The first two weeks of school were a bit of a whirlwind, as these pics might attest. Our first day of school was actually on Monday, August 20th (not the 22nd like I accidentally wrote on our super rushed “first day of school” pics). And I didn’t weigh the boys until today and still haven’t measured them for their height. Our first day was also our first of Classical Conversations community day and we had a lot to pack in order to get out the door (thus the picture of our list).
Micah sat in my class for the first week of CC and has chosen to stay with us during Essentials (the afternoon program focused on English grammar, math facts, and writing). Ethan gave his presentation on our big summer trip – he just highlighted Yosemite for this one. Micah, since he wasn’t in his class, gave a presentation to our family about his shark tooth and getting it removed at the dentist this summer. He may use that presentation again when he’s in his real class.
My mom was here for a field trip visit – she arrived in the middle of CC and spent some time with her sister until we were ready. I’ll include more pictures from her visit and our field trip in another post. But here are a couple fun ones from around the house (before and after the Mesa Verde field trip):
Mesa Verde occupied most of our first week of school. This week, however, we had a more typical school week. Micah went to his CC class and had SO much fun. His tutor said that he was “GREAT!” in class. He now calls CC days the “fun day” of the week and plans to attend his class every week. Ethan, meanwhile, has been an all-star in our class. I’ve been really impressed with his quiet leadership and kindness. He’s been participating well, taking chances in Essentials even when he feels way out of his comfort zone, and being a very good example to others around him. What a treat! Speaking of treats, we treated the boys to ice cream after such a wonderful second day at CC! And then I even had the energy to *finally* get them their rewards for all of the books they read over the summer.
And here are some shots I took from around the house during our homeschool days. Ethan is doing 4th grade math this year and Micah is starting his first Singapore Math book with 1st grade work. I’ve discovered that he really likes to be artistic during math, so he will never just circle when he could color. =) Just today Micah asked if we could do harder math…which was such an encouragement to me because he’s not always one to want to be challenged. I assured him that this book would get more tricky in the coming weeks and that he should just enjoy the easy lessons while he has them. We also are taking advantage of borrowing “Code Names” from my Mom and playing variations of it with vocab and sight words.
Lastly, here are the current weights of the guys: