School has officially started. I took the obligatory first day of school pictures. Somehow Will and Piper's pictures got deleted so they aren't included in our first day of school pictures. Will is in 5th grade, Isaac is in 4th, and Eli is in 2nd. Our first week is almost over and I think it's gone pretty well. I have been dreading doing Homeschool this year and tried to have a calm heart about it but it wasn't until the night before school started when Mike gave us all blessings that I felt things would be ok. The boys have been awesome this week. They have been on task and had a great attitude the entire week. They didn't even complain when I made them do Yoga with me. They wake up at 7:00, shower, and then clean their room and the bonus room. At 7:30 we eat breakfast and at 8:00 we check their rooms and bonus room to see if they are actually clean and then we check agendas and get started with the day. I say "we" but Mike is really getting back from running or showering but he comes in from time to time to see how things are going or to have family prayer with us before he leaves for work. This week we have talked about the tools for dealing with anxiety and stress by reading about music, yoga, and being in nature. Tomorrow we will talk about how service helps with anxiety/stress and we will make homeless kits for Mike to take with him to work. The school is downtown and there are a lot of homeless individuals asking for money each day. He mentioned he needed something in his car and since I was already planning on talking about service with the kids, this seemed like a good idea to do with them. After reading about these things we put them into practice so the first day we listened to music while we worked, the second day we did yoga and today we went for a hike.
The boys are doing Spanish this year with the help of the Rosetta Stone.
Today we did Egyptian faces for art. The boys loved using the gold paint and had so much fun!