Things have been relatively quiet around here at Hope Is the Word, at least as far as homeschooling is concerned, because I’ve been too busy doing it to write about it. It happens. Things have been super busy and stressful–as they usually are this time of year–and I just haven’t had the energy to even keep up my Odds & Ends posts. To borrow a very apt metaphor, I’d compare our springtime homeschool (with a super chatty almost 4-year old and a cruising 14 month old) to making sausage–I could tell you what went into it, but if I did, you certainly wouldn’t want to do it. ;-)
You’d think I’d have this figured out by now. I mean, things fall apart every May. I
plan hope to go out with a bang, and instead we just fizzle out. The outdoors beckons, and I succumb. We’ve had picnic table school several times, and I’ve tried to corral Benny on a quilt under the maple tree while I read aloud quite a few times, too. One of my girls can disappear for hours at a time into the backyard, playing with her beloved seashells. Both girls have finally learned to ride their bikes (y’all, they’ve had at least three bicycles each, which is scandalous, but they’ve finally earned to ride!), so the bicycles beckon, too.
We haven’t finished one single curriculum piece this year. And do you know what? I’m okay with that. Really. Some pieces (like math) really aren’t meant to be done in a year. Most pieces we didn’t start at the beginning of the year. The only thing we’re really putting closure to this May is our memory work. I promised the girls a special something (as yet undetermined) if they both finished memorizing Colossians 3:1-17. They’re both close enough. We didn’t finish the introduction to the Declaration of Independence, but we all learned almost half of it. That’s a good start. The girls did a great job on their poetry and hymn memorization. (My Circle Time posts are here.)
My only real regret this year is how we dropped the ball on science. We did Apologia botany for a while (er, Steady Eddie did), but life got really hectic and it just fell off the list. The girls did read self-selected science books throughout the year. We took some pretty good trips–from Dauphin Island to lots of visits to the Huntsville Botanical Garden. I’m letting it go this year.
Tomorrow, summer break begins as of lunchtime. We have a few odds and ends to finish up in the morning, and then we’re calling it quits on the formal lessons for a month or two. We might play some math games here and there, and we’ll keep on reading independently and together, but we all need a break. Aside from piano lessons for one girl (her choice!), a volunteer job at the library, and interest-based 4-H activities, I’m looking forward to some rest. I have a list of housework a mile long, but even that sounds like a relaxing change of pace. One thing I’ve yet to achieve is the balance between tutoring my girls and keeping up with housework. It’s time to give our home some attention. That, and the swimming pool (as soon as the water warms up a bit).
Yippee! School’s out!