06 May 2011

The Weekly...er...Monthly Wrap-Up: The One Where We Got Back on Track

And what a month it has been! I think we are all finally starting to experience some level of routine and normalcy here at our house~thank goodness! Looking back, this month feels more like 3 months, but we're on the other side of it now.

It has been a challenge to get the kiddos back into their schedule after being out of it for so long. I've certainly heard all of the usual murmuring and complaining, but we have persevered~and we've made progress.

Here is just a recap of somethings we've been up to this past month:

At home we have been working in our usual subjects: grammar, reading, math, history, science and handwriting. We haven't spent much focus in any electives, instead catching up in our core subjects.

I've incorporated a couple of crafts here and there and that's always fun. I'm so glad my kids love to make things!

We keep lots of craft stuff around the house and family members have even caught on so that they give craft kits often for special occasions. Those are great to have around, especially for a rainy afternoon. Did I mention we've had A LOT of those lately? We're SO happy to be seeing sunshine again!

On those beautiful, sunny days we sometimes do some of our school work outside. We'll sit and read our history or the kiddos will do their reading up in their treehouse~so fun! We're also still studying and watching our {many} tadpoles in our backyard pond. They are really growing!

There have been lots of extra-curricular activities lately, too.

We had an opportunity to attend a special {free} abbreviated performance of our local ballet company's Alice in Wonderland. It was very cute! The company director also gave the students a talk about all the different parts of the performing arts center and a glimpse into the technicalities of the behind-the-scenes~it was very informative.

I love to take advantage of these kinds of opportunities for our family. I can't remember attending the ballet until I was an adult and really didn't have many opportunities to attend plays, etc. until college, so I'm always thrilled to have the chance to expose the kiddos to The Arts.

Did I tell you that Mr. B is playing T-ball for the first time this year? Isn't he the cutest in his little uniform?! He really seems to be enjoying it and I'm glad. He's been feeling a bit left out all the times his big sister has her Girl Scouts activities, so we thought this would be good for him this Spring. He's doing great, we're so proud of him!

The end of April brought an end to our Spring co-op classes, too. The kids were SO happy to be able to bring home their Lego Action Contraption kits on the last day of co-op. That was a fun class, even if it was crazy keeping up with all those tiny pieces with so many kiddos:)

The first thing they built was a little mixer-type thing that could actually blend their chocolate milk. Now how fun is that?! They had a blast with it!

This past week was the special bridging ceremony with The Princess' Girl Scout troop. Even though not all of the girls were bridging they each had a special part in the ceremony and received a pin.
And that wraps up our highlights from this past month.

I must say I'm looking forward to wrapping up this year and taking a nice summer break. Hopefully that won't be too far away. Playing catch-up isn't too fun~by this time last year we were finished. But this year's challenges have definitely taught me many lessons and even though I hope I don't have to face the same challenges in the future, if I do I think I will be much better prepared.

This post is lined to the Weekly Wrap-up at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.


Phyllis said...

What a great week! I like their vases -they definately show their personalities. Oh, so fun -to see live theatre (I guess I am partial, having been a theatre major in college!)

Ellen said...

Hi Lora! Love the little mixers! I'm glad you all are getting back into somewhat of a routine. It takes some doing after a break. And you're right -- catching up is difficult, too. I've decided we're stopping at the end of May and just continuing with some readings throughout the summer.

Our Side of the Mountain said...

Beautiful vases! We had the SAME ones, but different designs (of course)! We have a large "craft" drawer in the bottom of a desk for the kids to create with any time they want. (I add to it occasionally to keep things new.) Congrats on bridging! (My daughter does in June!) Stopping by from Weekly Wrap-up!


Schooling in the Sun said...

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Our Country Road said...

Aw, your son is adorable in his uniform. I loved t-ball. You cant be bad at it. Which is good, because I was not very athletic. Hope he has fun!! And the mixers are way too fun! Have fun settling in. We've been here two months and are still settling...