Allow me to introduce to you the class of 2012-2013 at the Gillespie family homeschool:
Wee Jesse. Smiles, coos, gurgles and is leading the master class in how to sleep 9 hour stretches through the night!
Hallelujah, we’ve got a sleeper!
And oh, it’s so nice having this little guy around. Totally yummy and smoochable, his sweet face is a soothing balm in the frenzy of certain moments.
Young Will is
exasperatingly hilariously cute in his intensely curious, exploratory inquisitive stage.
Nothing is as sweet as discovering an entire roll of toilet paper unrolled and in the toilet, dental floss wrapped around the taps and toothbrushes, the water tap turned on high to fill up any container that can be found, the classic felt pen, lipstick and nailpolish bodypaint…the list goes on. How’s that for a positive spin? This boy is busy.
Ahhh, the fresh face of an eager Kinder.
Ethan is easy to please with new crayons, a pad of paper & any schoolish-looking workbook , a trip to the library, and anything snug-fitting and cozy to wear!
Simple pleasures make for smooth sailing with this lad. I’m so looking forward to a year of learning with this one!
Another eager beaver, Eli exudes enthusiasm from every pore of his being!
This fella sings at the top of his lungs from dawn to dusk, loves decoding street signs and cereal boxes, and is always, always agreeable towards any crazy idea mama wants to try.
These 5 & 7 year olds are my little sponges, wide-eyed and ready to drink deep of any new discovery I can lead them to. I LOVE homeschooling this age!
Sweet Isabel…coming into her own! Introducing “curriculum” takes a little more strategic presentation, with plenty of wiggle room for individuality!
Blossoming into the enjoyment of reading is happening here, best done with less nudging and more cuddles on the couch.
She gets down to business with her writing and math, knowing the sooner she’s done, the sooner she’s free!
Isabel loves her younger sibs and is an amazing help for us all- does diapers, chases toddlers, finds everyone’s missing anythings, does her own laundry, bikes herself to her 6+ hours of dance classes and can whip up lunch for 9!
I’m loving her tender heart these days and her creative, capable hands.
Still game to hold a chalkboard and make mama happy, Miles is agreeable to all things fun & a bit silly.
He’s also our soccer playing, wood-chopping, ditch-digging, baby- carrying ‘tween and cooked up a mean lentil spaghetti sauce yesterday.
Another babysitter in the ranks makes for three in the home- now that is fun!
Mature, funny, studious and handsome, (if I do say so myself), Aaron was focused on getting into his Grade 11 coursework…so I didn’t force the issue of participating in our nature walk and first-day-of-school photoshoot. (I don’t think he was disappointed.)
This teen is a dream to have around…works hard, keeps us laughing and pondering and discussing all things from theatre to theology.
This shot was taken on his 15th birthday a couple weeks earlier.
Photos to come of Al & Emma…they have been in the car or on bike, taxi-ing here and there to dance, piano & voice lessons. There’s an “N” on the near horizon and we are all looking forward to having another driver in our midst.
One last shot of me…and my two little sidekicks. It’s gonna be a crazy good one, this 2012-2013 school year.
Here we go…