Deuteronomy 6:5-9 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

We started school four weeks ago! Crazy, I know. Didn’t summer just start once swimming was finished? Yep! A sweet friend with seven kiddos said they do three months on, one month off, and I liked the sound of that, so we are giving it a whirl!

Naturally we all have the new school year excitement, but the thought process behind 3/1 is when a 12 week cycle is finished everyone is ready for some sort of break. We shall see how it goes!

Emory, is officially in kindergarten! She has been looking forward to kindergarten for a while, in fact, on her birthday she said “I’m 5, can we start kindergarten?” She has a very different learning style than Willow and is forcing me to get creative and stretch my teaching style. SO FUN!

Willow is in third grade, it is hard to believe that this is our fourth year of homeschooling! She loves all things science, which is evident in our goat  skull, cow jaw, beetle, snake skeleton, countless butterflies and birds nest, random animal teeth, etc that we have all around the schoolroom! To help broaden her fascination and love of science we switched science curriculum and have also picked up doing unit studies in conjunction with everything else, hopefully she will enjoy it.

Hunter is doing a pre-k program, but we will have zero paperwork to show for it at the end of the year, as he has taken up a fondness of scissors and cutting everything into confetti. I could choose to say no and not allow him to cut up the paper he worked so hard on, or I can let him practice his fine motor skills.

Baby bug, is working hard on his exercises, food therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and anything else we can come up with for him to do while the other kiddos are busy!

We are doing things a bit differently this school year in a few areas, but if what we have done in the past made me crazy, made the kids crazy, made my husband crazy, or just plain didn’t work, it’s time for a change. I just hope this change isn’t the same kind of change America got last time they thought they were ready for change. 🙂