Amy’s Awesome Back-to-School Lunch

I shared this picture over at the Facebook page, but it is so awesome I had to give it its own blog post.

Amy was sharing pictures of her kids’ first day of school, and they were so sweet, but I needed to see a close-up of the sandwich I noticed at the bottom of one of the pictures and I needed to see it IMMEDIATELY.

So Amy sent me this.


And then I fainted because it was so cute!!!

I want to go to Amy’s homeschool.

Yo, Amy! 1. Can you give us details on this sandwich? 2. What about the pencil? 3. Those are Cheeze-its right? With the letters on them? 4. Why are you so perfect and wonderful? 5. You carved that A+ in the apple by hand, didn’t you? Because you can whittle, too? 6. Can I live with you?

Our First Day – 2015

Did anyone else forget that I had a homeschool blog?

Because I sort of did.

In fact, I even unknowingly let the subscription on this site run out, and if it hadn’t been for a sweet reader who let me know, “Mrs. Gore’s Home Academy” might have wound up in the graveyard of maintained-no-more blogs.

However, just because my homeschool blog has suffered from lack of attention and care, our actual homeschool is still very much alive and kicking.

In fact, as Gideon is entering 3rd grade, Rebekah 1st grade, and Betsie Pre-K, I daresay our operation is growing more intense and structured than ever.

And when I say “more intense and structured”, what I mean is we’re REALLY trying to have school every day.




ANYHOW, as I was telling a friend this week, as my children grow older and the reality of their education grows more pressing, I am finally realizing that this homeschool gig is a truly full-time job and that I can’t just putter around and hope the kids absorb knowledge from the drywall.

I HAVE to dedicate my days, morning till night, to this endeavor. I have to make it a tippy-top priority in my life. I have to be faithful and dependable and hard-working, from the start of the year to its end.

And, so far — one week in, please hold your applause — that goal is being gloriously fulfilled.

We have new schedules, a new philosophy (we’ve gone off the curriculum grid, y’all! Yikes!), and a new structure, all of which I intend to tell you about…

but we all know I probably won’t and that, in a year, someone will message me and say “Did you know your homeschool blog is gone?…”

Sorry, in advance.

SO. We started our new school year on Monday last, and I thought you’d like to see 2015’s back-to-school party.

Another apology-in-advance: I did a filter on one picture and then the post didn’t look right until I put a filter on ALL the pictures. Can’t stop, won’t stop.

If you’re looking for a simple way to kick off a new school year, I can’t recommend this simple set-up enough. After the kids went to bed Sunday night, I set out all their new supplies and gifts, I set the table, and I wrote out our schedule for the day.

HOW I love setting up parties when the house is asleep…


Behind each child’s stack of goodies was a small cork board with their name on it. I love them because you can move them all over the place rather than having a big one nailed to the wall. (Find a link to these at the bottom of this post).

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Here’s Gideon’s stash!

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and here’s the whole set-up. In the giftbags was a small collection of new Fall clothes, because we all know that you can’t have a first day of school, homeschool or not, without having a fantastic new outfit.

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This annual back-to-school party, whether we celebrate it in the morning or afternoon, has become one of the highlights of our year!

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For breakfast, we had pancakes, bacon, and fruit.


You can find the milk carafes at Pottery Barn by clicking here.

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Here’s Rebekah, my snaggle-toothed first-grade girl.

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Gideon in third grade?! SAY IT AIN’T SO!!!

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Little Shep isn’t in school yet, but he is a big fan of breakfast.

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And here’s Betsie Fair, who ADORES school and asks to do it all the livelong day. Seriously. All. day.

“Look, Mom!” she squealed. “I made an “A” with my food!!!”

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Prayers for a good year! Ignore the little heathen at the end who keeps both his eyes AND his mouth opened during the prayer.

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Milk. Can’t have school without milk.


And now, because I love ya and because my brain is fried from organizing a WHOLE WEEK of homeschool, I’m going to stop captioning and let the pictures do the talking for a bit…

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After breaking the fast and clearing off the table, I passed out this year’s supplies. This is truly one of the greatest joys of my year – I LOVE SCHOOL STUFF!!


I have to admit, I was a little worried because I cut back a LOT this year – my goal is to read all of the books we already own instead of indulging in my usual fancy and buying boxes and boxes more – and I was afraid the kids would be disappointed.

Silly me.

It does not take much to make little ones happy. Why do we have such a hard time remembering that??


Betsie was, not surprisingly, so excited about this day. She kept running through the kitchen and peeking at all the goodies and shivering with her typical Betsie-ish anticipation.



Then there were the supplies we’ll all be sharing…new markers, new crayons, new stickers and pencils and glue. Our house smelled like a Kindergarten, which is really all I could ever ask for.


And I already shared this on Facebook, but this picture made me laugh.

I titled it “Crazy Dictionary Saleslady”.

“Hey, kidzies. Would you like to look at my dictionaries? I have more in my gingerbread house in the woods. It’s made of candy…”


And there you have it!

I’ll tell you tomorrow what the rest of our “first day” included. Spoiler alert: it was FUN.


Psst! Here’s a link to the penmanship poster we have on the wall. It’s so pretty! Click on the picture to find it:

And here are the cork tiles we have. Now that each child has one, I’m looking forward to experimenting with these.