This year we ended up starting school the same day as Victorian public schools. I had intended to start last week around Australia Day but didn’t have everything quite ready in time. I’m hoping to do more year-round schooling over the coming year. The various curricula we are using is generally scheduled for the American 36-week school year. Here in Australia the school year is closer to 40 weeks. I’m not planning to take extended breaks for the school holidays between terms, though we may scale it down some during those weeks.
Skeeterbug was very excited this morning. Up and dressed immediately, jobs done quickly, breakfast eaten and then “When can we start school?” over and over again until all was ready to go. We started off with circle time. We got out the musical instruments, sang all of our various songs (including Itsy Bitsy Spider as requested by Jitterbug, who likes to play the drums with a sly smile on his face during our songs!), and reviewed all the daily calendar items. I chose to use a pocket chart for our calendar for now. The bad part about using it this way is that I have to take it off the wall in the kitchen and bring it into the lounge for circle time, where it must sit on the floor since it is too flimsy to stand up. Sitting it on the floor leaves it open for Ladybug to walk across, which she did several times. I didn’t want to go buy a foam board ($9 at BigW was the cheapest I could find) so we’ll have to see how this goes.
After circle time it was time for our Treasure Hunt! I packed a box full of some new school supplies, games, and puzzles for them to find. They had to find the clues and spell the word to find the treasure. Great fun.
I also made a little First Day of School booklet for them to fill out. I plan to have them do one of these every year as a keepsake. It includes basic information like age, height, and weight as well as room for their favourite colour, toy, book, etc. I also added a place for them to say what they want to do when they grow up. Skeeterbug said he wants to be an “airplane flyer.” I imagine that’s just what his Dada would have said at that age.
We’ll do first day of school pictures with them holding signs they decorated also. Once I can get Skeeterbug to finish his, that is. Too much colouring and filling things in for one day!