School started back for the boys last week.  I had originally planned on starting Sept. 1st or 2nd, but I realized very quickly that we really needed to get back into a regular routine.  That means I was desperately trying to get boxes unpacked and every thing organized an entire week before I had planned.  We had also been taking turns being sick, so I was already behind schedule.  I managed to get everything except for our arts & crafts supplies unpacked and we were able to start Aug. 26th.  Yay!  I did end up spending most of my Labor Day finishing up unpacking the arts & crafts supplies.  It all worked out because it rained a lot on Labor Day and we couldn’t do much anyway.

James is in 4th grade this year.  JAMES FIRST DAY FOURTH GRADEHe turns 10 in about 2 weeks, and I don’t think I’m ready to have a child in double digits!  So far, his favorite subjects are Science & Latin.  He really wanted to work on Greek again this year but I told him that Latin would help him more in Science.  We are using a range of curriculum this year: A Beka (Language Arts & American History), Sonlight (Science & Readers), Prima Latina, CTC Math, Positive Actions Bible Curriculum, & more that I’m slowly working into our schedule.  James has chosen a basketball clinic for PE and HPA (Homeschool Performing Arts) for Drama.  All co-ops and extracurriculars start later here than they did in Louisiana, so we’re looking forward to HPA starting next week!

Jonathan is in 1st grade this year.  JONATHAN FIRST DAY FIRST GRADEHe will be turning 7 at the end of October.  He has been enjoying learning Cursive, Reading, & Science.  We’re mainly using A Beka for Jonathan this year but I am supplementing with Wordly Wise & Explode the Code.  Those were Jonathan’s favorite curriculum choices from last year and we’re going to continue to use them.  Jonathan is also doing Positive Actions Bible Curriculum.  (I really like this curriculum because it has learning virtues built into each week.  We focused a lot on virtues last year.  This is a way to continue our character training without having to do the same thing over and over.)  Jonathan chose flag football as his main extracurricular.  I tried to talk him into one more thing, but that was all he wanted.

We will be doing all of our art and music at home this year.  I will be teaching both of the boys piano.  We miss our old piano teacher, but there are not a lot of places like NOLA that offer free piano lessons.  I am perfectly happy teaching the boys.  I am actually really looking forward to it.  I’m also going to be working in some composer bios and hymn history.  I’m really looking forward to our music time this year.  We are also going to work in some art appreciation.  I really like an art class in which you learn about the artists instead of just technique, so that’s what I’ve got planned.

We do have one more student living here.  ;-)  Zach’s semester officially started this week.  He taught 2 classes today, attended a seminar for the prof that he’s assisting this semester, & has his own class tonight.  Wednesdays are going to be the most tiring day of the week for him, but I’m sure he’ll do great.

I have a post written about our trip to the zoo and some of the other fun things we’ve done, but still haven’t posted it.  I guess you’ll be seeing more than 1 post from me this week.

Please continue to pray for us as we adjust to our new area.  We’ve met a few new friends and are looking forward to making more connections as all of our activities get started.

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