Saturday, September 6, 2008

Crazy?

I have noticed a lot of the blogs that I "stock" have pictures of their five-year-old starting school and maybe some of you, or maybe not, have been wondering, "Why doesn't Annie have any pictures of Malachi starting school; he is supposed to be a kindergartner, right?" Anyway, the reason I haven't posted any pictures of him going to school is because he is in a program called the Virtual Academy. It is basically online school or homeschooling. I love the program because I'm given all of the curriculum for him (K12 curriculum) and all of the school supplies and books. They also have activities at least once a month with all of the other kids that are in the program. I don't plan on homeschooling him forever, just through second grade. Some of the reasons I have chosen to do this is...One, because I would prefer to be my child's number one source of influence until the age of accountability (8 years old). Another, is because it has been wonderful to have three hours of quality time with Malachi everyday(and Arianne and Ellie, who like to participate in everything that Malachi is doing). There are many other reasons, but those are the two main ones. I have nothing against public schooling and I intend to eventually send my kids to school, but since I have the choice, I have chosen to do homeschooling for now. Hopefully, none of you think I am too crazy.

If you don't want to see a bunch of pictures, then don't go any further. I have attached a lot of pictures that I have taken recently. Most of the pictures are of Ellie, because Arianne and Malachi absolutely hate getting their pictures taken. Ellie is not a big fan of picture taking either, but she can be bribed a little easier (as seen below, with a sucker). I also have a few pictures of two of my friend Emily's boys (she has three, but her four-year-old wasn't too eager to have his picture taken, sounds familiar). Sorry if you get bored of the view of my backyard; it is the easiest way to contain children while trying to take their picture.
















7 comments:

Courtenay said...

Cute pictures Annie! Enjoy that Home Schooling time. I think its great that you have chosen to do it. Kids grown up too fast! It sound like he is in a great program. Way to go!

Platt Family said...

You will have to let us know how the schooling is going! And no, I personally do not think you are crazy, my thoughts are, what ever works with your family is the best way to go! By the way the pictures of Ellie are really cute!

Rachel said...

Annie, that is awesome!! You rock and what an endeaver to home school! My cousin does that program with her 5 kids and...did you know that I was home schooled from 4th grade on? I graduated at 16 and attended college at 16 too. I'm so excited for you! Good luck and ignore the weird comments from people, okay? :) You are amazing and good luck!

Rachel Seren said...

The pictures are really cute! As far as the homeschooling I have thought and thought about doing the same thing. So just do what you feel is right for your fam.

The Black Family said...

Those pictures turned out great! Good luck with the home schooling :) I'm not scared of homeschooled kids who have normal parents, just the ones who are psycho and turn them into social neophytes lol. (you guys are the former, not the latter of course)

min said...

Annie... why so apologetic? You do what is best for you, and I don't think you are crazy! I admire you... wish I had the guts. Love ALL the pics! You are having fun with that new camera that I am so envious of! I love the red wall, would love to have my up-coming family pic taken there! That little car Ellie is on, is adorable! Good job!

Derk & Jen said...

Hi! I'm so glad you got a hold of me. your blog is so cute and your kids are getting so big I can't believe it.