First Day of School: Homeschool Edition

Our beachside elementary school officially opened its doors yesterday. Children with a deep need for routine made beginning a week earlier than planned a necessity.  And so, with a great deal of excitement mingled with even greater nervous energy, we began our first day of school.

I got out of bed, my feet hitting the cold tile floor and my stomach flipped upside down.  Getting dressed, I seriously entertained the idea of packing the kids up and driving to Tampa to enroll them in school.  I looked in the mirror at the wide, scared eyes staring back.  What if I fail?  What if I irrevocably screw them up for life?  What if  damage our relationship with one another?  What if…

And then I stopped.  Took a deep breath.  Prayed.

What if this is the best thing that ever happened to our family?  What if I choose to rest in the now and what has clearly been laid out before us?  What if it’s fun?!

And that was it.  I walked out of the bathroom and down the hall and began an adventure I never thought I’d take.  And dare I say…we had fun.

Preapring to begin our day.

Walking to school. Really, we just made a huge circle and came back home.

There's something for everyone to do. Although my guess is Landon asked me roughly 462 times if he could please play the Ds.

The letter ‘F’ was on the docket for the first day.
Snack time was combined with recess.
Recess was at the park.
Picnic lunch on the floor in a pillow fort.
Landon gets hold of the camera while I’m not looking and takes 56 pictures of my backside.
Math, Geography, History and Literature are covered.
We covered Russian as well.
At the end of the day, we made our walk back home.



Today we get to do it all over again.

I think I’m excited.


  1. I remember those days. Your post definitely made me smile. Enjoy this adventure!

  2. HAVE FUN!!!! There is lots to be said for the different pace of homeschooling!

    • Yes, it is fun. The slower pace kind of freaks me out a little – I keep feeling like maybe I’m not doing enough. But then I remind myself that we are accomplishing a lot more in a shorter amount of time. It’s just an adjustment. 🙂

  3. Congratulations! A great first day of schooling. An amazing mom! And Russian is not fortgotten. Well done! I’m here for you if you need help…

    • Thanks Sveta! We’ll have to swap resources – I’ll get some English ones to you and you get some Russian to me. 🙂 Love you!

  4. I love this! Great job making it fun for the kids. I can’t wait to read more about this adventure. ;D

    • Trying to make it fun. There’s an adjustment period for sure. I’m trying not to get all anal and make them do a million things each day. That’s a challenge for the overachiever in me!