I love the back-to-school season! I get so excited about all the big possibilities. I love the return to a settled routine. I love reconnecting with friends and trying new things in our homeschool. When we made the decision to educate our children at home, I wondered if we would miss out on the excitement and festivities associated with returning to the school year. What about school shopping and new school shoes and photos before jumping on the school bus? Would I regret giving up those things?
I quickly realized that the traditions of back-to-school are easily mirrored in homeschool life. We go back-to-school shopping, but we aren’t following a prescribed list. We get new shoes (Thanks, Grandma!), but we aren’t worried about having “the right” shoes based on peer pressure (at least not yet). And I love snapping first-day-of-school pictures and comparing them to previous years. Boy, these kids grow like weeds. Here’s a quick look at our start to school for 2018-2019: