It is 10 a.m. and I am sipping a cup of coffee and munching on a cookie. Ahhh. Lazy mornings of summer have arrived and I am so thankful. I think I need the break from homeschooling as much or more than the kiddos do, but I am glad to report that I am not in a place of desperation. This has been a great year of homeschooling and I think for the first time I have loved it. It has only taken me five years to hit a stride – a place where the kids are thriving and so am I.
I have begun planning for next year….ordering curriculum and prepping to school four kiddos (yikes!) Before I can turn to much attention to our next season of school, I want to recap how far the kiddos have come.
Soccer Dude: my 6th grade graduate!
Favorite subject: “If I had to choose something besides reading, I guess it would be math.” (We are loving Teaching Textbooks around here! He still reads so much that it is difficult keeping him supplied in books. Praise God for the Kindle!)
Most improved: His Chinese skills have blown me away. He can sit down and read entire paragraphs of Chinese characters putting me to shame. He has his daddy’s aptitude for languages.
Hobbies: training his pet birds, learning computer coding
This summer I would like to: go fishing
Roo: my 4th grade graduate!
Favorite subject: art and music
Most improved: She has fallen in love with reading this year! What a joy to find her hiding in a fort finishing up the last chapter of a book! Her favorite book is”From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” She mostly likes reading on the Kindle….”because you can read a long chapter book and not even know it. On the Kindle you don’t see how thick and scary a book might seem.”
What I want to do this summer: learn to play the piano
What do you want to be when you grow up: a hair dresser just like Nana used to be. (The girl knows I need help with haircuts!)
Little Monkey: my 1st grade graduate!
Favorite subject: Everything!
Favorite food: rice
Most improved: She went from sounding out letters to reading chapter books! (I must admit that homeschooling 1st grade is one of my favorites! It is so rewarding to teach a child to read!) Her favorite books are Henry and Mudge.
What I want to do this summer: eat at Chick-fil-A and go to a water park.
What do you want to be when you grow up: a gymnasts and ballerina who plays the flute.
Little Man: is graduating to a larger prosthetic leg!
Favorite subject: Disney planes, coloring and reading Cars books
Most improved: He is coloring in the lines, is a verbal dude who now can ride a tricycle without his prosthetic being strapped to the peddle.
What he wants to do this summer: eat ice cream and go for wagon rides.
What do you want to be when you grow up: “I don’t want to be big. I will always be your baby.” (No I didn’t prompt him to say that. Yes, it made me cry a little and he will now get double dessert!)