There has been so little summer schooling going on around here, much less than I thought there would be. Today we had a rare free afternoon at home, so I decided to take advantage of it. Grace, Christopher, and I read a chapter of The Great and Terrible Quest, Grace read some of her biology text (just half a chapter to go!), James and I read some of Swift Rivers, and Rose and I read from one of her summer readers. She and I also worked on The Ordinary Parents’ Guide to Teaching Reading – today she was feeling ambitious about it so we did five lessons in one sitting! We are up to about Lesson 172 now and she is really catching on and reading with a fluency and ease that is new to her, which is so very exciting.
We have a much needed vacation coming up in just a few days, and my plan is to push through and finish up our Book Shark Cores before then. James and I are nearing the end of our week 35 reading and Grace, Christopher, and I are just two chapters away from finishing up. Of course, I would have preferred to have finished everything neatly in June, but it just wasn’t to be this year. And this year, I am really trying to be better about finishing things. In years past, we often stopped in June and just left the math or spelling or Core or whatever unfinished, but this year I committed to actually finishing most things, and it has been wonderful. There is so much gratification and accomplishment to be found on that last page. Not that it is all sunshine and roses to get the kids to finish something, but I can tell they are proud of themselves when they put that book down for the last time. They tell everyone about it at dinner. It’s a nice feeling!
Once we are back from our trip, one of my tasks will be to come up with a master planning list for next year. I planned out our curriculum in the spring, but I have not ordered everything we need, and I want to come up with a calendar and a 36 week plan. So, planning posts will be in the future, I am sure.
Hope your summer is going well and I’ll be back in a week or so!