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Our First Day

Posted by on 18 August 2008

The Schoolhouse has started!!

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I can’t even begin to tell you how good our first day of homeschool was.  Everyone told me that the first day absolutely sets the tone for the rest of the school year.  If that’s the case, we’re going to have a super year!!  We rolled through the classes like we actually knew what we were doing.  I had allowed myself an hour for each class.  I knew I might adjust this to less time later, but it’s better to be safe.  We started the day with language arts.  Done in 20 minutes.  Then we did a little geography for our social studies.  I asked if she wanted to move on or have a break.  She said move on, so we did spelling, which should have been in the afternoon.  Then she took a break and played for awhile.  I figured that would be our real test….if she could focus again.  She did and she read aloud one chapter in our book Little House on the Prairie.  It was then time for lunch, so I made that while she wrote in her journal.  She played after lunch and then I knew we had another test….math!!  We did the math lesson and she completed her daily work in 30 minutes.  I wasn’t really prepared for the last class of the day (which isn’t even a class, it’s something “made up” I guess you could say).  She read a little and we were done for the day!!  We finished really early, even with a play break.  She’s really a great kid.  I’m quite sure we’ll have some struggles, but this is going to be perfect for us.
I told K after all was said and done that if we keep moving at this pace, I’m going to start to double up on the lessons.  There’s absolutely no reason why I/we can’t as long as she’s understanding it and everything is working smoothly.  She asked if she could be in 7th grade math this year and I simply said “that’s up to you” and this HUGE smile came across her face.  I’m thinking the Devine Miss K just set a new goal!!
Now on to my current favorite topic, the Olympics.  I can’t tell you how very frustrated I am right now at the gymnastics event.  I’ve believed that China gymnasts were too young, but I tried to stay fair.  I tried to believe that maybe we did deserve silver in team competition.  We gave it our all in individual and game out with gold and silver.  It was awesome.  But now this latest turn of events just makes me sick.  A gymnast from China messes up her routine AND falls and still scores high, taking the gold, which we DID deserve.  Floor exercises were pretty fair….no complaints.  Tonight, I’m watching the uneven bars and this little girl, can’t be any older than 12 or 13 gets out there and the announcers point out some flaws to the routine.  Even I can see the mistakes.  She scores high.  Yes, she’s from China.  Then it’s our turn and Nastiagoes out there with a totally amazing routine and is just about flawless.  The announcers are positive she’s going to be the winner.  The scores come in and her and the little girl from China are tied….TIED!!  In the event of gymnastics, there’s no tie for gold, so the computer figures the tie breaker and puts Nastiain second place.  The last girl from China is yet to go and when she does, it’s clearly not as good and her routine puts her in 3rd place.  With all the computing and judging, Nastia Liukinwalks away with another silver.  Sure, it’s great, but she deserved better.  Her whole routine was better.  UGH  ‘Nough said!!
U.S. track and field hasn’t been fairing very well so far in competition.  That is, until Stephanie Brown Trafton threw the discus just over 212 feet!!  Can you imagine??  Just amazing!!  Not long after that, America went 1, 2, 3 in the men’s 400m hurdles.  That was so great to watch!!  It’s the first sweep we’ve had in some time.  Our women’s soccer team is in the finals.  Women’s volleyball stars, May-Treanor and Walsh won in a major way to send them to the finals.  We acquired another gold in team jumping in equestrian today.  What’s up with trampoline??  When did THAT become an Olympic sport??  I watched some pole vaulting.  I was up alone and I sat there like a fool laughing at how funny it would be to see my big fat butt shooting off a pole and over a bar 3-4 times my height off the ground!!  😀  Oye!! 
We’re in the lead with the total medal count, but some of these (questionable) events like gymnastics are hurting us.  While you’re looking at his list, be sure to look at some of these countries with medals.  You have Belarus with 11, Kazakhstan with 8, Uzbekistan with 3 and Georgia with 3 as well.  Then you have the small African country of Cameroon with 1, along with Ecuador and Moracco.  So, without further ado, tonight’s final medal counts are:
Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States 22 24 26 72
China 39 14 14 67
Russia 8 13 15 36
Australia 11 10 12 33
France 4 11 13 28
Great Britain 12 7 8 27
Germany 10 7 7 24
South Korea 8 9 6 23
Japan 8 5 7 20
Italy 6 6 6 18
Ukraine 5 3 8 16
Netherlands 3 5 4 12
Cuba 1 5 5 11
Belarus 1 3 7 11
Canada 2 4 4 10
Romania 4 1 3 8
Spain 3 3 2 8
Kazakhstan 1 3 4 8
Poland 3 3 1 7
Kenya 2 3 2 7
New Zealand 2 1 4 7
Denmark 2 1 3 6
North Korea 2 1 3 6
Brazil 1 0 5 6
Czech Republic 2 3 0 5
Switzerland 2 0 3 5
Azerbaijan 1 2 2 5
Norway 1 2 2 5
Indonesia 1 1 3 5
Hungary 0 4 1 5
Armenia 0 0 5 5
Slovakia 3 1 0 4
Jamaica 2 2 0 4
Zimbabwe 1 3 0 4
Slovenia 1 1 2 4
Ethiopia 2 1 0 3
Georgia 2 0 1 3
Bulgaria 1 1 1 3
Finland 1 1 1 3
Sweden 0 3 0 3
Turkey 0 2 1 3
Austria 0 1 2 3
Greece 0 1 2 3
Uzbekistan 0 1 2 3
Mongolia 1 1 0 2
Algeria 0 1 1 2
Colombia 0 1 1 2
Croatia 0 1 1 2
Kyrgyzstan 0 1 1 2
Serbia 0 1 1 2
Taiwan 0 0 2 2
Cameroon 1 0 0 1
India 1 0 0 1
Panama 1 0 0 1
Thailand 1 0 0 1
Tunisia 1 0 0 1
Chile 0 1 0 1
Ecuador 0 1 0 1
Estonia 0 1 0 1
Malaysia 0 1 0 1
Portugal 0 1 0 1
Singapore 0 1 0 1
South Africa 0 1 0 1
Trinidad and Tobago 0 1 0 1
Vietnam 0 1 0 1
Argentina 0 0 1 1
Egypt 0 0 1 1
Lithuania 0 0 1 1
Mexico 0 0 1 1
Morocco 0 0 1 1
Tajikistan 0 0 1 1
Togo 0 0 1 1

7 Responses to Our First Day

  1. Tammy Warren

    Good morning. I had to come over and check my Olympic report.

    You know I love paper and markers. I love going and shopping for school supplies because I get some toooo!

    It is great to have the feeling that you have started on the right foot with homeschooling. It does set the pace for the rest of the year. This is when you stand firm that you are their teacher. Not just a mom.

  2. angie

    I’ve loved reading others “takes” on the Olympics…….I totally agree with you! Glad your homeschooling first day went so well!

  3. Elaine

    It was an awesome feeling, Tammy. We had a great first day and I believe the rest of the year will be that way.

    Part of the fun of homeschooling is that I get to play with the markers and other crafts too!! LOL

  4. Elaine

    Angie, I’m so glad you stopped by my blog. I love watching the Olympics and I’ve done a report on them just about every night. I know others watch them and read the newspaper or watch the news, but I’m just a happy spectator. We’re having fun with it!!

  5. Debbie

    Woot woot!!!! Knew you’d do a bang up job!

    I didn’t see the gymnastics. Now I’m glad I didn’t or I would have been sputtering and possibly adding creative words to my vocabulary.

  6. Elaine

    Thanks Debbie!!

    Oh let me tell you, it was a rough night watching that happen. First a girl from China messes up her routine and then falls on the landing and still wins on the vault and the Alicia ended up not even placing because of that. Then last night with the tie and the girl that did get gold had definite mistakes that even the announcers pointed out.

    It’s not the fact their from China or the U.S., it’s the fact that it happened at all. It’s heartbreaking. These kids give it their all only to be stolen by total stupidity!!

    Trust me, I have an expanded vocabulary!! LOL

  7. Laura

    Yeah, it’s amazing how much time is wasted during public school to do activities. I think homeschooling usually takes 3 hours a day and public school takes forever! 🙂

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