Little Things Thursday

It’s a big day around here, which will explain my absence in blogland this week. I “officially” have a high school Freshman today!

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Today is the first time since Kindergarten where I am releasing my child to be educated by others. It’s a big step. For us both.

It’s not that we have felt others couldn’t teach our children, it’s more that we fell into a way of education that felt right for those years between 1st and 8th grades. But, the time for change and help came around winter of last year.  We could sense a need to fill that wasn’t there before.

We have always said that we would take this homeschool journey one year at a time and consider the needs of each child individually.  At this stage, for this child, it was time to explore other options. She will begin a hybrid type education today.  There will be campus days and home days. There will be dances, plays, and time to be with peers.

And, the next four years will be rigorous.  She hasn’t even had her first day of school and she has already written an essay comparing/contrasting Pride and Prejudice with To Kill A Mockingbird. Her choices.  She has studied for Government and completed a project for Government. She has completed 3 lessons of Algebra I, and has begun reading for her Literature class. There will be several quizzes on day 1.  

I’ve merely been the assistant in helping her navigate this transition from all me to a slew of educators with new expectations. So,we’ve been busy and I’m still on the hook.  I may not be teaching the classes, but I am still to be the supplement and guide ensuring that all is well.

There are butterflies this morning, but I know that this is going to be great.

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  1. My post is also about educational changes I made this year. 🙂 I am not aware of any hybrid options in my area but that does sound like a good idea.

  2. I hope today goes well! And hope your precious girl will flourish + grow this year!
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  3. Good luck G and mama! I bet she will do GREAT!
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  4. it’s gonna be an exciting year for your little girl!
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  5. Good luck to her, it sounds like she is ready and able for this new exciting challenge

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  6. How exciting! I know she’s going to have a great year!
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  7. Wishing her the very best of luck! May you all be abundantly blessed!
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  8. The joys of parenthood. Be brave mom. You have laid the foundation and now she will soar. It may be a tough transition at first (for both of you), but you will get through it.
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  9. Welcome to public school – sounds like she is in a good program (the pre-day one curriculum sounds very familiar to one my kiddos were in). I like your philosophy and approach to ‘one year at a time and considering each child’s needs individually’, and I am confident she will do well. Best wishes to her and you for a successful year.
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  10. Oh my goodness that is a huge change. It gives me anxiety just thinking about it. She’s going to be fine – hugs mama!!!!!
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  11. Oh I can just imagine those big whirling butterflies! Wishing you and Gracyn all the best for this school year and the new program,… you’re both in good hands, no matter what happens 🙂
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  12. Oh,my, big step! Praying for wisdom, discernment and grace along the way.

  13. 1. God’s blessings on this new schooling venture. I hope it’s a blessing for both parent and daughter!
    2. Film – wow! Love how it created that haze all on its own!

  14. These transitions are really exciting but traumatic for kids. But what about the parents? How does that happen that she is a Freshman already, right?
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  15. Best wishes to all of you as you make this transition and change. We are taking a similar approach to homeschooling…people always ask how long we’ll do this and I tell them we re-evaluate each year.
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  16. Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes….looks like we are sharing the same wave my friend 🙂

  17. What an exciting time for both of you! 🙂

  18. Wow! That’s crazy how much work she has done before even starting school! Good luck to her at her new school!!!!

  19. That truly sounds like a huge step! Homeschooling is something very novel for me. I have not heard of it being practiced (allowed?) in Germany. The transition must be so very exciting for all of you. Good thing you found a ‘hybrid’ to adjust slowly. All the best!
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  20. Oh goodness, they do grow up so fast don’t they? High School Freshman year is such an emotional time for parents and children alike. Ah but wait my dear, wait until you are facing those College Freshman years…that is the time when the tears will roll. Beautiful girl!

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