today, so I thought it appropriate to goth myself up a bit and add a green jacket to the mix. On went the heavy eyeliner and the black eyeshadow, even a bit of black to the lips with a little lip gloss. I pulled out the fluffy dress from my daughters wedding, threw on my suede high heeled black lace up boots, and headed out to the living room where I announced we'd be learning about the Goths.

My phone makes a lousy camera.
  It was better live and in person...or worse,
depending on your perspective!

The younger kids appreciated the humor, my teenage boys were less than impressed.  In fact, my sixteen year old said he wouldn't be surprised if I dressed like that normally and he would have preferred I come dressed as Abraham Lincoln (I'll have to remember that when we get to the time period!). We settled into reading and I dropped Goth references whenever possible. More eye rolls came my way when I referred to the Franks as hot dogs, but guess what?  They will remember what they learned today because they can associate it with crazy humor! The things I do for my kids, I tell ya.

We finished off our first day with a lively game of Tri-Cross (review to come) and then they all headed to their Shakespeare class! I'm looking forward to hearing how that went when they return. And so ends our first day of school for the year. Yes, it was a lighter one but I...er...my kids need to ease back into things. Tomorrow is another day!



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