We started school about three weeks ago and I’m happy to report that aside from the usual awkward learning positions of my 1st grader, things are going just fine.
We chose a boxed curriculum this year instead of piecing things together. Our Sonlight “box day” was back in early June. I had planned to leave everything in the boxes until it was closer to the day we were starting school, but when you open a Sonlight box for the first time, markings on the inside walls of the box catch your attention and you are compelled to empty the box all over the dining room table so that you can see what those markings are all about.
Our large box turned out to be a castle when flipped inside out:
Our smaller box was supposed to turn into a space shuttle.
I needed more detailed instructions:
I thought I might find some help on the Sonlight website. I searched the site using their help function, but didn’t find anything, so Heidi and Grandma Elsie suggested I take advantage of the “live chat” feature.
So I did:
Please wait for a site operator to respond. You are currently 1 out of 1 in the queue. Approximate wait time is 0 minutes.
You are now chatting with ‘Debbie’
Debbie: Welcome to Sonlight’s instant Advisor chat service. How may I help you today?
Jennifer: I got my boxes and everything was in them, but I’m having trouble building the space shuttle.
Jennifer: And my friend and mother in law are laughing at me.
Jennifer: what do you recommend?
Jennifer: They want to know if you can skype me and show me step by step.
Jennifer: I did fine with the castle. It’s spectacular, btw.
Debbie: I’m sorry. I don’t have the directions for building that. All I can suggest is working with the instructions that came in the box.
Debbie: Or, get your friend and Mother in law to help you?
Jennifer: They’re not being very helpful. But my mother in law did lend me the exacto blade.
Jennifer: I was really just looking for a picture, but I think I’ll accept failure for now.
Debbie: I hope you figure it out! Send us a picture when you do!
My chat with Debbie proves only that strangers don’t think I’m very funny. Heidi and Grandma thought I was hilarious. Debbie . . . not so much.