GBA opens for the 2008-2009 School Year

Douglas’ First Day of Kindergarten
September 2, 2008
4 Years Old
Teacher: Mrs. Crabtree

… Another wonderful year of Home Schooling started today! Today my “baby” started Kindergarten – and I didn’t even cry — that’s because, as usual we were all here at home! We are using the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne as a basis for all studies this year and the kids are very excited and involved in their learning.

The Bugs woke up excited as can be to a PILE of new school supplies on the table. We took pictures showing off the favorite new item.

Lauren’s Favorite new supply was a Pencil Sharpener


Megan’ Favorite was a ruled notebook


And Douglas’ favorite was the set of glitter glue – boy I’m in trouble with this one!

Since the bugs had not seen Mrs. Crabtree for a whole month they wanted sharing time:

Lauren, who is beginning the Second Grade, went to the playroom and gathered toy dinos and proceeded to tell everyone the Stegosaurus has a brain the size of a walnut – she was sorry she did not have an actual walnut so we could see – believe me she rattled off some fact or another for each dinosaur.

Megan, entering First Grade, went to her room an gathered “nature” items – lots of rocks, because the “Earth’s Crust is Rocks” (in case you were wondering!) You can see a rock painted as a chicken, a gift from one of our friends, and a flower sticker from Aunt Valerie – because “Flowers are nature”.

Douglas brought his shirt for Sharing because it is a dinosaur shirt and we are beginning this year with Dinosaurs.

Every morning, school starts with prayer and a call to Daddy, we mark his location on our wall map and then fill him in on all the happenings! Today Daddy gave the bugs each a “talking to” so they behave for Mrs. Crabtree.

Douglas points to today on our calendar… and gathers supplies to stuff in his back pack….

Here are the bugs hard at work in the classroom… notice the feet. I love home schooling! No need to buy new school shoes! (Don’t worry I didn’t actually save money – I just bought more crayons and markers, and pencils…)

We finished off our day with a Field Trip to Wendy’s for lunch and the Grocery Store for a lesson in Economics 🙂

It’s going to be a great year!

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Christy Gandara

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2 thoughts on “GBA opens for the 2008-2009 School Year”

  1. OMgoodness those bugs are growing up!!! Love your lesson plan! Those books rock. They were some of Bailee\’s favs. Logan learned to read with his fav comic book…what can I say…sometimes ya just gotta go with it! LOL Oh and btw…I secretly LOVE school supplies. I hoard them! tee hee

  2. Hi Gang,I can not believe how grown up the bugs look in these pictures. I am so proud of all of them, moving on up a grade! Good Idea on loosing the shoes! I think Doug is becoming more and more like you Christy, with that glitter glue, scrapbooking here he comes. Good luck! Well, I miss you you guys!

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