Today is the first “official” day of school for Emma this year. I am planning on homeschooling year round. It seems like a good fit for us, being able to take time off when we need it, but also allowing for learning opportunities all year through the different seasons.
Today is also the first day of the public school’s 4 year old program. There is a little group of girls that are the children of people that I went to high school with, and they are all starting the program this year. It makes me a little sad that she won’t be having the same experience that I had in public school (I actually really enjoyed public school!), but I know this is the best choice for us.
I have a few fun things planned for us today. It will start out with a special breakfast and also will probably include a trip to the library since everyone is back in school today. I am going to take “1st day of school” pictures, of course, and do little interviews with the kids (which should be interesting with a 2 and 4 year old). I want to have the special “first day” experiences that I had growing up, and I don’t want her to miss out on anything! I foresee a lot of trips to the museum/library/beach in the coming months. All places that I would prefer to visit when they are not so crowded!
We received Emma’s new school curriculum in May, and started immediately. Who can resist new books after all We had several weeks of going strong, but then the outside started calling to us. More specifically the garden. So we put a lot of the book learning on hold in favor of learning through experience. I think that schooling all year will help us work through the seasonal rhythm that I enjoy living in New England. It will also be easier once we start reporting to the state, which we don’t need to do until Emma is 7. The portfolio review is due at the end of August each year with the letter of intent to homeschool for the next school year. I figured it would be easier to run our school year along the same lines instead of trying to start when I receive new curriculum books.
Are your kids back to school? Do you have any start of the year traditions?
I am linking to the Hip Homeschool Hop.