We finished our year’s worth of curriculum two weeks ago, and we have been enjoying our time off. We have always done an end-of-the-school-year party, but we have been delaying it this year so Farmer Boy can recover from mono (it’s a beeatch, I’m telling you, my friends. Over a month now!). If and when we manage to make that happen, I promise to write about and post pictures of it.
Cowgirl is practicing the speech she wrote about George Washington (she’s quite enamored with him, I must say). Shooter created a Keynote presentation about photography and is going to play a few songs on his coronet to show off what he has learned in band this year. Farmer Boy has a talk planned on the topic of…wait for it…drum roll…farming. This year he is discussing antique farm equipment.
In the mean time, we are kickin’ it home-school. Little Cowgirl is SO excited because I promised to teach her cursive in second grade. I didn’t realize that second grade began the Monday after first grade ended, but I was certainly mistaken.
Farmer Boy, despite the mono, has been able to continue with most of his phonics lessons. He is more than halfway through the program now, which we began after his initial dyslexia diagnosis. I am thankful every day for his tutor. She has become a member of our family and I love her so much. I can’t believe we were matched with someone who understands my son so well, is so invested in his success, and goes far beyond what could be expected of an instructor to help him.
Shooter is polishing off his second math book for the year. He will begin sixth grade a full year ahead in math and I’m going to let him complete it as quickly as possible and move onto the next book. We are trying a new program this year called Teaching Textbooks, which we are all excited about. We have loved Singapore Math but are ready for something different for the boys. Cowgirl will complete at least one more year with Singapore Math.
Shooter also has a few days of band left. He has asked for lessons over the summer, and I’m sending a note along with him today to inquire.
We typically like to end the school year with a BANG, but this year it just sort of fizzled out. Our Farmer Boy has been feeling so drained and everything finished at different rates – plus it’s been as hot as June all through May – so we kinda feel like it’s already been summer for a while. Eventually, when we are all healthy, we’ll be having our usual summer fun along with some new exciting adventures.
And yes, I’ll bore you all to tears giving you WAY too much information about all of it.
But for now, we are taking it easy, doing some slow-paced learning, and waiting for wheat harvest to ignite (My Farmer thinks this week).