Yay! Yesterday was our last day of homeschool. This has been a good year. We stayed on track the whole time, even when the severe morning sickness hit. The only sad part? I cannot believe how quickly this year has flown by. Seems like just yesterday, it was September and we started the new school year.
Way back when I was a rookie homeschool mom to one eager little preschooler, I told a (very seasoned) homeschool mom and friend that my plan was to always homeschool year-round. After all, no working adult gets the whole summer off, and idle kids have a way of getting into mischief. She didn't laugh out loud at me, but I'm guessing inside she was laughing. Summer breaks are for mom as much as they are for the kids! I couldn't imagine NOT having one.
We all need time to step back, evaluate areas that need improvement, look for new and interesting curriculum choices, find a new schedule, plan field trips - and just plain do nothing at all and let the kids run wild. My only requirement for the summer will be that the boys still observe "silent time" during the girls' nap each afternoon. Typically, they do a lot of reading during this time. For Miriam and Becky, I want to use all my extra time in the next couple of months to work with them on their reading, something they both enjoy.
Typically, we start back the day after Labor Day in September, but this year we may hold off until the middle of the month depending on when baby #7 makes his debut. The later we start, the later we finish, so we need to keep that in mind. We shall see.
Yesterday was a busy day, even though as far as school work went, we just finished up a few loose ends. The kids and I left the house before 7 am to pick apples at a friend's house. By 9 am, the temperature had risen above 90 degrees, my clue to call it a day. Throughout the day, with the older kids' help, we canned 10 quart jars of apple pie filling, and 8 quart jars of applesauce.
For a celebratory "dinner", we made individual apple pies a la mode. Really, I was just too tired to cook a big meal after having been in the kitchen canning most of the day. The kids, of course, were thrilled.
After that, I went swimming with all the kids. The water in the pool is finally warm enough for me (as in, it feels like bath water). They have been going in daily since early May, but this was only my second time this year.
Yay for summer!
I love how Annie covers her face in anticipation of the inevitable SPLASH
Yay for summer!