Sunday, May 27, 2018

The first week of summer!

The boys had their last day of school this past Wednesday for the 2017-2018 school year! Z completed 6th grade, O completed 4th grade, J completed 2nd grade, and M completed his first year of pre-school. All in all it was a fabulous year! 
Z the fat Nobleman

-Z developed a love for orchestra and jazz through his dedicated and awesome band teacher. He learned to play the flute very well and will play in summer band as well as jazz band next year. He also made a good friend and started a club that meets at our house every Friday night. He's grown out of his shyness completely and feels comfortable speaking his mind-- sharing his thoughts and opinions in public, and being a positive example and  leader to others. He has also become extremely goofy and ridiculous when he's in just the right mood. For "Ancient Civilizations Day" he dressed up as a Nobleman from the medieval period. He had learned in history that Nobelman were fat and that their fatness was a sign of prestige, thus he wore a T-shirt and filled it with stuffing for the day. Oh my.

Soccer O
-O  loved going to school this year! He loved his classes, his projects, his artwork, his reports, his lunches, and his friends. He reminds me of me at that age! He also voluntarily started walking home from school, which took him around 20 minutes. 
He asked to sign him up for 1 week of summer camp (also so me) so that he could further explore different subjects and be in a social environment with other kids from his school. He's also attending a 2 day science camp this summer. He loves creating artwork and he played soccer this past season and kicked butt. He used to be really shy on the field but he really got in there this time and played a strong defense. He is such a loving, sweet, and fun boy who is kind to everyone!
J's Eagle Habitat

-J is such a sweet, sensitive, shy, and tenderhearted child. When he comes home from school we do a lot of analyzing to help him understand all the things that happened there during the day. He learned a lot this year about how to make friends, what to do at recess and lunch, how to react to other's weird behavior, how to assert himself when he has to use the bathroom, and basically  how to navigate the ins and outs of 2nd grade. He learned right away that he likes school and he likes to learn all the cool stuff, but he doesn't necessarily like everything. And that's okay. It's okay not to love everything...because that's life. He also figured out that if he wears his jacket everyday that has the zippered pockets he can bring any toys he wants out to recess weather they are allowed to or now. That's my boy. :) 

-M went to pre-school twice a week this past year. This kid is a social butterfly who loves to keep busy! Pre-school was the perfect choice for him. He was in a class with 10 other 3 year olds where they learned their letters, sang songs, painted pictures using all sorts of cool techniques (have ya heard of painting with legos or marshmallows??) and played outside where everyday he would have his teacher Mrs. Woolsey swing him on the swings. 
Mommy subs pre-school
When I picked him up at the end of the 2 1/2 hours he was never ready to go and made me wait while she pushed him just one.more.time! I got to substitute his class a couple times this year and had a lot of fun playing pre-school teacher. I brought our true-to-life-Jack-rabbit puppet to entertain, which the kids thought was super awesome. 

Next year Mally will be attending pre-school 4 days a week and I think he's gonna love it! 

This was the first year where all 4 of our older boys attended school for an entire year. I am so proud of each of them for the strong, mature, amazing, and kind children they are. I know that sending children out into the world isn't the easiest decision. There are days when I just want to keep them home, wrap them in my arms, and pretend they're all toddlers again. 
But, they are growing up and they are learning to be progressive, able-bodied, functioning people in this world. I feel that they are leaps and bounds ahead of me when I was their ages. They understand people and the world in a different way and are able to make mature and confident decisions. They know who to make friends with and who to stay away from. They know when their teachers are fair and kind when a teacher is unfair or wrong. They know how to make good decisions and how to talk about their problems. They know how to be leaders and how to set an example of goodness.

I don't know what the future will hold as far as homeschooling anyone or not. We're just going to play it year by year and see how we all do.  Right now I am appreciating the moments of quiet I get to catch up on housework, exercise, plan, and recharge my batteries for when they all come rushing through the door. I love my boys so much and I also love my quiet time. (two truths)

Summer is my absolute favorite season! I am so excited to spend the next few months playing with my boys. The last couple nights we've gone to the park to play freeze-tag. I love it when we can do fun things like this outside together.
I thank God everyday that I have a strong, healthy body that can chase these little boys around. They keep me so busy, but like I say, I wouldn't have it any other way...
Happy Summer! 

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