We officially kicked off our first day of home school yesterday! Just like last year when Jude cried through his whole first day of school, every single person in my house cried at least once yesterday. A couple of children, who will go unidentified, cried a considerable amount.
So we can only go up from here, right? At least I got some cute pictures. Note that this will probably be the only day all year that the girls do school in something other than their nightgowns, because they live in them when we are just at home all day.
We are doing Classical Conversations with the girls, plus a hodge-podge of other language arts, math, and thinking skills workbooks. Our main goals for our kids are that they love God, are competent communicators, and can think for themselves. We already do a lot outside of school toward the first goal, so I didn't feel the need to make Bible a subject for school. Maybe I'll do a separate post about that soon. For the other goals, I'm probably going to err on the side of over emphasizing the language arts and thinking or logic as they get older. Not sorry at all about that.
Jude's curriculum is his ABA therapy program (you can follow that link if you want to know more about what ABA is), and we have a new gal who is coming to our house 6.5 hours per day to work with him on it. I can't tell you how thankful we are for her, and that God sent her to us at just the right time!
JJ's "preschool" will be daily workboxes. Those are primarily for the purpose of giving him something to do while I am doing school with the girls, but he will hopefully learn a bit in the meantime.