Friday, May 3, 2013

winding down {the homeschool year}

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The end is in sight.  And we are excited.  Our family loves a little summer break to relax from the school routine and refresh us as we face a new school year.  (But this momma is always so ready for the new school year to begin again so we can get back to the routines.  Kind of funny how that works…)

The kids have been finishing up some of their subjects and as they do, we don’t replace it with something new.  Well, except for math which is usually just a fun review.  And reading.  You can never have too much reading now, can you?  But the other subjects we just cross off as finished until fall.  There is something highly rewarding about that too.

May 3, 2013 1 & 2 reviewing math, greek roots, and sight words

3,4,& 5 reading about sharks, The Children’s Homer, and having math fun

There has been a lot of reviewing too.  I’m making notes on things that need to be revisited over the summer.  And when we have a little time this summer, we’ll sneak in some very relaxed learning of sight words or math facts or a little spelling.  Who knows?  This momma just grabs the opportunity when she sees…but she’s kind of sneaky about it so no one even realizes that she’s making them do school during the summer. 

Since the school work is winding down, it’s opening up more time for real life. 

Taking responsibility…

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Yard sales…

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Packing for a quick trip…

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Time outdoors before the too hot deep south summer descends upon us…

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Yep.  The school year is winding down and summer’s calling.  I can just feel summer’s light-hearted times approaching.  And this momma is happy for some carefree summer days…before she longs for the return of the scheduled routine school days. 

Thank you to our hostesses:

Homegrown Learners


  1. Just like here in the North! LOL We're winding down as well and not adding in anything new and spending more time outside and starting a chore board and looking forward to summer. We've had QUITE a stressful late winter and spring thus far and really could use a little less on our "plates". I'm sure that come July I'll be anxious for school to start too! (We should end this year the first week of June and start up again September 3.) It's that time of year for a lot of us!

    1. We too have been having cold temps lately. Just this weekend, we had a yard sale and it was so cold and windy that we had on coats. That is totally unusual for Louisiana. Normally we have our backyard pool up and going by now. But tonight we'll probably have the heater running!

      I hope you have a great summer break! Thanks for visiting. :)

  2. I love the pictures of your children enjoying basking in the spring weather - beautiful. Here in the UK school holidays don't begin until late July, but that's not stopping us enjoying the spring temperatures :-)
    I hope you're having a lovely weekend.
    Lucinda (visiting via Collage Friday)

    1. Hi Lucinda! Thanks for dropping by my blog. :) We love our spring weather and it makes it hard to stay inside. Lately we've been finding ourselves outside doing school on the nice days. That's just one of the things I love about homeschooling - we can do school pretty much anywhere! :)

      I hope you all are having a lovely weekend too!

  3. I'm so glad you linked with Collage Friday this week. Your pictures are beautiful!

    I understand what you mean about a summer break, but then also getting back into a routine feeling so good. Yes, it is funny how that works. ;-)

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    1. Thank you! Also many thanks to you for hosting Collage Friday!

  4. I can relate completely to needing a break and then wanting to get back to a routine. We finished our math curriculum and Spanish 1 and I let my girls take a break. So far, I am not craving that routine yet and they want to try "interest led learning" so we are seeing how that goes...

    1. We've been doing a lot of interest led learning lately too. Right now, we are all doing math, reading our literature (phonics for the littles), and history. Afternoons have been spent on child led projects. It's kind of nice and relaxing. I wish I could always be this relaxed but then my Type A personality kicks in and takes over! :-D


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