Sunday, August 21, 2011
Ahhhh The Smell Of New Crayons....!
Was there a particular school supply that was your favorite? Oh there was for me! The joy of opening a new crisp box of crayons. Rarely was it the pristine box of 64 with the sharpener on back...no those were reserved for special Christmas gifts. Normally teachers just liked the plain Jane box of 24. That was okay because nestled in those 24 glorious waxy colors was the Red one!
I've never had a school list for my crew, because we just did our homeschool thing. But, I've always felt compelled to buy new crayons! I just couldn't help myself! This year is different. We are going to attend a coop, and I actually have a school supply list. On that list are several boxes of Crayola Crayons! I have to say that my boys do not exhibit any thrill of opening a new box of crayons. In the early years one cherub had the gal to rip open the box! Imagine just ripping into that box of brand new crayons. No Respect. Then the same cherub pealed and broke the crayons into tiny bits (except the ones he chewed!). I could have sat down and cried!
One of my dreams was to take my first little one and solemnly introduce him to the joy and honor of coloring in a color book with (of course) a brand new straight red crayon. He looked at me, dumped them on the table. Swiped them haphazardly across the paper and smiled and said: "All done!" I had to have someone explain that many little boys don't color. At least they don't color what you want them to color! I have been vandalized by green dry erase marker and we don't want to even go there!
Well it's dawning on me that I've spent this whole blogpost on red crayons. I meant to say that we are going to be very eclectic in our schooling this year. I've got four cherubs doing four different things this year. I've not done it this way before, but hey, it's a new year. I've got new hopes and new energy! (let's just pray that it holds out!)
Our curriculum include Abeka Language Arts, Learning Language Arts Through Literature, Institute In Excellence in Writing, Texas History, Daily Grams, Teaching Textbooks 6 and 7, ACE Math, and Rod and Staff About Three. I'm also going to begin going through the questions of the Catechism. We will use that for both Bible and Handwriting. I'm also adding some books with Progeny Press as well.
So that's about it friends. I pray as you start your school year, you are filled with hope and excitement with the newness of all that is to come!
"All your children will be taught by the LORD, and great will be their peace."
Praying this for you all!