Wow, sorry I’ve been gone so long. Trust me, I’ve been keeping busy:) With lots to show, at some point. But what’s been keeping me the most busy at this point is the decision Ryan and I made about a year ago. The time we started realizing that our kids are growing up and we can’t stop them. Bugger. I asked Tate if he would stop growing and he said he can’t, because then he would have to stop eating and then he would die. Yeah, there’s that.
So, Ry and I decided about a year ago that we both wanted our kiddos to be home schooled. I had no idea what that looked like. I had never thought I would ever, I mean ever, home school. I was a public school teacher after all. And something about the idea of them getting on a bus and mom having all day to do what needs to get done with no interruptions sounded so appealing. Until you actually have to follow through with it….and then it sounds so scary. They are so little, will he have friends, will he know where to go, will he shut down, and on and on and on. And quite honestly it wasn’t even the fear of our little guy going off that swayed our mind into homeschooling, because I’m pretty sure if that was it, every mom would do it:) Ryan and I just both really had a peace about it and felt this is the way the Lord was leading us. And until that peace is no longer there…well, we’ll deal with it then:)
So homeschooling it is. I want to say before I go any further that I love our school district. We have amazing teachers and leadership as well. That is in no part why we chose to keep our kiddos home. It had everything to do with personal decisions and where we felt the Lord was calling us. It’s not for everyone and I would never say one is better than the other. It’s just what we are doing, for at least a year that is:) I also want to say that although I love my followers, I’m not looking for your opinion on this one:) Our minds are made up and the decision is made, so thank you so much in supporting us in it:) We are so excited about what is in store for us in the next year and how we are going to grow as a family, through triumphs and struggles, highs and lows, crying and laughing….cause I’m sure there’ll be all of it!
And honestly, I’m pretty excited to teach again! Even though teaching them to read freaks me out a bit, I always got them after they learned that…but here goes nothing!
So, here’s the kids on their first day of school….
First I want to set the record straight, we do not get this cute for home school. Ha! Trust me, you’ll see our true pictures soon! We actually are a part of a home school co-op that meets every other friday where the kids get Art, Music, Phy ed., and MN History. As well as the experience of being in a class with a lot of other children and the whole social aspect, they get opportunities such as Christmas and spring programs and field trips that I can’t provide in the home. I am so grateful for this and the women that have worked so hard to put it together. We pay next to nothing for the great experience of joining over 100 other kids and families in their home school journey.
Now for the true pictures of what the Lundeen academy looks like. Of course our first day of school we had to do it up a little special, so this is what the kiddos came down to.
Ryan’s mom always decorated and had special treats for them on the first day, a tradtion he wanted me to carry on. My mom always made it special as well, and I remember it. I want my kids to remember it too, even if they aren’t hopping on a bus their first day.
I was told the mini cereal boxes were a must!
And fun new school supplies never hurt.
The kids were pretty excited when they came down in the morning…
Yep, that’s more like it:)
Tate is going into Kindergarten…
and Kynlee being 15 months behind is in Preschool, but I’m pretty much doing the same things for both of them.
They are pretty much at the same level, so I’ll adjust when needed, but otherwise I’ll save myself and keep them together:)
I must admit, they are pretty cute pupils:)
Don’t worry, the teacher part of me still comes out quite a bit. And yes, I do make them raise their hand:) Kynlee raises her hand as she blurts out the answer..we’ve got some work to do;)
and she’s my little lefty!
The most common question I get is what curriculum are you using. And the answer I give them is we don’t have a set curriculum. I have picked up things here and there, bought about every book amazon has to offer on teaching your children to read, and any other books other home school moms have recommended:) I’m a little bit more of a laid back teacher that likes to pick and choose and adapt and change, so I didn’t want to order one curriculum that I had to stick with. I’m sure when the kids get a bit older I’ll find I will need it, but for now we are going to experiment and find what fits our family.
So, a lot has been going on in the Lundeen house. Home schooling on top of Whimsy in 2 weeks as well as a few other fun projects I’ve been working on for other people that I’ll hopefully show soon makes for one tired momma. So with that, I should probably find my pillow.
Happy school year everyone!