The first week of school actually went well despite all the extra things that popped up each day... which was great b/c with lots of family coming into town this weekend, a baby shower, an anniversary party, and a birthday that weekend....I needed somewhat of a low-key, good school week.
I don't start the kids back to school full steam. Instead, I ease the kids back into the whole routine. We usually try to start the first full week in August and most weeks are just 4 day school weeks to allow for appointments, field trips, and other things that may surprise us from week to week.
We started with just the basics - math, reading, and language. By the end of the week, we also added in spelling.
The kids LOVE the Math U See we are using now. My son finished all his math for the ENTIRE week in just ONE day. He is loving that! My daughter still likes to take it slow and spread hers out, (a nice way of saying procrastination ;) but she LOVES all the hands on stuff and is doing quite well. She is grasping the multiplication concepts much better that I thought she would.
Language is going well also. My son will read just about anything, but my daughter was not thrilled with her required reading for the first week of school. There really was no way around that though (after all, George Washington was a pretty important person in history - LOL ;). I try to counter this by allowing her to read whatever she wants during her free time and before bedtime and it seems to be working for now.
Next week, we'll add in Spanish and typing as well as get a head-start on a few of our projects in preparation for the Biblical feast of the Sabbath we are going to experience in a few weeks through our MFW-Creation to the Greeks Curriculum.
Have you started back to school yet? If so, how did it go?