We've been waiting for this day for quite some time! It's finally here, the first day of school! For those of you who don't know. Last year I started to homeschool my daughter, my niece and my godbaby. This fall I decided that I would open the school for a few more children. I wanted to keep enrollment low so that I can focus more on each child and they can form friendships easier with their classmates. I believe a smaller student to teacher ratio really can enhance their learning environment.
Ivy and I woke up fairly early that morning. We had laid her outfit out the night before on her window bench. I went into her room and helped her get dressed. Brushed her hair and braided it in a small braid off to the side with a pink bow. Even though we have school at home, Ivy insisted that she have a backpack for school too. So we packed up her backpack with a few special things and a little lunch box. We both ate a small breakfast of cereal and juice and headed out to the front porch for the quintessential first day of school photo's. Ivy was so excited and gave me her best smile for all of the photo's. The morning sun was still lovely and orange - giving me the sign it's going to be a beautiful day!
|My baby on her first day of school|
|Taking pictures of my little girl|
|Taking pictures of my little princess|
|Ready for school|
|Snapping more pictures|
|The entrance to the school in my home. They each have a small basket and a hook for their coat.|
|The art center, toy shelf, morning meeting area and play center|
|The reading nook. Back door, and fish tank installed in the wall.|
|The science area, pet center, water & dirt tables, and meeting table.|
|Overview of the room|
After all of the goodbye's and the parents were gone. The kids and I walked around the room and I pointed everything out to them. We all sat down in the morning meeting area. This is where we meet every day before we start our day. We sing songs together (Yes, I really sing on voice) The Good Morning song, The Days of the Week, The Weather Song and I appoint a Calendar helper for each day. We talk about the month, the days of the week and figure out the weather together as a group. The girls all found their mat and happily listened to the classroom rules and listened to me sing. Soon, they will learn the words too and join in!
|Gathering for Morning Meeting|
|We gotta shake, shake, shake those sillies out!|
When music is though it's time for some free play. The girls are able to play with anything available in the classroom. Some chose to explore, some chose to paint, and others chose a small puzzle to do quietly.
|Giselle working on her puzzle and Maelie doing one aside her|
We all joined at the table for lunch and some of the girls even shared with each other. It was very sweet to see.