(I bought pack of XL men's T-shirts years ago. I have one for each of my kids. I take a picture of them wearing their T-shirt each year on their b'day, and then print the picture and put it into a little photo album. I have a b'day album for each of them. It's fun to see how much they grow each year by how much smaller the T-shirt gets.)
Our new school year is full of changes this year. In the past, I was adamant that we would NOT begin before the day after Labor Day. Because that is what the law was where I grew up, in Northern Virginia, and that was what I was used to. But this year we started the second week of August.
Why? Because the boys and I are following Tabby's new school schedule.
What's up with Tabby's new schedule?
Well ... this year, for the first time, she is attending the small private Christian school that my husband works at. She is going part-time and in the 9th grade. Why? Because she had several big issues come up in the last year, that I simply could not meet for her at home. I admit, I rather selfishly felt rather sad and disappointed that homeschooling wasn't going to work this year for Tabby. But so far - 6 weeks into this - I am relieved and pleased that things are going quite well and those needs are now being met.
Tabby is going to the school part-time and is in the 9th grade. She has 4 classes and an elective each day. We are still working on math at home, and she is continuing her weekly piano lessons. After school, she is running on the cross country team. Running with the team is proving to be an enormous blessing for her. And at her last meet, she can in 7th place for girls in the 5K!
|Tabby is 5'1" but has a long stride and tons of energy which makes her fast|
Since Tabby had a real picture day, I felt obliged to step it up for my boys with their annual school picture. I came up with a "Pinterest-worthy" set up which I was rather proud of. However, I had not thought of how it would turn out with boys. Ha!
Even though the day was overcast, I found that Hunter's eyes seemed to be almost as sensitive as Lilly's were. He needs sunglasses like she did! It was hard to get him to open his eyes normally. So here are a couple of my squinty-eyed missing-some-teeth engineer-in-the-making:
Here is Solomon with the expression that most people see him with:
However, when I asked him to smile, he got goofy:
Hunter is in 2nd grade this year and I am following much of the Ambleside Online curriculum schedule. We did this last year and it went great! I feel like we're getting in so much good reading in books that are not dumbed down. (This a Charlotte Mason type curriculum.) I supplement with a couple other things too.
I'm continuing to use Montessori type activities with Solomon. I will be back in a few days to share some of those.
"Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it." - Proverbs 16:22a