We are incredibly blessed to have Cora attending an amazing and unique Christian school where she will be in a traditional classroom for two full days each week and homeschooled the other three days a week. All of the homeschool material is school led , so our home days are an extension of what she is learning in class. What we love most is that this a school that doesn’t just focus on academics (which are excellent) but more importantly students are taught God’s Word and discipled by Christian teachers who love Jesus. While we want our children to be successful in life we want them to pursue a life of righteousness in Christ even more. Andy and I took notice of this school and how amazing their students were years ago before we even had our own kids. We always hoped that it would be something we could offer our children and by God’s amazing provision and a huge answer to prayer, Cora will be at Providence Community School this year!
Cora has been filled with both excitement and anxiety the past few days leading up to her first day. She would go from dancing around in her uniform to crying historically within minutes. This week started with an orientation on Tuesday from 9-12. So this was her first taste of her classroom, teacher, and class mates. I was so impressed with their vision, purpose, and the way they do things that all I could do was praise God for providing a way for us to be at this school.
Here is Cora in her room for the first time at Orientation!
After the first day of Orientation we were sent home with all of our homeschool supplies and curriculum and given a few things to help us get in the routine for our homeschool days. We worked while Dean napped and Jack was able to join in as well. The day went well and were able to finish all of our work without much trouble since it was pretty light. Here are a few shots of our first run through a homeschool day.
Here she is sleeping in her school uniform the night before her first full school day. She decided it would be one less thing for her to do in the morning considering big kids have to get up earlier than she would like.
I had to take a picture of the sneaky snail that hid in Cora’s lunch box for her first day of school. The sneaky snail is just a small toy, but throughout the summer it has become a pretty fun game around the house. We have been taking turns hiding the snail and seeing how long it takes to find him. He’s been popping up all over this summer. I laughed out loud one night when I was falling into bed and I saw that the kids had hid it under my pillow. I quickly moved it to Cora’s bed frame for a morning surprise and heard her laugh when she woke up. So, now you understand why I had to show that the sneaky snail joined in the fun of Cora’s first day. I have a feeling this is going to be a family game for years to come.
Fianaly Cora’s first official day had arrived and again she was a ball of emotions. You can see her smiling in the pictures below, but what you can’t see is her reaching for me and whining while being held by our old neighbor, Kelli Bennett. She was upset that I was leaving her in a school assembly with a ton of kids. Apparently she warmed up to the idea pretty quickly and left with her class and a smile. she even had Daddy (who just works upstairs in the same building) stop in for lunch.
I spent the day watching the clock (which seems oddly slower than normal) and tried to keep busy while I waited for her 2:45 pick up. Jack, Dean, and I ran to the store to find her a bigger back pack as the one she had was much too small once we saw how much material she’d be bringing back and forth from school. We couldn’t wait to hear all about her day and surprise her with a family date to the local Frozen Yogurt shop. She was all smiles and had even remembered some of the activities they did throughout the day to share with us. She was most excited to see some familiar faces like Mia, Becca, Miss Kelli, and Rosie. She also remembered that Mrs. Carter had haven them all Hershy’s hug candies, among other goodies with puns, to tell the kids that they could ask for a “hug” at any time. Cora said she remembered that offer and asked Mrs. Carter for a hug. So sweet!