Possibly our last week ever, but who knows? I thought I'd taught my last week of homeschool in 2017, and that turned out not to be the case. Open hands.
One morning, I walked into the school room and proclaimed, "We're going to play with knives today!" I handed them each a razor blade, and they removed all the pages from their Swimming Creatures workbooks. The pages with tape, staples, glue, etc went in the trash, but the paper-only pages went to the garage to be shredded for bunny litter. They've since also hacked up their Flying Creatures workbooks and some finished spelling, English, and handwriting workbooks. We'll have free bunny litter for a good while.
Imagine our surprise upon opening the package, when this cute kitty watch showed up instead. Jack laughed like crazy, and offered to wear it to school anyway, but I said I'd return it for the right one. Only, the right one showed up with the buckle assembled backwards. I think we're going to try a different brand next.
I always think that having foster kittens is a good experience for Hannah and Katie, but even Sam and Josiah have been playing with them and taking pictures of them. I suspect that the way girls squeal, "Omigosh, how cuuuuute!" when shown a picture of a kitten may have something to do with this.
We'll have to come up with new things to request books about next week, as our pick ups have really trickled off. We're down to only 32 books out!
Our plan for the next month is to take Jack to school, work on the school room (we have started turning this year's used papers into shred for the bunny, and we've started taking down some of the artwork), play with the kittens, continue our walk/jog/bike jaunts each morning (we did 1.3 miles today!), and fill in with projects/art/cooking on an "as I feel like it" basis. I'm planning to try to sell off our curriculum, and donate many of our remaining school room books to the kids' fledgling school library. I'm feeling like we could end up with a couple less bookcases around here when we're done. I'd like to actually paint at least one wall in here, but I'm holding that wish lightly.
Once Jack is out of school, we'll embrace the summer lack of routine, as long as everyone tolerates it well. Some people thrive on structure. And, we'll keep working our way up to that 3 mile/day goal we have for June.