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A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Our School is Almost Over Week

Confession?  Some of these pictures are actually from last week.  They just didn't make it into the last weekly wrap up post.  So this one is a little image heavy.  If you missed it, we took a field trip to the County Fair on Thursday.

Hey, look!  I sewed!  These little star print waffle knit pajamas are for Luke.

Speaking of Lukey...

He found the texture on Annaliese's jacket collar fascinating.

Brianna had her last game of the soccer season.  They made it to the playoffs!

It was an intense game, but the other team beat us by one point.

Afterwards, we stopped on the way home for a little consolation lunch.  And some giggles.

Remember how last week the kids finger painted?  Here's another one of those early childhood activities:  play dough.  We're using the light weight Model Magic from Crayola because it's very easy to work with.

We tried the color diffusing paper again!  With liquid watercolors this time.  I got droppers out of our miscellaneous science kit leftovers box and let them go crazy.

Then we sprayed the paper with water to diffuse the colors.

The next day, when the diffused pages were nice and dry, we talked about the butterfly life cycle, and I had the kids draw butterflies while I was reading to them.  Then we folded our colorful diffused sheets in half and cut a B shape out of them.

With a pipe cleaner to hold the paper in place and to serve as antennae, we had beautiful, colorful butterflies!

The Kwik Stix made an appearance this week when the kids drew while I read to them.

We finished up learning about Napoleon, which inspired Jack's drawing.  The black spots are cannon balls.

A picture from last week that was on my phone.  Everybody had fun hanging out with Annaliese when she was here.

Swim banquet for Sam and Soccer banquet for Brianna have happened.  All the sports are wrapped up for the year now.  Whew!

Annaliese is still a little taller than Eli, but not much!  He's grown so much this year.

Bri was with her friend when they had a little fender bender.  Fortunately, they were in the neighborhood, so I hung out with them until the other mom could come and take over the details.  Even something scary or unpleasant can turn into a learning situation, and it was a good conversation starter for how to deal with an accident, even though Brianna isn't driving yet.

I had a little bit of a revelation when I realized that school doesn't have to be full blast educating until the last day and then stop! like turning off a tap.  I've relaxed a little.  There are going to be a few things that just don't get done.  I'm working on being okay with that.  This coming week is our last week of school, and it's really only 3 days, since Monday is a holiday, and Thursday is the last day of school.  Rather than focusing on "finishing strong" I'm going to try to "finish sane" this year.

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  1. We didn't do spring sports this year, and I'm so glad, but I can certainly sympathize with your sighs of relief at having them done. I do like having my kids in sports, but I also don't like it. :) I love the chance to breathe a bit. Here's wishing you a sane and happy summer. :)

    1. It's a mixed blessing, to be sure. Sam has far more energy now that swim is over! ;)

  2. Love the artwork! It's so funny how quickly the kids grow, but you don't notice it in the day to day. It's kinda sad, isn't it? They don't stay our babies for long. 😊

    1. That's so true! We ran into people from Homeschool Park Day that we haven't seen in a few years, and I was like, "Wow, M has grown up!" and the other mom said, "She's the same age as Brianna. 16, right?" I keep up with the change in my own kids, but when my children's friends start getting married, or having babies, or other grown up-y things, it's always such a shock!