Aug 20, 2016

Back To School Pictures

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We will start our new year on Monday, so we took some time this week to go to our favorite nature place and take pictures.

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My oldest student is Kaytie. She is 13 and in 8th grade this year. She is collecting some high school credits, though. Her favorite school subjects are art, writing and literature

She is a quiet, thoughtful, rule-keeper. She can be trusted to get the job done as long as you aren't asking her to sleep, because she doesn't do much of that. Her favorite ways to spend a day are: reading, writing, and hanging around her friends. She is writing a lot of fan fiction for the Marvel Universe as well as some characters in a superhero universe that she, Nate, and her friends made up.

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Her more active interests are playing soccer, riding bikes, wrestling with her siblings, climbing trees, playing with the puppies and jumping on our trampoline.

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She also enjoys playing on the piano and creating art. She loves to draw, paint, sew, and sculpt. These days she is usually drawing cartoons to go with her superhero stories.

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Her hopes for the future include publishing her stories, being a missionary to children in South America, and sharing the love of God wherever she goes.

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Here's to a fun, busy, and successful year, Kaytie!!!

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Nate is next. He is 12 and in 7th grade. He is earning a high school credit this year, too. His favorite school subjects are science and computer coding.

He is a smart, funny, problem solver. He does not follow rules. He believes they are for people who can't figure out how to behave on their own. Since he, naturally, is wise and brilliant, he doesn't need those silly old rules, thank you very much. I have spent most of his life trying to convince him otherwise. Without much success.

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Nate's main interest is technology. He loves computers, electronics and all things that require the pushing of buttons. He also loves to read, to obsess over his current interests, to think, and to talk.

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His outside interests include soccer, puppies, bikes, climbing trees, fishing, and observing nature, particularly insects and birds. 

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His plans for the future include working with computers (hopefully Google), making a lot of money, having a lot of kids, and investing in his family.

Here's to a successful, learning-filled, exciting year, Nate!

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Daniel is my third student. He is 10 and in 5th grade. His favorite school subjects are art and math.

He is my sensitive little thinker. He loves to design, to build, and, because he is 100% little boy, to destroy in the most dramatic way possible. He loves intensely, thinks hard, and is always, always, busy doing something.

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He spends his time building with Lego, taking apart dead electronics to recreate them in interesting ways, digging in the dirt, drawing, folding paper airplanes, and trying to talk me into letting him play with fire.

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His active interests are soccer, running, playing with Abbie and the puppies, wrestling, getting wet and/or dirty in the most creative ways possible, climbing trees, riding bikes, shooting Nerf guns and who even knows what else.

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His plans for the future include architecture, engineering, cooking, and lots of good eating!!!

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Here's to a great last year in elementary, Daniel! May you soar to great heights in all your learning adventures!

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And finally, there's Abbie. She is 9 and in 4th grade. Her favorite school subjects are art and science.

She is our twirling, sparkling, fierce little butterfly. She exudes sunshine and merriness until you rile her, and then watch out! She is a girly little tomboy, the kind of girl that pauses in the middle of painting her nails to pick up wild lizards. She adores fuzzy, cute animals of all kinds and has a super large soft spot for anything small and/or defenseless.

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She enjoys art, Barbies, reading easy chapter books, and playing quietly alone in her room.

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Her active interests are soccer, riding bikes, playing outside, jumping, wrestling with her siblings and the puppies, climbing trees, and getting very, very dirty.

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Her plans for the future include being a small animal veterinarian, and owning lots and lots of cuddly pets.

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Here's to a dazzling, sparkling, fun-filled year of lots of science experiments, Abbie!

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I'm very excited about this year!!! I'm expecting it to be our best year yet!

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