Thursday, August 28, 2014

School's In Session!

Sarah has been so excited to start school!
This girl is so full of joy and positive energy!

Luke takes a more relaxed approach to school!
Madeline is excited too!
Really praying for her…
She struggles with learning and speaking.

Melissa has only been home 1.5 yrs and she has just about caught up to the third grade group!
It is obvious that she will be able to be completely caught up soon.
This is not usually true with adoptees. 
"Catching up" is a hope but usually not a reality.
Most of the children have so much that they have missed out on that we need to start them at the very beginning no matter what their age is when they come home.
Some have received little to no previous education.
They were exposed to very little learning opportunities in China and often have to start at the Pre-K level.
It doesn't do any good to try to push them ahead. There are too many academic and life skill/experience holes that need to be filled in the correct order so they can begin their learning journey.

I welcome the challenges but having Melissa be able to fit right in where other children her age are at has been a welcomed surprise!

We love Sarah's passion for learning! She started at the beginning when she came home at 8.5 years and she is currently doing 5th grade work!
She is excited about learning and energetic when it comes to school!
We are so proud of her!
It's our hope that she will go to college- she'll be a bit older than the average freshman but we think she'll get there at some point!

This would be Mia behind the book!
This sweet girl is doing well in so many ways!
She is a joy! 
Her smile lights up the room!
She is loving her new life!
She is so helpful and easy to be around!
But, she struggles with English and understanding the spoken words…
I sometimes wonder if she has an auditory processing challenge?
However, it's too early to tell.
 She is still an English language learner.

Sarah is loving her new teachers on the video!
She is eager to learn and has such a great attitude!

We have been blessed to have her as the oldest of the newbies!
As we began welcoming more children home Sarah asked if she could stay the oldest- we agreed!
It was a wise and reasonable request!
She is good at being the oldest!

This would be the Kindergarten class!
Yes, they are spaced/ positioned like that for a reason!

Sometimes they are like puppy dogs!
And they just want to touch each other and play like puppies- 
so a little distance is GOOD!

Emma and Ellie are joining us until their school starts!

I have blog post that I need to do on this little guy.
He is making great progress and he is actually learning some kindergarten material and some preschool material!
I wasn't planning on him actually being able to sit with us for K but that's the beauty of homeschool!
It's working so we keep doing it.

I have him right next to me so I can whisper in his ear what we are working on - he is active and likes to move a lot but when Mom's gentle hand is on his shoulder he sits still ; - )

Notice the windows in this room!
When I am with one group I can see right into the other classroom!
Only GOD could have done this!

Our 3rd graders are ready to be a little bit more independent!
They can do bible class, phonics, penmanship and spelling without Mom!

I am there for reading class, math, science and language!

I have prayed over this for quite awhile.
I didn't know how we were going to do…

I only knew we were supposed to do this.
AND, I love it/ wanted to... 
 somehow HE was going to figure it all out.
And HE did!

Soooo thankful!

This is a very fun group to teach!
The K class is an incredibly rewarding group to teach!
They are learning and moving forward despite some learning challenges and being ELL kiddos!

And then there are days when we all end up on Mom's chair!
Love being home with these treasures!

We are off to a great start (on lesson 17) and we are so thankful!
Of course, we still have many challenges but we know we can put our trust in HIM! God will guide us and see us through!


mewohlwend said...

I SO admire you, teaching all of your children in the way that works best for them. They will continue to thrive, I'm sure! I hope Emma and Ellie love their school, too. You live in a great district, and I hope their classes are a great fit for them. And, I can hardly wait to see a photo of little Grace in your school group! I'm thinking she'll eventually fit in to the kindergarten "class", correct?!
-Megan Wohlwend

Holly said...

Wow, Jean! Inspiring!!!

Marie&Elli said...

I am so glad you are figuring out where all the kids go. I feel the same way with Erin, she could go to college too, it will just take her longer because of the language, but she will get there

susan nichols said...

If you dont mind me asking... what video program is Sarah doing this year? I am looking for a good one for one of my children. Great post!

. said...

Hi Jean,

I love reading your blog. You have an awesome family! Thanks for sharing honestly about what works for you.


PS. I did ABeka video school in middle school. It gave me a great foundation for high school and college. Good choice of curriculum:)

Sarah said...

Wonderful! I love how you make it all work.