For the first time in almost 18 months, I dropped Moose off at school this morning!
Even though he’s a sophomore (I can’t believe it!), this is his first year in the high school building. It’s a strange way to experience the (continued) transition to high school, but I’m sure he’s up to the task, and he’s already excited about some of the things he’ll get to do this year!
Just like that, our 14th year of homeschooling has begun!
Ironically, while the roster of my homeschool has changed dramatically, with Turkey and Bunny starting college next week, and Moose returning to in-person learning later this week after almost 18 months of distance learning here at home, the school room looks pretty much the same as it did last year…this may be the least it has ever changed between school years!
It is pretty strange having only two students, though!
The number of students may have changed, but our traditions didn’t:
And we did have a few guests, which made things feel a little more normal:
I wanted to make our first day of school extra special, so we made lemon-poppyseed waffles and lemon-blueberry sauce for lunch:
And of course we built a Lego set…this time, the Taj Mahal:
Our “Farewell to Summer” dinner had a local theme, so I decided to also go with a theme for our “First Day of School” dinner…Chicago-style hot dogs and Portillo’s chocolate cake for a Windy City theme!
It was a very different first day of school in some ways, but there were also familiar moments, and it was nice to get started while everyone was still at home before they go their separate ways!
Just because our little homeschool is down to two students doesn’t mean we’d give up our favorite first day of school tradition! As it turns out, my college students (as well as Moose, who starts back to school in person later this week) mentioned to me that they hoped they’d still qualify, so I put together five schultüte just like I always do. In addition to the standard school supplies and candies, I added a Kirby pin to each, as well as a minifig from the Lego Looney Tunes collection:
It makes me happy that this tradition has become so well-loved that no one wanted to miss out!
I don’t always have photos taken of me with my students on the first or last day of school in any given year, but as it turns out, I did have a photo of Turkey, Bunny, and I from our very first day of homeschooling way back in September 2008, and I made sure to take another today to commemorate Turkey’s and Bunny’s high school graduation.
I guess the experiment we decided to try for one year turned out ok!