Let’s Wrap Up the Last Week of School!

Woot! Woot!  We are done-officially anyway with school for 2018/2019!  Last week was slow and fun.  ( I know that I am writing this at the end of the next week, but our last official week of school was last week.). Parks and Sawyer broke out the paints.  We looked through photos depicting moments in US History.  Sims and Sawyer went to their final science lab classes.  Sims finished his geometry class.  We did one last hike with our 4H group.

Now on to summer!  And what would summer be in a homeschooling household without some good old fashioned educational activities (insert child moans)?  We started our summer off hatching chickens.  We are city folk here so this was a totally new experience.  We learned about eggs and the embryonic development of the chickens.  We learned how to “see” them develop through the eggs by holding a light up to the eggs.  We watched them hatch and grow quickly!  I also got a subscription to MEL chemistry kits for the summer.  The first one already came in.  I got it for all of the kids, but Parks jumped on it.  He LOVED it.  Other than that, we will continue with some reading throughout the summer!  I will write a post wrapping up the year with everyone’s classes and such at a later time.  Until then-Happy Summer!

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Weekly Wrap Up

We are seriously counting down the days now.  We are finishing up our math books.  Writing classes are complete.  We are reading a book on World War I right now which we should finish up in the next two weeks.  Hands on biology is happening all around us.  Our monarch caterpillars are growing like crazy.  We have chicken eggs in an incubator that should hatch in the next couple of weeks.  We went on a field trip to an educational forest where we saw a beaver dam and pond, forest progression, and learned about forest ecology.  We went hiking where we saw wasp eggs (at least we think that is what they are), spider nests wrapped up in ferns, turtles, and lots of beautiful plants.  Oh, I almost forgot.  We also rehomed to our house two black racers.  Our friends did not want them to stay at their houses, so we boxed them up and released them in our yard!

Weekly Wrap Up

Spring is here!  We are loving the weather.  Things are winding down Sawyer and Parks had their last writing class on Tuesday.  Parks had to present his research paper on the history of snowboarding.

Wednesday, we headed on a hike to Boone’s Cave.  We saw lots of critters and beautiful flowers.  Later in the afternoon, a friend of mine came over to bring me some milkweed plants.  We decided to run down to Latta Plantation to check on our butterfly garden that we planted there a few years ago.  While we were there, we found some monarch eggs! Let the fun begin!

We ended the week with our end of year testing, planning for the summer and the end of Sims’s second Brave Writer Class-Essay Prep for the Research Paper.  This class was tough.  There was a lot more work than in the Dynamic Thinking class.  I think he would have benefitted from another two weeks of the class.  He learned a lot, and I think he needed more time to process all of the information inorder to properly complete the paper intended.  We are learning!  Now we are off to play on the lake.

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Spring Break Wrap Up

The last two weeks flew by!  We didn’t go anywhere.  We didn’t do anything crazy.  We just hung out at home, swam in the lake, enjoyed the lake, and celebrated life!  We started the break off with Sims’s birthday and ended it with a concert!  Over all, we had a  terrific two weeks.  The pictures show it all!

Weekly Wrap Up

I’m a little late wrapping up last week. We had a pretty busy week. Luckily, the dogwoods around us are beautiful and remind us to slow down and notice the world around us!

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary on Monday complete with an amazing ice cream cake made by the kids.

Wednesday, the kids had their presentations for entrepreneurship. They each had to present an idea or store to the “sharks.” They did an excellent job.

We wrapped up the week playing cornhole at a local senior living center. We got spanked!

Saturday, Sims and Sawyer competed in a climbing competition.

Another Year Older

We had a special celebration on Monday, Sims’s 16th birthday!  He celebrated by going out on the jet ski in the cold, cold water-amazingly, that cold water never seems to deter him from playing- and heading to climbing practice.  Each year, I cannot believe how much he has matured and grown up.  I am seriously ready for it to slow down!  He had so many new adventures during his 15th year.  He got to climb in many new states on new types of rock.  He has made some great new friends.  He has been a terrific big brother.  He built his own climbing wall. He loves being on the water, outdoors, or on a rock wall! Happy Birthday Sims!

Weekly Wrap Up

A totally fun week!

Monday and Tuesday were pretty typical.  Although on Tuesday while Sawyer and I were feeding the kitties that she is caring for, we spoke with a man who was in WWII.  He is documenting his experiences and his friends’ experiences in the war.  He let us borrow his books which are an awesome addition to our US History class!!

Wednesday, Sims and  headed to our local community college to meet with the admissions person to learn about taking classes there next year.  Evidently, you have to apply in early February to take classes in the FALL!  I guess we are a but behind.  He can definitely take classes in the spring next year though.  Wednesday night, another homeschooling mom and her daughter came to art club to teach soft pastels. We had a blast learning how to blend and play with the pastels.

 

Then Friday evening, Parks went and tried out speed skating with a friend.  It was pretty neat (and tiring!).