Monday, August 11, 2008

first day of kindergarten

wow. the day that i have been thinking about since larkin's birth has finally arrived. today was his first day of school, or in our family, homeschool. i found myself quite emotional last night as i prepared for our day today. he just seems so big.
we had a lot of fun today. here is larkin learning about rainbows...
after our morning lessons we went to the Atlanta History Center for Homeschool Open House. larkin's favorite part of the center was the Olympic Games Museum. it contained a wealth of knowledge and was great to visit this week. we became members of the museum, so i am sure that you will be seeing more about it around here. here are larkin and lucy at the victorian playhouse on the grounds...

i am so new to this homeschool experience, that i am still a little too green to write volumes (or even a paragraph) on the subject. however, i am very excited about it and can't read enough about it. i thought i would share my current "bookshelf" with you...


and if you are interested, here is our current curriculum...

Reading/Language Arts
and a multitude of "readers"

Math

Science

Social Studies

we are also doing art, music and Bible study, but without a "formal" curriculum. and as with any homeschool experience, there are plenty of life lessons to be taught. i definitely believe this will be a fun year for all of us. and i look forward to figuring it all out and sharing with you along the way.

16 comments:

kristi said...

congrats on your first day of school! ours is coming up next monday...

still hoping somehow we can figure out a way to see you (reaching for straws, but still...) :)

Mama de Saga said...

What a journey you have started together. The day he picks up a book and reads away your heart will soar.
Have an excellent school year.
Lisa

theindecisivepinay said...

i'm so proud of you, amy. you're going to be an amazing teacher.

Jessica said...

It looks like it is going to be a great year!

deborah said...

I can't believe Larkin is old enough to be going to school. It seems like only yesterday and you were starting your first day of school. You will be a fantastic teacher and I am so very proud of you. Hugs to all.
Love Aunt Deborah

mary anna said...

Great Job--both you and Larkin! I still stand/sit in amazement!

countrygirl3031 said...

Congrats to both you and Larkin. Can't wait to hear about all that you're doing. What a wonderful way to teach your children!

Hugz,
Michele

Christina Joy said...

Like you, I find myself dreaming about the day that we start homeschooling! My son is only 18 mos. old and we have one on the way, but I'm planning curricula already! I've already come into the complete Weaver curriculum! How fun for you to actually get to start (although, who're we kidding? we started the day they were born!)

beki said...

Congratulations and good luck! What an exciting new phase of life :-)

erica said...

way to go, amy! your excitement is contagious. i'm glad i'll have you as a resource when i go down this same path in a year or so.

Elizabeth said...

It will be nice to see Larkin learn all kinds of new things this school year. Is there a set start date that you have to register with the state or your county? I have always wondered how you set about doing it so that you don't get into any problems with the county or state you live in. Good luck, looks like you are off to a good start.

Stephanie Breuner said...

I am hoping to homeschool Ella too. I bought Educating the Whole-Hearted Child as well. If you ever plan on going to one of Sally Clarkson's conferences, let me know. Maybe we can go together.

Tania Julian said...

Wow, Amy. Good luck on your path to being your kids favorite teacher. I am sure will all learn so much from each other.
Hats off to you, young lady. I couldn't imagine taking on that responsibility. I don't think i'm made of the same wood... anyway.
Have a fantastic school year!

berryberr said...

Just found your nice blog! Will be checking back often from now on!

Kellie H said...

happy first day of school! My son started kindergarten Monday!!! I cannot believe it still. I hope you like Saxon math, my friends piloted it a few years ago and her class really liked it. I have tried saxon phonics. a little dry and boring but ample teaching supplies and the students did learn a lot. I still use the kid cards. I teach second now and in Gwinnett. It's quite different than DeKalb, but I really like what I see.

Jenny in Ca said...

your homeschool sounds lovely. Congratulations on your first day!

Educating the Wholehearted Child is one of my favorite books.

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