Summer Reading (and maybe a little Math)

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One of my goals is to instill a love of reading in my children. My mother took us to the library weekly through the summers. Each time we checked out large stacks of books which we rapidly plowed through, and then went back for more. When we weren’t reading we played in the backyard or with kids from the neighborhood. Many afternoons were spent at Chism Beach on Lake Washington – we loved that place.

An incredible thing has happened; my youngest children are now a readers. Additionally, Bee and Dimples have become fabulous readers too. It’s caught them both by surprise.

Bee's Wildly Successful School Year

Bee at science camp with her class

Today is Bee’s last day of sixth grade. When she joined our family four and a half years ago, she could not speak English, could not read her native language (Amharic), and had very little formal schooling. She was ten years old, but together with our agency, we legally changed her age to make her nine, hoping that would give her a little extra time to catch up to her peers.

That decision has produced some issues, and having been adoptive parents for over six years, I’m not sure we would do it again, but that is a post for another day.

Bee’s Wildly Successful School Year

Bee at science camp with her class

Today is Bee’s last day of sixth grade. When she joined our family four and a half years ago, she could not speak English, could not read her native language (Amharic), and had very little formal schooling. She was ten years old, but together with our agency, we legally changed her age to make her nine, hoping that would give her a little extra time to catch up to her peers.

That decision has produced some issues, and having been adoptive parents for over six years, I’m not sure we would do it again, but that is a post for another day.

And Then We Forgot the Keys

We took a field trip last week to one of our favorite parks where the kids climbed trees while Mimi, Russ, and I visited. Mimi only had an hour before she had to be back at work, so it was short, but it was great to get out in the sunshine. We got home with plans to finish schoolwork, and then discovered that I didn’t have a house key.

A Gently Rolling Start

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.

What Will School Look Like This Year?

 

At four-thirty this morning I was up  with lots on my mind.  Torn between writing, reading, and tackling the far overdue project of taking last year’s school books off the shelves and replacing them with books for this year, I chose the latter.  I hate to admit that I had not yet done it, but it’s true.  This is what our table looked like by 6:00 AM.

Once again, school is going to be different this year. Prior to the adoption of our children, we had exclusively homeschooled and it was a significant part of our family culture.