Aug 31, 2010

First day of school...

Today marked our very first day of school!  Complete with new school clothes, supplies, and brand new school books.  After much consideration our family has decided to homeschool.  In the end it comes down to doing what is best for our family. (doesn't it always?)  Homeschool works for me by giving me the opportunity to blend Waldorf, Montessori, and traditional schooling in our lives.  Our day is laced with Waldorf rhythm, song, circle time, and play.  We find montessori works with our materials, and some of the philosophies that impact our choices.  For the bulk of our learning we are very grateful to be following the Harvest Curriculum from the lovely women at  Wee Folk Art

a self portrait of her first day at school.

Our deciding factor in making this leap?
It was Matt.
Matt of all people.
Matt who was SO opposed to homeshcool in all of our conversations on which path was best.
Ava told him that she wanted to stay home with us, to learn at home.  And that was it. 
Matt told me that "there may not be many years left with her that she wants to be home.  If we can have her with us, even a little bit longer, and give her all she needs, then we should"
And that was it.  I was sold.


Kelly said...

Beautiful! Happy homelearning!

Michelle-WeeFolkArt said...

I just wanted to stop by and wish you a good year. I hope you enjoy the Harvest Unit. I look forward to hearing how it goes.

Tara said...

I followed your link from the Wee Folk Art site because we started our lessons this week too. I am excited to follow your adventures as well! Take care and best to you in this journey. :)

Kimara@weefolkart said...

We are very excited to have you join us this year. Happy first day of school. We are looking forward to getting to know your family as the year goes on!

Nicole said...

Yeah! What a beautiful beginning. Like Tara, I also followed your link from Wee Folk Art site. We're starting next Monday and I'm glad to have other participating families to follow!

Look forward to sharing in the fun!

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