Friday, June 2, 2017

Week 35 - Officially Finished (for the year)

Yes, we are officially finished with Amber's 9th grade year! I'm not sure how it happened, but one day we were remarking on how unbelievable it was that she was double digits in age, and now she's double digits in school grade - 10th grade. Seriously!

Amber is happy to have her official school year finished, but did comment today that being a year-round homeschooler makes almost every week feel like summer break. I wasn't sure this was a good observation until she clarified.

Last day of school - Playing Lego Dimensions. We lost our saved game in January and had to start over. She's clearing some of the levels we never went back to finish

While Amber was in parochial school, we still strongly encouraged learning during the summers. Which means she's never had a summer that was sleeping until noon and watching tv / playing video games all day. However, we did allow those days on occasion. So to her regular school year homeschooling feels like the summers she had during parochial school: we take breaks when we need them, meet friends for fun activities, run errands, sleep later than 6:00 am, and enjoy life.

Amber says it is definitely good to know when she is officially promoted to the next grade for when she's with groups of kids, especially those that aren't homeschooled, but otherwise today wasn't all that special as her last day of the school year.  And technically although I promoted her today, the hours she accumulates through the end of June go towards the 2016-2017 school year according to our state. That doesn't mean I can't promote her whenever I want, were are just still recording on the current school year for another month.

Bat Cat! So perfect for Amber.
Cat selfie? Rosetta is feeling better, but wanted to be carried and cuddled quite a bit one day. Amber handed her off to me because Milori was also super needy. 

In school this week:
Amber accomplished everything I had outlined last week as our goals before the summer lessons. Next week we start on the abbreviated school schedule and only our summer subjects.

Latin and Shakespeare

Amber also has summer only activities:

  • Weekly creative writing group called Project Write. It's a summer only class / event put together by a local arts group that we occasionally participate with, and Amber's flute instructor is the artistic director. Amber is very much looking forward to Project Write again this summer. I hope it meets her expectations.
  • The church youth group is having weekly Wednesday afternoon meetings this summer too, along with some Sunday evening meetings. 
  • We are also still sewing one day a week with Amber's friends to create weighted blankets for Children's Hospital.
It's a good thing we are on a reduced school schedule!

That's about it from here this week. Next week is a fairly easy week and we will take full advantage of that considering the following week is pretty hectic and stressful for many reasons.

Happy Summer!

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  1. It sounds like a fun learning summer ahead. My kids would probably say something like, "Summer is project based school time".
    Blessings, Dawn

  2. We don't really take long chunks of time off either but we do lighten the load for summer and try to focus on more fun learning activities. Happy end of the school year! (We finished up this week too!).

  3. Congrats on completing Grade 9! And I like Amber's observation of how year-round homeschooling is like summer break all the time. :-)