Back to School and the View from Home

Back to School At Home

Today is the first day of school. Morning begins at the coffeemaker … and where it will stop, nobody knows. I do have a general idea, though. There’s a plan — a lesson plan. And we have all of the necessary supplies and a few unique items, too. I thought you might be curious to know what ‘Back to School’ looks like for a homeschooling family. Here’s our take on it … and I always like to begin with a 64-count box of Crayolas. Because why settle for 24 when you can enjoy even more beautiful colors — and a built-in sharpener!


Each child has a bin of books, games, new notebooks and binders, and a few extras just for fun. We have an official lesson plan, but I print off weekly lists for each child. There’s something very satisfying about crossing out completed work.


We always pick a verse for the year — a motto of sorts. Teen moods swing to and fro some days, so I thought a reminder like this might keep people perky and pleasing. At least I can hope.


Do you know people enjoy dictionary work much better when they have to leaf through a 3,000-page tome? It’s a fact. It’s more fun when the book outweighs the student!


There is always room for growth in our schoolhouse. We welcome sunshine and try to fill the rooms with plants of all shapes and sizes. Sometimes there’s even a bean growing on a paper towel, or a potato sprouting on the windowsill.


And even Mom has a reading list …


… and her own motto. Some days are diamonds and some days are tough. It helps me to remember wise words.


Snacks help, too. And morning tea (after coffee, of course). Tea helps a variety of ailments, stubborn outbursts and random acts of care-less-ness. There’s something about a steaming cuppa that soothes the soul. It also pairs well with a good book!


And water, of course. Stay hydrated and your brain works much better.


And last, but certainly not least, a jar full of motivation … inspiration … reward … yeah, occasional bribery. If every school room across America had an M&Ms jar, I’m convinced students — and teachers — would be much happier.


I’ll post some more photos when we actually crack the books. We’re ready, though. There may even be a [tiny] bit of excitement in the house. One says math is his favorite subject. One is ecstatic to start Latin. One is quietly cautious and optimistic and … pondering changes.

Me? I’m bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and determined to enjoy each and every moment, or cry trying.

Happy back to school to all of you — wherever your kids go, however they learn, and whatever way works best for your family. Remember to relax and enjoy, and Just Do Today. Eyes wide open, heart bursting with love of the little wonders your kids are learning minute by minute. What will YOU teach them today?




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  • comment-avatar
    Robyn August 11, 2014 (6:21 am)

    Good Luck to you and your kids as you begin the new school year, Jen!

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      Jennifer August 12, 2014 (1:48 pm)

      Thanks so much, Robyn. The first two days have been rainy … perfect for back-to-school inside mornings 🙂