Monday, October 17, 2011

Continuing the Updates

It's Amelia's turn! She is still just as spunky as ever with her beautiful big brown eyes and long, thick curly hair. I guess she might be the resident princess, although in all actuality, I think any one of the three girls could fit that description at any given time. LOL She is six years old and in the first grade now, and she thought she wanted to go to school this year, so we took care of all of the necessities and went and enrolled her the week before. She was very excited, but that was not very long lived. I picked her up after school was over on the first day, and she immediately told me she wanted to home school again. I told her that she should probably give it some more time first. She didn't really like that answer but realized that was what she had to do. (Even though she did mention that she was just not going to get up in the morning. :D) We came home that evening and she pretty much just laid around and didn't say much at all - not normal for her. She did get up the next morning and made it back, but when I picked her up that afternoon, it was the same story. Those big brown eyes were very sad, and she was still just laying around and not saying much at all. It was killing me, so after a discussion with my husband, we decided I would start homeschooling her again. We told her, and she immediately returned to her normal happy self. I was soooooooo happy to be homeschooling her again. I had thought that putting her in school was something that I had wanted, too. After all, her two older sisters were enjoying it so much, I just assumed she would, too. But, she just wasn't ready, and honestly, neither was I. A couple of school teacher friends of mine had encouraged me back in the summer to continue with the homeschooling, and that was something that had stayed with me even during our decision to go ahead and let her go to school, but I had thought I would just work with her and her teachers to make sure she was getting what she needed. I have to admit though, I like having this responsibility all to myself and not having to deal with anyone else and their lesson plans. After bring her back home, within the next week, I ordered her new materials, and we were back to school within a couple of weeks. I LOVE what I have chosen for her this year. Last year was not fun. I did not like what we used, and the frustration with all of it I think is what drove me to try putting her in school. This year is so much better. Timberdoodle has never steered me wrong, so I went with some of their recommendations. We're using Big Truths for Little Kids, JUMP Math at Home, First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind, Phonics Pathways, and A Reason for Handwriting. We're also getting lots of books at the library for some just-for-fun reading, and we're doing some science stuff from the internet. For some reason, she's become very interested in a map of the USA and likes to try to find different states as I call them out, so I'll definitely continue to work with that while she's enjoying it so much.

She loves going to church and has found a very special friend there. She and Matthew really get along well and are constantly playing during the day, either on the computer, playing house, or just sitting together watching something on TV. She also enjoys spending time with her nana and grandaddy. She's a busy little girl!

Her 6th Birthday Party - Everybody's favorite gift!

Amelia and Matthew showing off their new glasses.

Amelia at the beach.

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