Life is full of surprises. At age 22, I never would have dreamed that at the age of (almost) 40 I would still be spending my days at home schooling my kids. That would not have sounded appealing to me. But that was before I was a mother, and before I had five boys. Now I love each and every minute that we get to have together. Well, maybe not every moment, but most moments. Childhood is fleeting. It's there and gone in a moment, and for right now, home schooling fits for our family. I love that we are all together most of the time. We enjoy our cozy days at home learning together.
We did it. We finished another year of school at home. This year was a good one, but it wasn't easy. We worked hard. Let's face it, I worked hard. From the moment I get up, there are little people needing me pretty much until the moment I go to bed. But we are learning together about how this "homeschooling older kids thing" needs to go. Graham and Asher had to step it up a bit this year and become more independent. This was also our first year of Classical Conversations and they had to jump into a program that is probably best done from the time you are younger. We had lots of talks about working hard and about WHY school is important (because it certainly isn't always fun for my boys).
On to some pictures...
These pictures were from their research papers. Graham was William Wallace. He read his paper is full accent and loved every minute of it. Getting up in front of people is his thing.
Asher was John Calvin. Luckily, we have a couple people in our lives who went to Calvin College who could lend him a "costume." He did a great job too, but was probably more happy when it was over.
The older girls are so sweet to my little boys. And Nathan is quite smitten with them.
He even got a lesson from Robin Hood ;)
And the whole 4-6th grade class. It was a great year.
But now we've moved on to summer. And summer is just the best, isn't it?