Yesterday was Mary Clare's first day of Kindergarten! Doesn't she look excited.
Because we are not sending her to a traditional school, her first class was... PE at the local gym.
Gymnastics was a highlight of her week last year, but now it's even better because her buddy Ruth is in her class.
MC in class at back to school night.MC is attending a charter school that is a part of our public school system. It's different than a tradition public school because primarily we do school at home*. I've been told very explicitly that we are NOT homeschooling, but doing school at home through a virtual academy. MC has a teacher and classmates that she gets together with a few times a month, either in person or via a skype-type program, but for the most part, I work with her at home to do her lessons. They call me the learning coach.
Here's her little desk with all it's materials and books, which happily arrived free of charge to my doorstep a few weeks ago. They are also going to pay for part of our internet.
That's the same desk from my room in high school where I did my homework and the same chair I sat in as a kid at the kitchen table writing letters to my grandmas, so her study space has some good educational roots.
Some of her lessons are online computer games or activities, but for the most part it's the two of us making discoveries together at the kitchen table or in a fort in the backyard or under a blanket on the couch... you get the idea.
Last night MC asked how long she would be in school for. "Um, at least 17 years." I said. I guess the journey has to start somewhere and I'm glad we get to do it together.
*If you are concerned that she will be socially awkward, please don't be. I'm a firm believer that awkward parents make awkward kids, not schooling at home. I don't think I'm awkward... and she has tons of social interaction with other kids multiple times a week... and I'm not just talking about her brother.