Today was our official first day of school for the 2011-2012 year. We had planned on starting the day after Labor Day, but something came up and we decided to hold off until today. I hate starting mid-week anyway, so it worked out better for me. The boys have been really excited about starting again and are looking forward to all the stuff I have planned this year. In addition to our regular academics, we're doing a little Spanish, some newsletter design, typing, poetry, and more. I've got a lot planned, so hopefully they can keep up with me. Or vice versa -- which ever comes first!
Below is a picture of our reading chart for the year. This year we're doing "Nuts for Squirrely". Every time the boys read a book, they write the title and their name on a paper acorn and glue it on the chart. By the end of the school year, I hope to see the tree filled with nuts as well as scattered on the ground. We do this every year. Last year we did "Mousies for Denny". The year before that we glued worms on a giant apple. We've done other things like leaves on trees, ants at a picnic, bones for our dogs, gumballs, pickles for Dilly, etc. It's a fun way to keep track of all the books the kids read each year. So anyway, we survived our first day, so all is well.