So I always knew this day was a possibility…my husband and I have had numerous talks about the “S” word.
SCHOOL, that is! We talked about all the elements that contributed to a quality education for our youngins’. Not simply the caliber of the curriculum, but the focus of said curriculum. We knew that whatever, wherever and however they were taught, they would need to know that all things are centered on our Great Creator, GOD, for whom we live! Well, up until this point, we decided that the best place to provide a GOD center education was at home. However, this last year we moved to a new location and another option presented itself.
As we were exploring Classical Christian Co-ops, we happened upon (I don’t believe in coincidence) a Classical Christian School that had just opened in our area. Regents School of Charlottesville was starting enrollment for its 5th year. We began to think about the option of “sending” our children to school. We were blown away by their Christ-centered mission and enthusiasm to highlight our mighty Creator in all academic endeavors.
Weeeeeeeelllllll, long story short, after assessments, and children meetings, and parent meetings, and prayer, and financial meetings, and prayer, and principal meetings, and prayer……..
Our boys had their first day of SCHOOL!! I admit, I was a mess! I held it together after a strong hug from my oldest son and some kind reassuring words, “Mommy, its going to be okay!” (Ayden)
I knew it was. I knew/know the Lord has lead us to a wonderful community of parents, teachers, and administrators who are truly concerned with the heart of our children (as much as we as parents are). I have been so blessed to interact with them thus far. I am so excited to see what this year holds. But alright, enough of that, heres’s a glimpse at our first day as organized go-to-schoolers.
Their First “First Day of School” Goodie boxes (A little tradition I want to start to build their excitement for the first day of school. It was meant to be similar to the “kinderkone” tradition for german children, but with a little help from the grandparents…lets just say, we got a bit carried away.)
Their first day taking their bookbags off the hooks.
Their first wake up call! (And yes my two HUGE 5 and 6 yr old share a twin size top bunk! That is by their choice. We tried separating them and they won’t have it)
Their first “before school” breakfast.
Their first “first day of school” photos.
Ayden’s first time hanging his bookbag up on his assigned hook.
Adyen’s first time sitting down for his penmanship lesson.
and then standing up realizing he doesn’t have to start yet. =)
Ayden’s first “goodbye sister” hug.
Azel’s first time sitting on the classroom rug for a little before class play.
Azel’s first time looking at the camera begging Mommy to please leave and stop embarrassing him.
Okay, maybe I was a bit obsessive! But this was the first time that I was leaving my kiddos (other than children’s church) to be educated by a third party. It was nerve wrecking.
At the end of the day (kicking myself for forgetting to photograph) they had big smiles on their face. They enjoyed their first days and are excited (even though exhausted) to go again tomorrow. I am equally excited (and exhausted) but most of all I am joyful! As we walk through the many toils that this life has to offer, I am reminded everyday of my God’s unfailing love and protection. I am reassured of this and rest on it as we enter into this new chapter of SCHOOL!