The past week has been a surprisingly exhausting one around our house, and I am currently enjoying a rare "late morning" (it's about 7:30 am) by myself -- giving me a minute to address my much-neglected space here.
We finished our school year officially last Friday. The time went by so quickly that I never even updated In My Backyard to reflect a single thing we've done for the entire quarter! It was a rich and full 9 weeks, however, and I hope to post on what we were doing and how it will affect the direction we'll be taking in the upcoming school year.
One "new thing" we did this last quarter was give Junie B. the experience of taking a standardized test -- through another homeschooling group, she was able to participate with about 10 other families in taking the IOWA. For the most part, she creamed it. Even her spelling subtest scored three grades above level (I had no idea 6th graders were such poor spellers; but I digress). The areas in which she had the most difficulty were those related to formal writing, which we've heretofore (deliberately) addressed very little (and her scores were solidly on grade level for those, even for that). As my husband says, I worry way too much about all this stuff.
I have a number of posts in the pipline, some of them percolating all month, including thoughts on where we'll go from here in terms of curriculum, and how we'll make it happen for the little individuals that actually live here :) . I'm almost set on what we'll be doing, actually, and the post I started at the beginning of the month, intended to be part of a series, may already be outdated; but I may post my thoughts anyway, since these decisions are all about process.
I also have posts -- mostly just in need of pictures -- about our doings in the month of May, including a sweet May Crowning and Marian-themed dinner on the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, a hilltop Ascension Day picnic, a trip with Daddy to the zoo, and the exhausting but really fun planting of our much-anticipated vegetable garden. (And I'll have to update that with a post on how much I hate grackles, who may have already destroyed our butternut squash and tomato plants ...) We made cute garden markers out of popsicle sticks and clip art, and will soon be adding a scarecrow , too (for fun; somehow I don't think the grackles will be impressed).
And I have plans for the summer, too! We won't "count it" toward our 180 days, but I'm looking forward to trying out a summer "Writer's Workshop" with Junie B, based on the Writing Strands series. It will be light and fun, and I hope it will lay the foundation for beginning to focus on writing in earnest next school year. Beyond that, I hope to get the house in order, reorganize our books and other resources, and spend oodles of time outdoors. I know our school year just ended, but I also am looking forward to starting to purchase resources, too. I get pretty excited when our new book orders start rolling in! :)
And our sweet Step 2 will be graduating from high school this month (as the Valedictorian! Did I mention she's the Valedictorian?) :) Oh, that's bittersweet. With both of the big girls gone, our home will seem very different. Smaller, for starters. Thursday will be her (and probably our) last concert at the High School. It feels very strange to be losing that connection to the school and the community that the older girls' public school education represented. And I must say I am very surprised by my melancholy reaction to it.
June is also a huge birthday month around here -- Wednesday my little toothless Taz turns 6 (gack! 6!!), followed by Step 2's 18th (gack, again!) birthday on the 16th, then Fathers' Day (of course!), and The Chief's (appropriately mature, non-gacky) birthday on the 28th. My sister's son will be getting married on June 19th (the first wedding of his generation from our entire huge extended family!), and Step 2's graduation will be on the 26th. What a month!!! It won't end there, either: 4th of July weekend is my dad's annual family reunion -- a family tradition extending all the way back to the days of WWII. Then Step 2 begins getting ready in earnest to leave for college.
Bittersweet. Melancholy. Fun! And busy, busy, busy.
On top of all that, we're seriously considering moving.
So if the day ever comes that I get another unexpected break like this, I may just share a little but about all of it.
But now it's 8:00, the kids are waking up, and break-time's over.