After a brief break from the Sonlight Blog Party, I am back, sharing my back-to-school traditions or celebrations, and my goals for the upcoming school year.
The one tradition we have kept up all these years is the annual “First Day of School” picture. I began this tradition when we formally started schooling, back in 2000 when my oldest son was beginning Kindergarten. I also had a three year old and a 3 month old when we started. This year is a particularly bittersweet year for me because I’ll be graduating my first “homeschooled all the way through” student so we took our LAST “first day of school” picture this year.
Timothy officially began homeschooling in Kindergarten when we submitted the “letter of intent” to our school board, a requirement for homeschooling in Florida. Technically, he was homeschooled in preschool as well, and as I like to say, from birth, because I was the one who taught him to talk, walk, eat by himself, brush his teeth, wipe his bottom…you know…THOSE things!
It is fun to see how much the kids have grown over the years.
I’m grateful that my college boy plays along with this tradition. He texts me his “first day of school” pictures from college! This year he wrote his sign on his new iPad!
My goal for this year is to graduate my first child from homeschooling and to celebrate all his “lasts”! Oh and I also don’t want to fall behind!