open house

May 30, 2013

open houseopen houseopen houseopen houseThey homeschool, but the program we go through is so great because they get to go to school one day a week (with other homeschoolers) and they still get to experience normal school things like Open House! Ben had to work late that night and couldn’t get out of it, so it was a Bratcher girl night out and True and Brave were so proud to show me what they have been working on.

When we walked in, the secretary and director were saying hi to the babies and then proceeded to ask their names, which I’m pretty sure if you have two sisters at the school named Brave and True, you’re dying to know what the heck the parents named the other kids! I always think it’s hilarious to see people’s reactions to their names. We know people will either love it or hate it. It really doesn’t faze us because we know we gave them “unusual” names. We also pretty much thought about every possible way their names could be ridiculed, so when someone says, “True or false,” we internally just roll our eyes because been there, done that. Plus, Ruby is a “normal” name and I got ridiculed like crazy for it. The boys I grew up with manage to take my simple name and butcher it a little and made fun of me with it. So “unusual” name or not, kids will always find a way to make fun of it.

Anyhow, the school year is coming to an end in just one week. I’m so excited! The girls are excited! We’re all definitely ready for summer vacation, though we will still continue with cursive and math through the summer. There just won’t be that much pressure since we won’t have a teacher to report to (we have a credentialed teacher come monthly to check out the girls’ progress and my lesson plans). We finished our language and science book for the year a couple weeks ago, so we’re still trekking on with reading, writing, math, spelling, and history. Once this school year is over, I’ll be sure to do a post on what we used and my thoughts on it based on this year. If things get a little quiet here next week, it’s because we’re wrapping up school things. Once we’re done, we’ll be ready to play all day, every day. Okay, not really, but we will definitely be much more relaxed. Yippee!

11 comments on “open house”

  • lin says:

    all day errday. i’m ready to play. (11 more days)

  • gah, i love how True spells reading. adorable!

  • I love that you home school. I went to school for education {though I didn’t pursue it afterward} and I don’t like teaching in a classroom setting, but I LOVE the idea of teaching my own children. I hope that I have the means to do so when I have a family. It is such a blessing.

    xo Lisa
    Making Life’s Lemons

  • Kelly Rae says:

    I’m so fascinated by homeschooling. How did you find the program which involves one day of school? I’m really keen to homeschool our daughter who is 11 months now. I just have no idea how to get into it.

  • Cristina says:

    Love all the names and the girls are so cute !! Not sure if I have commented on here before but my daughters name is Symphony and my sons is Silas, and when she used to cry people would always say ” she sure is giving you a symphony” har har! Or they would say what are you calling her for a nick name Symp? As in simpleton … We call her Symphy and everyone is extremely glad we called her that and say it fits her regardless of their first opinion. Any who I love what you named them and watching you be a cool/good mom!!!!

  • juliemara says:

    your kids are so cute! I love seeing there little faces each morning.

  • Having a co-op or homeschool support like that is so great! So many benefits. And I have to say- I’m so fascinated about the aspect of having a credentialed teacher come in to evaluate once a month. I feel like that would totally overwhelm me!

  • Amelie. says:

    Uncommon names are the best type of names, who cares what other people say. I have always loved your kids names! So original and full of meaning.

  • Kelli Murray says:

    You’re such a super mom! I love hearing about how you homeschool your kids! And I also LOVE your their names 🙂

    xo Kelli

  • ira lee says:

    i love brave’s shoes. what is she going to do when she outgrows them??? i seem to always look for those spidey shoes and there they are- in almost every photo!!!!! lol those girls are so pretty- i just smile everyday when i stop by!
    plus- weird names are totally cool!

  • Erin says:

    Hey Ruby-
    My Mom’s name is Jewel- all her life people have gotten it wrong (Julie or Jules) but she wouldn’t change it for the world. I love different names.!!
    Have you heard of
    it’s an e-mail you get daily of a math problem with variations for different ages. I use it with my kids- the idea is to normalize doing math in your head by doing it daily- along with the usual bedtime story. I like it alot and my kids are liking it too. check it out

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