Wednesday, August 31, 2011

School Update #1

Well, we've officially started Flower Princess and the Little Old Man in Kindergarten and Pre-school, respectively.  Yes, we are homeschooling, and even though I don't consider Scott's participation mandatory past Bible time, he is our academic guru and chooses to sit in for the additional hour and fifteen minutes.  They are very different in their learning styles, however.  We've always known this...she's into writing and art, he's into memorizing and core subjects.  She painstakingly perfects each crayon stroke to make a masterpiece of every worksheet, he mechanically colors everything black for a more efficient use of his time.

The chuckle of today came during phonics time...Cara's phonics time, that is, which Scott always audits.  They were supposed to use the word on the card in a sentence.  Here is an example of the variance in personalities.

The word is 'pen'.

Cara: "The beautiful girl needed a pencil to write down how much she loved her friend, but she couldn't find one, (animated, shocked look) so she asked the kind boy if she could use his PEN and he said yes, then she could write the note to her friend and color it with five beautiful colors, and he saw it and loved the way she colored the big letters all golden and told her that she was pretty, and then they got married with a rainbow in the sky."

Scott: "I like PENS."

The word is 'sun'.

Cara: "The little girl with golden hair looked outside  (huge eyes, moving of imaginary curtains) and she was so sad to see it raining on the very day of her birthday party, (exasperated look accompanied by slight foot stomp) but she remembered it wasn't for a while still, so he hoped and hoped and hoped and then prayed that it would be a lovely day, then after eating her lunch of peanut butter and jelly and very yummy watermelon (belly rubbing) she looked out the window and saw the SUN outside was shining so bright and sparkly to make her birthday party so very very special for her and her beautiful friends who got all dressed up with dresses and crowns."

Scott: "I like the SUN to shine for baseball."

I don't know where she gets the nack for coming up with strange, illogical stories...(that's my story and I'm sticking to it!)


  1. Um . . . that's your story - you're not considering, "like mother, like daughter" for a conclusion?!?!?!

    I love the comparison of their stories. It just goes to show how each one is an individual, made special and unique.

  2. that made me laugh! How exciting to homeschool. We just signed Martin up for preschool over at our school. I don't think he and I would get along enough to homeschool. He's so stubborn. I wonder where he gets that a from....(ME!) Ha.

  3. I'm so glad to know that I am not the only one to have given birth to Anne of Green Gables!!

  4. Those are MY smart and creative grandchildren! :0