Today was our first day of sit down formal school work for 2016. It was also our first day ever homeschooling with a baby, the Minx being almost 5 months old now, 20 weeks today in fact.
I did want to start the school day at 9am, but of course, as is usual for me, best laid plans don't always go well. It wasn't so terrible, it's just the Minx chose to sleep until 8:30am and I slept in, gratefully, happily and without guilt. Ah sleep, I love you. Though the kids had been up and ready since 7am, I needed to look after the Minx and get myself ready and fuelled (read caffeinated), so we didn't start school work until 10:20am.
Tomorrow is Australia Day, which is the anniversary of when the British arrived to colonise Australia. Because it's Australia Day, we will be spending this week looking at the First Fleet, that is the voyage and arrival of eleven ships full of convicts and colonists in Australia.
We started at 10.20am and we finished at 2.20pm, with a 45 minute lunch break from 12:15-1:00pm. So four hours, 3 hours and fifteen minutes of actual work time. That's about what I would want on a normal day starting at 9am, so it worked out okay.
The Minx had two full wake times while we worked, which was her playing on her playmat nearby, sitting on my lap watching us work and then drinking her bottle. Except for the occasional moments of her pterodactyl squealing in my ear and halting all work, because really who can concentrate with that going on, she did really well. I did have one ten minute period where I had to leave the room to help the Minx get to sleep for her nap time, but relevant colouring pages (ships of the First Fleet for this week) are helpful for such moments.
All in all not a bad start to the year. The Minx didn't interrupt as much as I thought she would, but I realise it's just the first day and not exactly a promise of the year to come. Still, it's good to start the year with a good day, makes you feel optimistic.
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