Friday was Ellie's first day of Kindergarten! When I asked her what she was most excited about, she said, "Wearing my new clothes & my necklace from Mimi." She is her mother's daughter!
Riley got dressed up and took the girls out for coffee & donuts the morning of their first day. Ellie was up, dressed, teeth & hair brushed, & accessorized by 630 am waiting at the front door for Daddy to return from his run. She was jumping off the walls excited for her first day! Saedi, our sleep-lover, had to be woken up...just like most mornings.The girls standing outside the Post Chapel, where our co-op meets every 2nd & 4th Friday. Yes, we decided to home school again this year & we're all excited about it!
Our story...Originally, we had registered Ellie for Kindergarten and like in past years, I was not content with the decision. We prayed & talked & the night we decided we wanted to home school God was instrumental in the timing of it all. We were playing at the school playground and Ellie's older friend, Taylor, was talking about being home schooled for 2nd grade & Ellie asked if Kindergarteners could be home schooled too...it was a perfect set-up for us to explain to her that indeed, she would be home schooled.
There is a fantastic homeschooling group at West Point & a new Christian homeschooling co-op that formed this year. We meet 2 Fridays a month & while Saedi is in the preschool class, Ellie gets to do Science & Drama with the Kindergarteners & first graders. I'm helping out in the nursery so I can stay with Isaac & Solomon once he arrives. At home, we're using a mix of programs:
Sonlight for Science
Sigapore for Math (when she completes her current book we'll try Horizon Math)
Explode the Code for Phonics
Classical Conversations for Geography & History
Rosetta Stone for Spanish
Ambleside Online suggestions for nature study & American Girl books for literature
and a few other odds & ends books about manners, thinking skills, etc