Thursday, August 26, 2010

School Pics

Yes, we home school.  Our reasons for doing this are vast and perhaps boring to some of you, and we certainly are still newbies at this thing. 
But we are always learning, taking advantage of where our kids are and allowing them to learn and explore at their own pace.  We realize that learning cannot be contained to one specific block of time or one specific place, and it for sure is not a one size fits all approach.
Because of this (and many, many, many more reasons) we opt to stay home.  We go at their pace, we have fun and when it’s not too much fun we readjust and do things differently.  And we are grateful.  We are grateful that we get to do school at home, grateful that the opportunity is available to us, grateful that I am home with them during these precious years.
This is our little Aida, our quickly growing up, new haircut sporting four year old.  She’s a doll and a comedian.  She usually wants to do lessons with us, but mostly she just wants to tell jokes.  She keeps things light, which is a welcome thing sometimes.
She will (hopefully) be learning to read this year, and grow more adept at writing.  Perhaps we’ll take a stab at math, if she wants to.  She’s only four, and really just wants to play.  And that is just fine with this teacher.
Cayden is our precocious kindergartener.  She is reading chapter books, she knows way more math facts than she needs to and she can be a touch bossy at times.  But she’s spunky and she isn’t afraid to speak her mind.   And she sure as heck won’t let anyone push her around.  I love that.
She loves to draw and write and has written more than a few little books.  She is very quick, physically and mentally.  She can be pure joy and totally defiant, all in the same few minutes.  She keeps this mom on her toes and on her knees.  And we adore her.  She’ll be starting first grade math, continuing on in reading and working on more writing this year.  She’ll join her big brother for science and history, and art-lots and lots of art.
She’s an amazing, kind and loving gal.  And has a super cool sense of fashion too. 
Levi is a sensitive and tough second grader.  He loves, loves, loves to build with Legos and reads like a champ.  He has a unique ability to connect with people, and rarely meets a stranger.  His bright smile has a way of drawing people in.  And he can throw a mean temper tantrum. 
Levi loves his friend time, which can be a challenge sometimes when he’s just home with us.  He loves science and is learning to be okay with math.  He’ll be continuing on in all those standard second grade subjects like math and reading, spelling and grammar, history and science and a few others as well.  This year we’ll add in Bible quizzing to the mix and hopefully some Tae Kwon Do too.  He’s funny and all boy and so super cool with his new faux hawk. 
He rocks, pure and simple.
And there’s their teacher; trying to keep up with her students, praying for divine wisdom minute by minute and reminding herself that this an adventure like no other-so she should enjoy it like the adventure that is.  This teacher will be learning just as much, if not more, than her students.
Here’s to an awesome school year and be sure to go check out Mt Hope Chronicles, I’ve got to give credit where credit is due-Heidi totally inspired this photo shoot.


  1. Gina, I loved this photo-shoot and start to a new year. You captured your kids so well!

    Jennifer @
    (from church, with the other Levi...)

  2. such a great way to start the new school year. what a gift this will be to have and look back on come may!!

  3. I love the school photos! Gorgeous! I applaud you for homeschooling your babies. This is something that I have always been interested in, although I just don't know if it is for me or not. I hope to learn more and I plan on starting "preschool" with my little ones soon (they're only 1 & 2) :)

  4. Hope you all have a wonderful year together!

    My eldest is just entering Kindergarten this year - we're so excited!

  5. Great school pictures, Gina! Your creativity shows. The desk in the pasture is so cool!

  6. Gina,

    I loved looking at how your kids are growing. Blessings on your school year and your whole family! Love you!

    Julie--your Canadian fan!

  7. Beautiful pictures...I too was inspired by Heidi's post on school pictures (I caught it on Simple Mom). I too am just now starting to figure out, as this is our second "official" year of homeschooling, that I am supposed to learn just as much if not more than the kids are. God will use whatever means necessary to get us where we need to be, even if it's while we're supposed to be getting others where they need to be in the process! Prayers for a peaceful and purposeful "school" year for you all


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