July 29, 2011

back to (home) school

To allow for a lengthy bonding period when we bring our Jubilee home in September, I am starting school on Monday.  That was a short summer!  Granted, if we didn't crack a book until after Christmas it wouldn't be the end of the world, since Bright is starting 1st grade at a 2nd grade reading level, but I'm too uptight to be that laid back, I'm slightly ashamed to admit.

This will be my second year of home schooling, and I feel ready and weary and grateful and weary and then grateful again, because this home schooling stuff is just so incredibly awesome.  Seriously.

So to kick off our 2011-2012 school year here at Rupp Academy, (and speaking of being uptight) I will post this quote from a friend of a friend's blog.
"Because what will the math really matter if they are bitter? If the house is immaculate — but my attitude a mess? If they can count — but they don’t know how to count all things as joy? If we get the lists done, but have lost happiness in Him? How can any grammar skill outweigh the fact they don’t know the language of grace and thanks? What good will it be if they can recite all the major British battles — but they don’t know to see beauty? What am I teaching our children if I’m not living simply, quietly this: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Phil. 4:8). Focusing on what is beautiful, good, true –isn’t this the truest education?" -Ann Voskamp
And here is some of the art from our very short summer.
Bright's depiction of Zion's new bifocals.
The subject of Bright's work (bifocal line not visible on account of lighting, I suppose).  
Zion's watercolor depiction of "paint dripping off of an alien."
"Lobster" by Bright
If you give him crayons, he'll eat them.