I love the first day of school. It's so full of promise and opportunity.
For now at least the kids will rise eagerly from their beds and ready themselves without much prodding from me.
I think Claire in particular will have the greatest year. Her class will start with Charlie and The Chocolate Factory but then they will dive head first into their medieval studies...a time in history that she became infatuated with over the summer. They'll read King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and one of my favorites, Robin Hood.
Abigail will be reading all kinds of church history and CS Lewis. She will also be reading another of my favorites, Beowulf. I want to read at least one of the kids books this year and since I've never read Dante's Inferno I think that will be on my list.
Sam will read Frankenstein (I read it with Sarah her ninth grade year) and Pride and Prejudice. I have admitted this before although I don't talk about it often (not something I find in common with many of my classical friends I guess) but I am not a huge fan of Jane Austen's work. However, I will read it this year with him, and maybe sit in on some of the lectures and discussions. Who knows, maybe my position will change?
Emily will have a big year. It has often be said that the junior year at Trinitas is one of the most difficult years. She will be reading another of my favorites, Canterbury's Tales, and I am looking forward to revisiting it. I may or may not read Romeo and Juliet too.
Sarah is already into her sophomore year of college and finishing up her prereqs for nursing school. I am going to bypass The Nature of Disease and read Something Wicked This Way Comes, one of her favorites.
Abby and Claire will both take part in the Medieval Feast in the spring and I hope to go with Emily to New York for the jr/sr aesthetic trip. And I've heard there are some exciting things in store for Sam and his biology class in particular.
It looks like the school year is shaping up to be busy but lots of fun!