Friday, October 4, 2013

First day of school!

Because I homeschool, I often miss the little traditions that I had as a kid surrounding the first day of school. We would have *Father's blessings the night before school. We always had new clothes and we would pick our favorite new outfit to wear that first day back. And we always took first day of school pictures. As a homeschooler, there is usually a start of the new school year. I will often try to ease into it. We tried to implement my old-traditions but it was really like putting a round peg in a square hole--it just didn't seem to fit quite right. This year we decided to do a homeschool program called Harmony. They support Homeschooling families by offering several different programs. The program we chose is called options day. Turner goes and takes electives one day a week while Max stays in one classroom, with one teacher. It is so fun for them, and a great break for me. Turner is taking awesome classes like Lego Robotics, Fun in the outdoors, Piano, Pottery, Around the world in 80 days and science. They love it. I loved doing my old traditions!
Turner sometimes has a hard time with new things. It was hard to even get a pretend smile out of him before school. I wish I would have had my camera ready after school because that is when his big-true smiles were abundant.

Amelia and Cooper didn't want to be left out. They were going to my friend's house and they wanted to take their back pack--just like the big boys. They are so cute!

Turner didn't want me taking pictures at school so he let me take this picture around the corner of the front door. He didn't want me to hug and kiss him either. I respected his wishes for a few weeks before I mandated that if he wasn't going to kiss me in front of his friends, that he better do it before he got out of the car!

This is Max's little class and adorable teacher. I love her! Her name is "Miss B" but somehow the twins have taken to calling her "Miss Piggy" I have no idea why!

So finally Turner relaxed a little and let me take a picture of him in his first class. This is one of his best buddies!

This is the Lego Robotic's teacher aide. His tie is pretty rad!
I have to admit, I am not a huge fan of all of the bureaucracy that comes with using a public program. The people are amazing to work with though and they try to make it as easy as possible. I do love the little co-op that a couple of my friends and I are doing. We all read the same book to all of our families and then get together and do some activities that surround the topic! So fun--I will have to write more about that later!

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