We were coming out of the middle school after Daniel's band concert, and were walking across the parking lot toward our van. Elizabeth darted over and pulled open the sliding door of a van that was NOT OURS. I was like, "Uh, Elizabeth? That's not our van."
She said really loudly, "THAT WAS SO EMBARRASSING!!! I HOPE NO ONE SAW THAT!! DID ANYONE SEE THAT??? I AM SO EMBARRASSED!! I CAN'T BELIEVE I ALMOST GOT INTO THE WRONG VAN!!"
Probably no one would have noticed if she had just calmly walked away. Heh. She definitely keeps life interesting!
The kids set the table for dinner, and as we sat down, Daniel said, "Oh, I forgot napkins!" Rebecca said, "We don't need napkins!" I said, "Yes, a proper table should always be set with napkins." Rebecca asked why. I explained, "Because we're civilized." She said with contempt, "We are NOT CIVILIZED!!"
Daniel's 5th grade music program was tonight. One of the songs they sang was "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi. They introduced the song, and then a few kids came out in '80s clothes with guitars and one even had a big hair band wig on. I looked over at Rebecca, and she looked absolutely horrified. I asked, "What's wrong?" She said, "THAT is NOT what it looks like when you're living on a prairie."
Today, I at least LOOK like a true homeschooling mom. Rebecca and I made marbled paper, and my hands are covered in purple and yellow oil paint stains. ;) It was a messy endeavor, but it turned out really cool! I think paint-stained hands have to give me some street cred.
I am so proud of Elizabeth. She is tackling her work without complaint, and even enduring a high school level science class - with high school level expectations - and doing great! She's also making a concerted effort to GET and STAY organized! My heart is beaming!
This coming school year, I'm homeschooling both girls. Daniel will still go to public school, where he is thriving. Rebecca thrived last year with homeschooling. And Elizabeth wants the opportunity to dig deeper into some biology (dissection, especially), and writing. Unfortunately for her, there will also be math and other necessary subjects. ;) But we'll try to make up for it with the coolest biology program ever! It includes a wide range of subjects to dissect, and she'll get to dissect something every week. It's a dream come true for Elizabeth! It's a high school level biology course, and it's very "self-lead" within the parameters. So if she finds herself super interested in, say, cardiovascular systems, she can spend more time on that!
She'll also be doing an online writing program. The syllabus includes such topics as "Alien Description Essay" and "Unlikely Friends" (which you just KNOW is going to turn into essay about a friendship between two bizarre life forms - or one girl named Elizabeth and a dragon or something like that).
Rebecca and I will be focusing on her writing - both handwriting composition skills. She'll also have math and assorted other less fun subjects.
I realized tonight that I am really getting excited to have them both home next year!