It’s Student Week!

08.15.2011 | 2:06 pm | Homeschooling

The HOTM (Not) Back to School Blog Hop is still going. Last week was Schoolroom Week (thanks to all who stopped by to look and leave a comment for us!), and now this week is Student Photo Week! Here are my students and a little about them.

I’ll start with the youngest, D (on the right, up front).

D is three years old but will turn four next month. He’s a complete mess, as you can probably tell. He has a silly streak that’s fairly new, as he’s always been our serious fellow. And he still is very “old soul” most of the time. He’s all boy, rough and fearless in all his play. He’s strong-willed like no child I’ve ever known— we’ve had some power battles with him you probably wouldn’t believe! But oh, how I love him. We had a rought start, he & I, as I had a hard time bonding with him until he was much older (long story). Now, it’s as if all the love has come flowing out of me for him at full volume, overflowing and spilling out daily. I’m crazy about this boy, I cherish his place as my “baby”, and I find it very hard to tell him “no” (but I do when necessary). He gets a lot of spoiling as the baby of the family, by all of us.

D is just starting out as an official student this year. He knows his alphabet, can count to 20, and knows all the basic colors and shapes. I’ve done a little work with him, but he learned most of it from just living life or from his big brother.
We’re going to be doing preschool work, learning all the letter sounds and how to write them, as well as all the other typical preschool things— but letter sounds and writing are at the top of my priority list for him.

My oldest student is G (on the left). You’ll have to look past the ham who stuck his face in front of the camera at the last second. ;)

G is seven & a half years old and is doing 3rd grade this year. He’s my sensitive, sweet boy. There’s not a mean or even a rough bone in his body. He’s insatiably curious and intellectual, and prefers academia to any kind of sport or roughhousing. He loves nature (particularly birds) and being outside exploring. I kind of regret not going the Charlotte Mason route with him, because it fits him perfectly. But it’s not too late to start, and he’s already led us in a CM direction on his own, anyway. I’m researching and considering how to do CM, while still giving him a rock-solid traditional education in math & grammar.
This year we’re doing math (Abeka), language (R&S), history (MOH), science (Apologia), writing (WWE), and learning cursive (ARFH). He’s a pleasure to teach because he loves learning and picks everything up very easily.

We’ve been doing school “lite” for a couple of weeks now, and this week we’re diving into a fulltime load. I’m looking forward to having them both at the table with me this year— with bare feet, of course! ;)

Check out all the other students on showcase this week at The Heart of the Matter Online’s (Not) Back-To-School Blog Hop’s Student Photo Week:

Not Back to School Blog Hop


  1. Thanks Cam, for your vivid description of both boys, and the pictures. You are a great teacher and I am very proud of you! One day Grayson & Desmond will realize how lucky they were to be homeschooled with you as their teacher. Tell Grayson that I love his green neon shoes; and tell Desmond that he is a “rascal”!

    Comment by Janice | 08.16.2011 | 11:57 am

  2. Great shots filled with so much personality =)

    Comment by Crisc | 08.17.2011 | 2:22 pm

  3. What fun pics! Have a great year!

    Comment by Denise | 08.17.2011 | 3:49 pm

  4. I love how different they are.
    And those green tennis shoes are AWESOME!
    I’m just sayin!

    Comment by em | 08.17.2011 | 4:18 pm

  5. Okay, love the green converse & kiss tee! How fun. Have a great year!

    Comment by Abby | 08.17.2011 | 9:53 pm

  6. Thanks for the comment – we’re in Georgia – so pretty close to you!! :)

    Looks like you have a wonderful year planned with your guys … and I *love* the quote you have on your header. It’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately, and that quote summarizes it all quite well!

    Comment by Jessica Lynette | 08.21.2012 | 11:20 am

  7. Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed the quote. It’s perfect, I think!

    Ah, Georgia! :) I knew it had to be close.

    Comment by Cam | 08.22.2012 | 3:59 pm


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