September 5, 2012

First Day of School 2012

We started homeschool with the boys officially on August 15th, the same day that Maren started 4th grade at her new school.

The night before school we had a special family night to talk about school and the importance of learning and being a good friend.  The kids had all dressed in their pajamas from Christmas for some reason.  Here they are showing off their "Super Siblings" poses.

It was rather a hectic morning on the 15th since we didn't know how long it would take with school traffic to get Maren to her new school.  We got her up early early, had a special breakfast, and were about to go, but she didn't want to leave without watching the boys open their books.

We have a tradition where I wrap up the new school books and school supplies and put them in their backpacks/desks for the first day of school.  It makes the first day a bit more exciting for the homeschooled kids.

The boys were very excited to unwrap the books.  I usually include one little just for fun thing too.  This year Christopher got some angry bird pencils and erasers and Joshua got a little desktop basketball game.

The opening set us back a bit, and we rushed to take a first day of school picture and get in the van. I didn't take the boys' pictures because I figured I would do it when we got home.  I never did.  I still haven't.  Maybe we'll take the 10th day of school pictures.

super sibling poses again 

The traffic was horrendous. I have since learned to use back streets to get down to her school, but it took us a good 40 minutes that first morning to get there.  I thought I'd have time to get her to her classroom, help her get settled, take a picture and say goodbye.  Instead, we entered the building just as the bell rang, ran up to her room, and hastily snapped a picture as I said goodbye.  The class was already full of kids sitting in their seats and listening to the teacher give instructions.  Oops.  Oh well.

And just for the record, I did not cry at all the first day she was gone.  It probably helped that we were running late so I didn't have a minute to think about it as I said goodbye.  She's enjoying school, but I sure miss her at home.  I love my little girl!

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