Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The First Day of School

Monday was the first day of the 2011-2012 school year here at the Combs Christian Academy! We started out our day bright and early--6:30 a.m.! While that's the norm for many families it is definitely different for us. We ate breakfast together and had a family devotional time then Keeleigh began her KONOS reading and Jathan (and Ryland) and I began working on phonics with his new phonics pad.

Piper was a good girl and hung out in her Sleepywrap for most of the morning. I swear she LOVES that thing and I love having her close to me.

After Language we all enjoyed a little break.

Then we worked on Math. Jathan also worked on his cutting skills. Ryland tried to follow along but thought the scissors belonged inside his shirt for some reason!

We moved around throughout the day sometimes working in the school room at our desks and sometimes reading in bed and other times we hung out at the kitchen table.

Piper hung out in her wrap some more...

This is what Math looks like at our house. = )

Jathan played a game where you roll the dice, count the number, then add that many beads to a pipe cleaner. He thought it was really cool.

After Math we ate lunch (Keeleigh requested chicken sandwiches) but some of us didn't make it through the meal.

Jathan laid down for a nap after lunch as well. While the boys were sleeping Keeleigh and I did our KONOS activities which, that day, centered our learning about how our ears work. She set up an "ear" that you could crawl through and boy was Jathan surprised when he woke up from his nap. The look on his face was classic.

Keeleigh led him through her "ear." Did you notice the skull piercing on her auricle? It's just like her new cartilage piercing.

Inside the auditory canal, Keeleigh explained how we hear to Jathan.

Did you know pantyhose makes a good eardrum?

And beyond the eardrum lies three tiny bones--the hammer, the anvil, and the stirrup. Keeleigh though our potato masher looked a lot like the stirrup.

Past those tiny bones is our cochlea and beyond that the auditory nerve which leads to our brain. Here Keeleigh is starring in the role of "brain." = )

She let Jathan had a go at it, too, though.

It was a really great day which was proceeded by two other really great days. I think we're going to love using KONOS this year!

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