School Pictures Over the Years

Twins at the beginning of their homeschool journey, 2003.

The twins at the beginning of their homeschool journey, 2003.

I knew I wanted to homeschool my kids from day one, and the twins started their first year of homeschool at 4. At that time there were not too many choices for curriculum, but I was lucky enough to stumble onto Tanglewood Homeschooling back in the day when she sold complete packages. I bought her first grade package and remember being so excited to receive it in the mail. It came with Story of the World which I had never heard of before, and I sat down with the kids our first day of school and began reading the book. To my amazement the kids were hooked from the very first page, and as they say, the rest was history.

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2004 – I took a picture of all three of them collecting pill bugs. I think this sums up their year fairly well.

Over the years I have tried to make a point of taking pictures of the kids at the beginning of each year to celebrate our new year. Some years I put a good deal of effort into their pictures, and some years I just took a quick shot and called it a day. I was thinking about the pictures I will take this school year, this year of high school and fifth grade, and I thought about how old the kids seem. In my maudlin moment I decided to look back at our pictures through the years, and I am so grateful that I have all these pics to remember our homeschool years.

The year they discovered Harry Potter.

2005 – The year they discovered Harry Potter.

I wanted to share these pictures, as it helps me feel good about our homeschool journey. Looking through them I am confident about the next years to come. I am not only confident, but I look forward to them. In a few days I hope to post this year’s photos to add to our collection. We may not have the typical school pictures that so many do, but we have are own “school” pics, and I am grateful for that.

2006 – This year I decided to take more formal pics.

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2006 – We incorporated are favorite homeschool book into our school pic.

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Decca's first workbook

Decca’s first workbook

2007 – Outdoor pics at the lake in Woodbridge

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3rd grade – Time for an outdoor pic

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Decca’s school pic at 4

2008 – I call this year the year of the chair.  😉

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4th Grade for the twins

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2009 – I thought it was such a big deal to have two kids in double digits (it was!), and I couldn’t believe Decca was six.

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This was also the year that we went to Disneyland for three nights for the Not Back to School Days. It was the best way to start a school year.

At Disneyland celebrating Not Back to School Days

At Disneyland celebrating Not Back to School Days

2010 brought another year. This time I had two sixth graders and a second grader. The twins started changing and began to look a little older. I decided to take a group photo this year.

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2011 – Autry started at OCHSA, but we still managed to get to Disneyland in September. We had fun with our school pictures this year.

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2012 – Back to more formal outdoor pictures

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