Friday, May 16, 2008

End of the Year

Well, that's it. Summer vacation starts today. The boys worked hard this week to get all their work done so that we wouldn't have to do work next week. It'll be nice to have a week off while we're here.

Of course, summer vacation is relative. Since I didn't bring their history book with us, we'll be doing history and science this summer. That's okay because we all enjoy history and science. We'll also be doing one math lesson each week to keep our foot in it. The boys have agreed that this is a better plan than being frustrated when our official school year starts again. Dominic will continue phonics practice this summer. It'll be a relaxed schedule with not much work each week. We're looking forward to an extended period of relaxation. I think I'm looking forward to it even more than they are. Sometimes, it is difficult to maintain the level of enthusiasm needed to help them keep their enthusiasm up.

Summer vacation plans:

Camp
Swim
Play
Paint
Move School Room
Build Tree House
Camp
Swim
Play

And, for me, develop Lessson plan and schedule for next year. Since this is something I really enjoy doing, I'm very excited about it!

So, this is the end of our first year homeschooling. It has been quite a year. There have been times when I wanted to take the kids down and enroll them in school this instant. For the most part, it's been great. We've enjoyed being together. There will always be frustrations and difficulties in parenting and childhood. Homeschooling doesn't change that. In fact, adding the duty of teacher is probably a catalist to a relationship. For us, it's been a catalist in the right direction. It has provided us a way to connect that we didn't have before. I'm excited about next year. I can't wait to start studying knights!

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