Though our school room is not quite ready to be revealed yet, Matthew and I are enjoying our first morning of school in the new classroom today. When I told Matthew that we were going downstairs for school, he said "huh - really? YAY!!" That's the most excited I've seen him about school since we started a few weeks ago.
We went downstairs, where I'd set up his brand new little student desk, and my own taller version of the same desk. Our desks face each other, a couple of feet apart. For a moment, we just sat there looking at each other, wide grins on both of our faces. Then I suggested that we close our eyes and thank God for this room and ask for his blessing on it. Actually, I thought that this would be a good way to start every school day. Then, I asked him to open up his math book (I've been waiting to give this particular type of instruction - doesn't it sound teacherish??) and I gave him his first assignment of the morning: to finish three pages of math in his Math U See book. It took him less than five minutes - a record, I do believe.
Then I pulled out his Explode the Code phonics book and gave him his instructions for completing three pages of that book. When, just a few moments ago, I asked him how things were going, he politely asked if I could please not talk because he needed to concentrate. Oh. Right. Sorry.
So here I sit, with my kid doing his school work relatively independently and free of complaint (more records established) and I am cheerfully updating my blog while he does it. Hmm - I don't know how long this will last, but it feels pretty darn good for now!