Kindergarten & A Rainbow Collage

By freshlyplanted - 7:00 AM

Hello from the land of Kindergarten! As I’ve shared this summer, I struggled with the idea of sending Isia to Kindergarten. While our local elementary school is fantastic, I knew I'd miss our time together. So I kept praying about it, without finding peace. Thinking it best, we even attended Kindergarten Roundup and got her signed up. But still, there was no peace. I found myself still wrestling with the idea of homeschooling her. Then I asked myself, Why? Why was I talking myself out of it?

Why does our education need to look like everyone else's, when our life hasn't?

Then I realized that yes, I want to keep her home and continue this wonderful learning journey together. So I had to call to withdraw her, the hardest phone call of my life because then we were committed, but I did and here we are!

Rainbow Collage
Rainbow Collage
(Because homeschool kids deserve a first day picture too)
Everyone has their own reasons for choosing to homeschool. The components that appeal to me most are the flexibility of the schedule (especially with a new baby arriving soon!), quality time with siblings, unscheduled eating (she's a grazer like her Mama), and lots of time for playing outside.

Now if I was returning to teaching, there'd be no question of sending her to school. But with the gift of another year home, I want us to be together. I’m excited for what we’re all going to learn with a new baby in the house. When Billy arrived she was only two and doesn’t remember a time without him. Now she's five and remembers more all the time (even more than I'd probably like sometimes, ahem). So I’m hoping this time makes an impression on her and Billy for when they’re ready to start their own families. 

Anyways, back to homeschooling! Part of starting this school year together has been reviewing projects from last year. Including this rainbow collage:
Rainbow Collage

It took a long time to complete, but we love the result! She enjoyed raiding our collage bin for the different colors. I drew guidelines for her first, then she cut paper to glue into each segment. Cutting is great for strengthening little hands! Then she glued them in, piece by piece.

They were loose guidelines, and I love how the orange is ignoring them altogether (smile).

A great beginning to our homeschool! It'll be a colorful year, and I'm looking forward to coloring it in together.

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Rainbow Collage

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