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My dd seemed to need an official first day of kindergarten so we chose tuesday. I do plan lessons for the week but we don't follow them strictly and I always get her input first. She misses riding the bus but seems happy to be home with mom and sis. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
I thought we would talk about the community/family through september and focus on babies/children in october since brother/sister is due then. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
We do math everyday and reading (of <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> course).<br><br>
what are you doing for your start of the new school year?
 

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Have fun on your first week! Maybe you could take a short bus trip around town, maybe to a favorite park or out to lunch? That would be a memorable "first week of school" outing!<br><br>
We are starting our 3rd week and taking it pretty slow. On our first day we spent more time decorating our new notebooks and folders and getting aquainted with our new books than anything. Then we went out to lunch at my DD's favorite restaurant with some friends and spent the afternoon having "recess" at a friend's house. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Our first week we did about 2 days of school, last week we got in 3 good days, and this week we'll probably do 3 again. This is my 7th year of homeschooling, so I'm all about having a good time doing it, lol!
 

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We celebrate not back to school by heading to a museum of the kids' choice but we won't start anything schoolish until October. We are camping and cottaging in September. We do have a lot of fun things with our co-op but not really much in the way of academics - a few field trips, another fibre arts day in the park, a potluck baseball game, a butterfly project linked to Journey South etc.<br>
September is always so busy there's no time for school. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
Have fun on your first day.<br>
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Have a great first day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> We go year-round (light in the summer), but we celebrated our first day about 3 weeks ago, when the other schools around here started. I made a banner out of notebook paper and made schultultes - cones filled with school supplies, sweets, and a few surprises all wrapped up. It made a lovely first morning.
 

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Congrats!!<br><br>
Our first day is tomorrow. My husband and I took our kids out to lunch yesterday and gave them little "start of the school year presents."<br><br>
Tonight I bought a teensy little cake and stuck a candle in it. I sang "Happy First Day of Kindergarten to You" to dd1.<br><br>
Tonight she watched me make some props for some of our lessons.<br><br>
She is totally psyched. Dh and I have made a big deal about how big a girl she is now, and how proud we are of her.<br><br>
We've been doing schoolish things for over a year now, and this new plan won't be too much different than what we already do (an extra 45 minutes or so). However, she needed a Kindergarten official start day, since she knows some school kids who are starting next week.<br><br>
Congratulations again, and have a wonderful first week!
 

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Our public schools start tuesday so I am making that our official first day too. Sometime this week I want to take them here. <a href="http://herrett.csi.edu/" target="_blank">http://herrett.csi.edu/</a> My son wants to learn all about bug collecting so I think that is how we will start our year out. This would be my son's first day of kindergarten, I'm not sure how but I want to make it special for him.
 

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my sons go back to school on wednesday so my daughter and I will start then. i am doing a loose nursery/kindergarten program with her this year.<br><br>
for september we are working around the theme of fall. i have 6 fall crafts planned, mostly to do with leaves so that will make for some nice walks to collect them.<br>
we are also doing a letter of the day. practicing printing it, its sound, brainstorming, words start with that letter, reading some simple words that start with the letter, and sometimes a craft relating to the letter. Like on 'B' day we are going to do some pretty serious bubble activities! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
we are also going to be going through the calendar and weather each day. she is trying quite hard to figure out how days and weeks work so it seems like its time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> i bought a nice calender set from Scholars Choice.<br>
i havent finished planning out my approach for math...just reviewing number recognition, printing htem, i want to get a set of counting bears or something similar to do counting, sorting etc.<br>
we head to the library on tuesday to load up on books about fall!!
 

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We're starting kindergarten tomorrow, too. I wanted DS to start when his friends do, to kind of make it special and a big deal. We probably won't do a whole lot tomorrow. We actually have a jewelry party and dentist appointments LOL but I plan on doing a little lesson in the morning to kick it off. We are using Oak Meadow as a loose guide, with Shiller Math and Handwriting Without Tears. DS is ahead of a lot of OM's stuff, so we'll supplement. We also use Headsprout for reading. I like OM's creative ideas, social studies, and science a lot, it focuses on the neighborhood and nature, which is nice for this age. And, the language arts is nice, with fairy tales, drawings, and using kinesthetics among other approaches to help solidify letter shapes and stuff. I'm also planning on going the children's museum on Friday, they have a cooking class on Fridays that I think he'd like. THe best part is, since we are military, it is free admission for us! So I'd like to try to go there every week or two and take advantage of it.
 

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Just a follow-up -- our first day went really well. I had a lot planned, and thought it might all be too much. We ended up covering what I thought would take 4.5 hours with ease, finishing in just under three hours. Dd1 is excited to start again tomorrow, and I can tell she feels very proud of herself.<br><br>
Have a GREAT day tomorrow!!
 

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Hi. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Today is our first day.<br><br>
I made sure I had some posters on the wall where we would be working...one says welcome to our class and has little children all over it. I also have a calendar that you can use a dry erase marker on and I wrote Welcome on it, with decorations.<br><br>
They were so excited when they came in this morning..."Mom, I love the "classroom!" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
We have already done part of our day so far, so I will write later and let you know how it went.
 

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We started Kindy today. I posted some stuff about it on my blog, including a few of our plans for the rest of the month.<br><br><br><a href="http://www.placeofeasypassage.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">http://www.placeofeasypassage.blogspot.com/</a><br><br><br>
Wishing you all a wonderful homeschooling year!
 

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I quit my job nearly a year ago to stay home and help my son learn. So we have been "doing" school for nearly a year. But tomorrow he would be officially starting kindergarten if he were in public school. I guess I feel a bit of pressure now to actually "do" something. We're using a bit of Waldorf, but we're also going to do the letter of the week and work with a calendar. That's about it.<br><br>
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Our 1st day of 1st grade is Tuesday too. My dd is so excited and that's when the schools around here start so it seemed like a great first day. I got her a new big kid back pack and put a couple new to her books in it. I tucked a mermaid doll in one of the pockets too. I've got some fun weather related activities planned and we are going to try making our first lapbook. She loves projects so it seemed like a logical thing for us to do.<br><br>
So I'll give her the backpack with the stuff inside. We'll go outside and take pics. We have a little maple tree that get turns beautiful colors so at the beginning of each month we'll take her pic with the tree and make it into a book next August. (lol, that's our major project for the year) I'm pretty unschoolish, so I'll see what she wants to learn about next. But she likes lessons and projects so we compromise. I'm thinking horses and ponies because she seems to be enthralled with them lately. I make units up based on what she wants to learn about.
 

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Well, it has gone very well. We made a list of reasons why she likes homeschooling, then we read a story, played a game and used magnets to retell the story. Now it is "free play" time, otherwise known as Mommy is taking a brief break and the girls wanted to play.<br><br>
Dd seems fine with everything. We read Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten. She noticed that we do everything she does in kindergarten at home, which seemed to help her feel comfortable.<br><br>
I'm glad to hear everyone is doing well.
 

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We officially started K today as well! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> We've done reading, math and music- now she's eating a snack while her Easy Bake oven heats up because she wants to have a celebration this afternoon about her first day! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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We also started our first day today <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
Preschool for us, and it's EVERYONES first day...even Mommy!<br><br>
I have been reading up on hsing for a little while now and even though DD is only 2 I decided to try and include her as much as possible. DS is 3 but would have started preschool this year with some of his church friends.<br><br>
We took a trip to the grocery store and stocked up on a bunch of fall fruits, used the grocery list to help incorporate drawing straight lines, and went over some red fruits and veggies.<br><br>
After nap we're going to the library and then working with the letter A.<br><br>
For those that hs'd preschool and pre-k, how long did you work during the day and how many days a week?<br>
I know my kids can only handle a few minutes at a time and definitely not 5 days a week....any suggestions?<br><br>
Also did anyone use curriculum at this age?<br>
I bought some workbooks at the store but they are a lot like coloring books with some letter tracing pages and pictures of letters, numbers, and such.
 
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