|Our 18th, and final, field trip for the 2010-2011 school year. These young elephants|
were wrestling and it was very entertaining.
|Art project: color blending. This was a great way to see how secondary colors|
are created when primary colors are mixed together.
|A little "getting to know you" page from the portfolio. Not required, but totally counts|
as a writing sample, and I will love reading this 10 years from now.
I really feel like this is the first year when I figured a lot of things out. I decided that if I have to label myself, I would go with Charlotte Mason/unschooly-ish, with a tad of Classical thrown in. Well, and the field trips. We love a field trip. It sounds like an odd mix, but it works for us. The end of the year saw us doing more and more notebooking, and I am really looking forward to exploring that more next year. We were weak on music this year, so I need to think about how to fit that in. Will we study one composer a month? Will we just do a unit study? The state requires it, and besides, I LOVE music, and so do my kids.
As for what the kids have accomplished, they amaze me. They are such sponges, and it's awesome! I am very proud of them all. Scrappy's attitude has really changed and there was way less whining about doing school this year. He wants to play all day every day. Well, who doesn't. I remember mid-year when I was freaking out about his reading, and now he reads every day...for fun! Silly is more than ready for Kindergarten. Funny and Goofy have been reading a lot, too, especially Funny. It's not unusual to catch her with her nose in a book. Everyone has a little dream of what their homeschool might look like, and mine is just that--noses in books! It's so encouraging to see a glimpse of it every now and again.
Yep, I'm pretty content. We've had an amazing week. We went to the park, library, and zoo. We snuggled on the couch and read books. We watched many episodes of MythBusters and we all want to blow something up (still thinking about what). And besides the little tab dividers, the portfolio is done! Scrappy's evaluation is tomorrow, and then off to the district.
What will we do after that? Go to the pool! It's summer break, man!