July is half over and it is almost time for the Painter kids to get back to school. Usually we would be starting school now as I have us on a year-round schedule, but my parents are visiting at the end of the month so we are waiting until the first week of August. I am hard at work at preparing for it though. Here is a sampling of some of the fun things in store.
Bit is going to be in fifth grade. I am a bit blown away that my daughter is now old enough to be in the grade I used to teach. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN???? As she pointed out to her father a bit ago (nearly sending him into apoplexy), she would be getting her Hogwarts letter this year if she were a British witch.
Anyway, our history journey has brought us to Explorers through 1815. We will be reading a lot of historical fiction that takes place during the time plus some great non-fiction, plus some other books I think she will enjoy.
LM is going to be in 1st grade. His reading, thanks to Gerald and Piggie and Henry and Mudge, has taken off this summer. He will be reading a lot of books this year, and here is a sampling of some I will be reading to him now that he's mastered the art of concentrating long enough:
I'm looking forward to this year, but sad I don't have co-op classes to teach in this new town yet. I'm going to miss having students other than my own kids, particularly the high schoolers.