Wednesday, August 20, 2014


The 2014 school year has begun without nearly as much pomp and circumstance as in years gone by. Justin is a sophomore at public school and is doing fine (knock on wood!). No big surprises for him and he seems to be feeling like an old pro now that he's in his second year back at school.

Didn't take a first day photo of him because I am a sucky mom who doesn't wake up at 6 am.

Evan is in 7th grade! SEVENTH. This is insane. I started homeschooling him near the end of first grade, so to think that we've been doing this for almost 6 years is pretty astonishing. Obviously, we're doing SOMEthing right, because he's progressing along at his own rate and continues to grow in maturity each year. We're upping the science and writing for him this year in preparation for high school in 2 years (his idea, not mine) and so far, on day 3 of this regime, he's doing pretty damn good. He's accepting the routine and the assignments without skimping and without TOO much pressure. I think he's on the right road to claiming more of the responsibility for his education, and that makes me beyond proud.

Evan's first day of 2nd grade, our first FULL year of homeshooling him...
 Corinne is in THIRD GRADE. This kid has only been inside of "schools" for Girl Scout meetings and hasn't seemed to suffer for any lack of "social interaction." In fact, I still need to rein her in to keep her focused on the family and her own business, rather than friends all the time. I don't know if it's because she's a girl, my third child, or if it's her own natural personality, but this kid is crazy responsible. She loves the daily checklists and always corrects her work if it's incorrect. She's not afraid to ask questions or try new things (though it's still a challenge to get her to read chapter books).

Corinne on her first day of Pre-school, because she insisted she needed to do school TOO.
 I can't believe how much they've grown and how long we've been homeschooling.... Wow.

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