Our school year is up and running, and three days in, it feels pretty good. Dimples was happy to get back to school early Monday morning. Wednesday morning, Ladybug and Honeybee joined the “back to school” party.
Honeybee is riding the bus, a new experience for us, so we walked together to the bottom of the driveway and waited. The bus stopped on the highway and the driver motioned for her to cross in front of the stopped traffic. As she walked across the normally treacherous road, it felt like I was sending her into a great unknown, until I saw another child wave and knew she saw a familiar face. This morning she asked me to wait with her again, and it occurs to me that this may be a good time to connect with her each day.
Russ dropped Ladybug off downtown, within a few blocks of the high school, and then headed to Dimples’ school. Next week Eby and Little Man will begin their class (three mornings a week), and the drop off plan will grow more complicated. It’s a good thing we live in a small town.
Honeybee came home all smiles, saying she likes her new school and sharing stories from her day. Ladybug called after her three classes to tell me that she loved it and had a great time. Dimples is off to a good start and enjoys her classmates.
I am making a gentle start to our homeschool year, gathering Sunshine, Eby, and Little Man for Bible, nature study, and literature. We’ll jump in full force next week. This morning they found a field mouse which they placed in a small box with food, water, and supplies for a nest – namely, scraps of curly hair from recent haircuts. I pulled the Handbook of Nature Study off the shelf and we had a spontaneous lesson on the front porch. They plan to observe it for an hour and then release the mouse in the pasture. I keep reminding them that it is wild animal and they can’t touch it with their hands; I honestly don’t like things like this!
We are packing for one of the highlights of our year – REACH Camp! It is our sixth year attending this camp for families affected by HIV/AIDS. We are excited to see many special friends. Even Mimi is joining us, and since we don’t get much time with her, I am very happy. With Hannah in Minneapolis, she won’t make it, but she is planning a trip home the first week of December.
I’ve been gathering supplies, sorting books, and yesterday I ordered more of my favorite pencils to go with our electric pencil sharpener. Having a good sharpener and good quality pencils these past few years has been exceptionally helpful. The sharpener I have isn’t made anymore, but the one below is similar. It is worth every penny I spent on it. Sunshine is finishing up an exciting book, 100 Cupboards, and can’t put it down.
What is your favorite back-to-school purchase?