The Rainbow House of Learning is back in session. After the Not-Back-To-School party for homeschoolers on Wednesday, we ate the traditional beginning-of-the-year doughnuts on Thursday a little after 8 a.m. – and two hours after the students in the public high schools had to start catching their buses. Crazy.

Here are the students on the first day of school.

(As one of our friends pointed out, you can be barefoot at school, if you like.)

It’s been a busy week. In addition to the party on Wednesday, there was a field trip to the DuPage Children’s Museum today (pics below!) and a trip to the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie scheduled for tomorrow. (Gasp! On a Saturday! Don’t tell the students that they’re going to school on the weekends!)

Not all of the school work involves trips. During more routine times, they’ve started studying art and art history and the Jewish diaspora and the Mongol empire; reading a new book (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon) for book club (which is a group of homeschooled girls getting together to discuss literature); expanding their numerical literacy by learning numbers to one million, one thousand, or twenty (as appropriate for their age) and by learning to count money; working on writing or spelling; exploring the fifty states; and continuing music lessons (piano or violin). (Links are to the curricula used at the Rainbow House.)

And they made a mosaic!