Today we finished our eighth year of homeschooling with A Beka Academy. Well, at least the kids are finished! 🙂 My work goes on throughout the summer months sending in the papers, putting away old curriculum, getting out and preparing the new curriculum for the fall. It has been a very good school year, and the kids have all grown tremendously. That being said, it will be good to have a break to enjoy other things and come back with a fresh vigor in mid-August.
Our summer is going to be extremely busy. In fact, as I was making out our activity schedule for June, it looks like it is going to be a big blur! Luke will be the only one playing baseball this summer, so this will be the first summer for many years that we will only be out at the baseball diamonds two nights per week instead of every night. (Wow, what will we do????)
The kids are all planning to take part in the summer reading program at the library again this year. In fact, John has volunteered to help with the elementary-age program on Wednesday afternoons, so that will be good for him. Cosette will be continuing to take the Kids-A-Cookin’ class, and Brock, Cosette, Luke, and Kara will all have swimming lessons later this summer.
There will be a couple of Day Camps in the near future, and our family is heavily involved in our church’s VBS in June as well. In fact, Dan and I are kind of organizing the event, and we will also be teaching, leading music, making decorations, sending out invitations, etc. John and Brock are both old enough to be assistants. John is going to be my classroom helper as well as Dan’s technology assistant. Brock is going to help our Pastor lead games. Luke, Kara, and Cosette will be attending as students. So, that will be a major focus over the next few weeks as we prepare.
On top of all of this, the lady who led Luke’s Wolf scout group is teaching some summer activity classes and invited my kids to attend. I thought it sounded like a fun opportunity, so we went to the sign-up earlier this week. Little did I know that there would be LONGGGG line for this program! I got there at the very time the sign-up was to start and ended up standing in line for about an hour! Classes were filling up left and right before I ever made it to the sign-up table. In fact, all of the classes that Luke and Kara were going to take were full. Bless that sweet leader’s heart, though, she had left my kids’ names at the table so the people who were enrolling the kids would know that she wanted them in her class–even if the classes were full! So, it looks pretty certain that they’ll get in, but we’ll just have to wait and see if everything goes through. Cosette is really looking forward to her classes. She will have classes about acrylic landscape painting, making mobiles, and making jewelry.
So it will be a busy summer for the kids. And that means it will be busy for me as well, but I don’t mind. Dan and I have always felt that it is important for our kids to be involved in the community. We homeschool for their personal/spiritual/educational training, but we want to be a testimony outside of our normal “Christian” circles as well. These activities and programs have allowed us to have friendships with people we never would have known otherwise, and we are thankful for them.
I have my usual mile-long to do list for the summer on top of all of this. Cleaning, painting, sorting, mowing, gardening–more than I will ever get accomplished! I know it will seem like only a few days and we will be ready to start another school year!
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