Sunday, January 1, 2012
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
January….LOTS of snow. The kids had a great time playing in it.
February…We purchased a new to us car for Hubby to commute back & forth to work. Morgan was in Seussical the Musical.
March… Our van died. Maggie’s cat, Toffee, went missing.
April…Morgan turned 13! More wacky weather, we had a huge hail storm that did major damage to Hubby’s car and moderate damage to the house we lived in.
May…Melanie turned 4!
June…Maggie turned 11!
July…We found out about virtual school and applied, then spent most of the month waiting anxiously for approval. Marissa & Melanie got their ears pierced. Marissa lost her top front teeth.
August… Marissa turned 6! School started
September… We found Toffee! and started packing to move. We visited the Knoxville Zoo, the Chattanooga Aquarium and the Nashville zoo on field trips for virtual school.
October… We moved to a much bigger house.
December…Winterland of Gingerbread
Friday, December 23, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The day before, we made our houses
Marissa made a schoolhouse & Melanie made the witch’s house from Hansel & Gretel. They were very proud of themselves.
Morgan made a replica of the house we live in
Maggie’s is a fancy cottage
We are already looking forward to next year’s Winterland of Gingerbread Event!
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
In early July, I saw an article in the local paper and it was a complete answer to my prayers! That very night, I applied online. The next day, I scanned and e-mailed all of our supporting documents. I expected the process to go quickly since it was all online. Unfortunately, it took over 3 weeks of e-mailing, calling and faxing before the kids were FINALLY approved. During this time, I was terrified that they would be denied for some reason or that the school would run out of slots. I tried looking into other programs during the wait, just in case, but Tennessee Virtual Academy was EVERYTHING that I wanted for my children's education. The day we got the news of our approval, we had a little party.
On August 8th, the kids started school. Morgan is in 8th grade this year. He is very advanced in math, science, and language arts. He struggles with handwriting, coloring, drawing and just about anything else artistic. In the local school, his lack of artistic ability was severly impacting his grades. Maggie is in 6th grade this year. She is advanced in language arts and science and usually does well in math concepts, but she does not know her multiplication tables. The local school taught her to count on her fingers in place of learning her multiplication facts several years ago and she has been "getting by" without truly learning them ever since. Marissa is in kindergarten this year, she has never gone to formal school before, but she already knows most of the kindergarten basics. Melanie is 4 and not formally attending TNVA, but she is enjoying working along side Marissa at most of the kindergarten curriculum.
There have been a few bumps along the way, but overall we are very pleased with virtual schooling. We have our first field trip this coming Thursday, the kids can't wait!