Monday, August 22, 2011

Back to School!

This is a memorable back-to-school season for me.  This year, I have two children I am homeschooling.  Last year, it was just the one.  Camille is in second grade now and Claire is in kindergarten.  Homeschooling two presents many more challenges than homeschooling one.  Logistically, what will one child do when I am working with the other?  How will Claire, who is very needy at times, handle working alone?  Will Claire, who can be difficult sometimes, do her work or will it be a constant battle? Can I combine some lessons for both?  I really worried about the daily routine.

We are now into the second week of school, and I am pleased to say that so far, all has gone pretty well.  Claire is, surprisingly, a diligent student and has already made great progress in reading (I think she wants the ice cream reward when she finishes level one).  Camille is also doing great at working independently when I need to work with Claire.  Of course, she is a bit jealous that Claire gets more breaks as kindergarteners only go a half day here.  

It is also memorable this year for all of us as we will be joining a Classical Conversations Coop after Labor Day.  Once a week, we will join with other homeschooling families in a classroom setting.  The girls will be in different classes, each with their own age group.  I will float back and forth between classrooms weekly.  We are all looking forward to this new experience and making new friends.

Even though I homeschool, I made sure to take "first day of school pictures."  I didn't want to look back and not have any.  Here are my pictures:

First Day of School

Camille, 2nd grade

Claire, Kindergarten

Of course, I am going to want to make some cute photo projects with these pictures and Tiny Prints is the perfect place.  They have all sorts of back-to-school ideas, from notebooks to planners to teacher gifts.  If you are a teacher, they also have special teacher stationery, classroom wall art and more. Whether you are a kid, teen, teacher or parent, Tiny Prints has a wide variety of items to choose from.  I have ordered several times from Tiny Prints and have been very pleased with everything I have received.

Disclosure:  By writing this post, I am eligible for a Tiny Prints gift code.  This post contains my own, honest opinions.

1 comment:

jenegsmom said...

I'm in the same boat with you this year-Joshua is in 2nd, Emily is in Kindergarten! Only I now have a new baby to add to the mix, lol!! We also are part of a co-op, but it's a mix of classical and Charlotte Mason styles. I hope you have a great year!!! Homeschool Rules!! :)

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