|The last day of parochial school - Instead of showing her grade, she held up an "L" for "Last"!|
At any rate, today - January 30th, marks the completion of five whole years of homeschooling and the first day of our sixth year.
(and 5 years of my blog - see the first post.)
|First couple of weeks of homeschooli|
I still remember that first day her joy at waking up when school normally would have been starting, then being overly excited and grateful to begin her new life as a homeschooled child. Her relief was evident every single day of the first few months, which made me glad we went ahead with the mid-year switch instead of waiting for fifth grade. Actually, I don't even remember what made us think the situation would be tolerable for another whole semester. Perhaps we were just unsure of our decision to become homeschoolers.
|Amber was excited to choose her own subjects, including Latin.|
Still, Amber's enthusiasm for school and learning returned quickly and she has been an absolute pleasure to teach. Besides the positive effects homeschooling has had on Amber's attitude, we have been able to give her an education that is tailored to her learning style, her interests, and her needs without the negative situations that occurred in school. Of course once Amber's EDS and dysautonomia became more pronounced, we were even more grateful to already be established as homeschoolers instead of struggling with chronic illness and school attendance.
|A happy student and a very young Biscotti (9 months).|
However, for today we are celebrating the successful and happy completion of five full years of homeschooling!