A Tale of Ten Homeschoolers- Our Last Week!! (Sort of)

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Well…the time has come. Our last week of school before an 8-week summer break. (Sort of.) Technically, it’s not my last week because my teens actually have two weeks of school to go, but since I spend the most time on my younger kids’ activities, and they are finished, it seems like my last week, too.

I don’t really know how I feel about this. I know the title of this post gives the impression of excitement, but eight weeks is a loooong time. I know that many homeschooling parents are usually jumping for joy by this point, but I honestly look forward to doing school with my kids everyday. I really do.

One thing that will help with this at least a little bit is that I will still be doing about 5-10 minutes of math everyday with my non-teenagers because their new workbooks for next year are a little harder than they’re used to, so we’ve got some ground to cover. They did some complaining about it at first, but after I explained my reasoning, they were okay with it, and, honestly, how much is ten minutes out of an entire day?

Believe it or not, this week, I had one child at the dentist again- this time for a filling. Thankfully, we are now done until November, unless you count a July appointment at the orthodontist. Sigh.

This week has been a little more exciting than the last few, with various appointments and attending our very first homeschool group.🙂 Seven years of homeschooling, and this is the first time I’ve ever gotten together with other homeschooling moms. Ever.

It was so exciting to actually talk about something I’m so passionate about with other people who feel the same way. The only time I get to “talk shop” any other time is here on this blog, so you can probably blame the abundance of posts in your emails or newsfeed on the fact that you’ve been my “online homeschool group” all this time. So thank you for reading and interacting with me. It means more than you know.😀

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Oh, I almost forgot…one really cool thing that happened this week was that the author of a book that I just reviewed mentioned me in a tweet.

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As you can see, I took a screenshot of it…and I may have told my kids that I was famous…

I do highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a good laugh. It truly was the funniest book I’ve ever read. Enough about me. Now, on with the show!

The Littles

We spent some more time on Madeline and used the illustrations to learn about symmetry. We also used our Shopkins as stand-ins for the “twelve little girls in two straight lines” and explored all of the different groupings of twelve. Whenever I involve my kids’ Shopkins, I know they’ll be paying attention! We also discussed personal hygiene  and eating right, and how they can prevent illnesses like colds and the flu.

Other than Madeline, the biggest hit with my littles this week was a picture book called Except if…. For such a short, simple book, it had my kids cracking up almost the entire time I was reading it. Anything that can get my wiggly worms to sit still for story time is worth a mention on my blog!

 

The Big Kids

This week we finished up both Harry Potter and our research/reference unit. The kids alphabetized, typed up, and assembled their dictionaries, and we practiced using dictionary headings some more.

A friend who used to be a teacher at a Christian school and is now a homeschool evaluator stopped by at our house on Wednesday with two boxes filled with art supplies from her teaching days. My kids were absolutely thrilled and have spent the past two days crafting up all sorts of fun stuff. Now if only I knew where to put all this stuff…

The Teens

This week has been more of the same for the older kids. Dillon has still been spending a lot of time at the creek, and Arianna and Devin have still been spending the better part of their days in their room reading and watching Netflix.

Devin spent the day with Brendan, our oldest, again- this time browsing comic book stores. I love that they have so much in common and still spend so much time together.

Although my post reads “ten” homeschoolers, I do have eleven kids, but since Brendan is not homeschooling, I didn’t include him in the title. I would like to mention, though, that he had his college exams this week and scored a 96% on his sociology exam, so, yay for Brendan!🙂

Arianna had the ‘privilege’ of attending the homeschool group with me to help watch the children who were there. I gave her the day off of school for helping. Wasn’t that nice of me?? (For those of you who are new to my blog, you can read a detailed description of our daily routine right here.)

Well, that’s about it. I’m anxious to see what next week brings without the structure of our normal school routine. We shall see…

What have you been up to this week? Is your school year almost through?

 

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Author: Shelly Sangrey

I'm Shelly, a Christ-following, homeschooling Mom of eleven children ( okay, not ALL children. My oldest is 23.) I met my husband right after graduation, and we've been together ever since. Though my life can be hectic at times... okay, ALL the time, I wouldn't change it for anything.

18 thoughts on “A Tale of Ten Homeschoolers- Our Last Week!! (Sort of)”

  1. WOW nice to get a little pat on the back with the tweet 8) I can’t believe you just got together for the 1st time with another homeschool mom…wowza..you were due! Enjoy the weekend and huzzah to you remaining few weeks! (We school year round…)

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    1. Thank you! We technically do school year round. Our summer break this year is a bit longer than we’re used to. Usually, we school 6 weeks on, 1 week off, and then take 6 week breaks at Christmas and spring/summer. This year, for various reasons, our break stretched out, and I don’t know if I’m going to like it!

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  2. Hello! Found your blog on the Friendship Friday Linkup. I am the oldest of nine and a homeschool graduate – so I get the desire to keep working through the summer (never seems like there is enough time to complete all the subjects). We also did some math in the Summer growing up to keep things fresh. Thank you for sharing your week with us!
    —Charles

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  3. Wow! The first time in 7 years meeting up with other homeschooling moms; how exciting. We were so fortunate to hit the ground running with a variety of homeschooling families. We took an entire 8 weeks off last summer and I told the boys never again. I think we all missed the routine and I am all for just a bit of math and reading each day to skills sharp. They have agreed and so we’ll be doing our usual light summer schooling around activities and fun.

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    1. I think that’s what we’re going to do, too. We had already planned on a few minutes of math a day, but I’ve also just convinced them to read every day for the Barnes and Noble reading program. Free books are a great incentive!

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  4. I know what you mean. You can use this time to nurture your relationship with them in other ways. As a parent that works outside the home and homeschools, I never understand why some home educators have such a love/hate relationship with it. I love it and never had a moment where I consider sending my kids back to school. Maybe, because I appreciate the time I have with them more – time I didn’t have when I had them in a traditional school system. I usually do year around school. I didn’t last year, but this year I am.

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  5. I understand your ambivalent feelings about break time from school. We won’t be able to truly have a break with our littles that need routine more than average children, but my older ones will have time off school starting in just a few weeks–though we’re down to Morning Meeting (which will happen year ’round) and math for the older ones already.

    Wishing you joy as you develop friendships with other “live” homeschoolers!!!🙂

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  6. I love the idea of involving Shopkins and other fave things in learning – it still works for me even, if I’m honest! That’s so cool about the tweet too – I always get excited when someone notices one of my tweets like that.😀 Thanks so much for sharing at #FridayFrivolity x

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  7. Congrats, Shelly! How fun to be almost done homeschool for the summer. I think we are going to be doing a lighter homeschool schedule for the summer, but there are some things I wanted to cover before next year also. I think it’s awesome the author re-tweeted you! It sounds like you found an awesome homeschool group to be a part of! Thanks for sharing your week with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week🙂

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