Ya know, Our Aussie Students from Our Aussie Homeschool. Ha-ha. 😉
Um, yeah. Moving on…
So we’ve started a new school year and I always try to get a good picture of them on the first day. Every year we colour signs for them to hold up so I can remember which year was which! This year I cheated and printed out the signs, then traced the letters with a black sharpie. They look much nicer. (All that blurriness is just me trying to hide their names.)
Skeeterbug is 8 and starting Grade 3. This year I want to work toward getting him to work a bit more independently. That’s hard with all of our teacher-intensive curriculum, but we’ll get there eventually. We’ve got to with younger siblings coming up behind him, I’ve got to work with them too. His favourite subjects are spelling, sometimes math, science, and he loves what we are using for Bible this year. I’ll have to update our curriculum page soon!
Jitterbug is 5.5 and starting Prep this year! I only just figured out that Prep is short for Pre-Primary. I thought it meant preparatory. 🙂 I’ve reminded this little guy many times that he is in Prep now, so that he has an answer when someone asks him if he is starting school this year. He can say yes, and people don’t usually ask beyond that. Are you starting school this year? Are you excited? He can say yes to those questions! And he has been excited, I overheard him say to his big brother during our first week of school: ‘I’m learning to do school, just like you!’ His focus is learning to read, form his letters correctly, and some basic math. He’s been tagging along for science and a bit of history, and anything else that looks fun. I’m planning to start him on his own science this year since the Apologia text is above his level (though he enjoys the activities!).
Ladybug is 3, so we’ll say she is in Pre-K 3. That fits much better on the sign than ‘3-year-old kinder’ which is what it is called here. I really hoped she would colour her sign this year but was not interested beyond that bit she did on the letter ‘K’. She colours in the lines so well now. She was happy to put stickers randomly all over her sign, though! This little girl insists on doing school with us, I must have activities for her to do at the table with us.
I didn’t tell them to line up in height order. They just did. 😉
One more student trying to sneak in there…he wins the award for Most Growth in a Single Year!
For fun, here are pictures from the last few years. Last year I should have made the boys wear shirts!
This was Jitterbug’s year of the bathers. There was a good six months where he insisted on wearing his swim bottoms and top every. single. day. It truly didn’t bother me and he loved wearing them. It made him so happy. Our only rule was he couldn’t wear them to church (and a few other times). He happily wore other clothes to church and then came home and put on his bathers. 🙂 (Don’t worry, he didn’t wear his goggles all the time!)
This was the first year we did pictures, the first year I had a child that was officially school age. I don’t have a good picture of them together for this year. I suspect this is because I most likely had a baby on my hip while I took these! No chance of getting both boys looking and smiling while keeping a baby happy too. I can’t believe the difference in Skeeterbug between Prep and Grade One above.
So that’s our students, we are looking forward to a good year in 2013! And a new little one joining us in July. I’m guessing the kids will insist on making a sign for the baby next year! 😉