An Inside Look Into Our Big Crazy Adoptive Family!
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
We've been sending the kids to the OPTIONS program since 2007. Danya tried a different one the year before she turned 7, but we've been doing Options ever since. The kids really like the opportunity to enjoy a school like environment and meet other homeschooled kids each week. They also like choosing their own classes and knowing that the homework is usually minimal, at least for the younger grades.
This year Shane and Kevin are taking the first grade classes again. Last year, we let Kevin skip over the Kindergarten stuff for the most part because he would have been bored stiff. Shane, on the other hand, really needs this extra year to strengthen his grasp on reading. With a late birthday (July 30th) I don't think it will hurt him any to redo this year, but it will help a lot since his auditory processing disorder makes grasping words, both written and spoken, very difficult for him. They like their new classroom (the school moved to a new location) and love their teacher who is the same one from last year. Mrs. Hall is very good with both of them. Kevin is already much more mature this year and handling the school environment better. I think it's really good for them to experience listening to and learning from teachers other than me. I'm helping out a bit in the classroom now and then, too.
The "lock down drill" was interesting. We all had to hide in one large bathroom. Apparently, it wasn't really a drill, either. The police were up on the hill doing some sort of training exercise, which frightened a teacher and sent everyone into lock down mode.
Danya and Gloria are very excited about their drama class this year. They are both trying out for parts in Beauty and the Beast. They had to perform a monologue and a song from any musical or Disney movie. Gloria chose the scene from Tangled when Rapunzel first leaves the tower and then she sang Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid. Danya did a Hilary Duff monologue from A Cinderella Story and sang a song from Aladdin.
I'm a 39 year old Christian mom of 10 kids. I have six girls; Danya age 17, Gloria age 15, Jordan age 15, Brianna age 14, Katie age 8, and our other 8 year old Karyie. My four sons include Michael age 14, Shane age 13, Kevin age 11, and Ryker age 2. I also was a foster mom for about 5 years. In 2009 we adopted two of the 33 kids we've fostered. In April 2012 we adopted three more! I've been happily married to the love of my life, Daniel, for 21 years!
For privacy reasons we cannot post identifying pictures of foster children. That's why their faces are covered or only the backs of their heads are shown. We also give them nicknames to protect their privacy.
The Mini Homeschoolers
Danya and Gloria are "The Mini Homeschoolers" in a series of YouTube videos where they answer questions about homeschooling from a younger perspective. These videos are based on the ones created by two funny homeschooled young men called "Ask the Homeschoolers".
Watch the videos here: The Mini Homeschoolers