Friday, June 5, 2009

Homeschool Tracker Says...

School's OUT!

Well, today was really the official end of our year, but we are still going to have little work to do. Brendan has some Math and a few states left in Geography. John is also finishing up Math and has some History left. Paul has a little Math.

All in all though, I have a wonderful file box FULL of great work!
The Science folder has some beautiful projects.
Brendan loved the chapter on Astronomy. He loves the Planetarium.
Here is a photo that we used to make a Powerpoint presentation on the Formation of the Appalachians. We drive through here every time we go to see Laura and Family.And we did some "interesting experiments"! Can you tell which soil has the most organic material? Brendan's Geography Notebook is full of states that he has mapped and he has done such a nice job!
The Art folders are so neat to look through and John did so much with his Rosaries and he made some really nice jewelry. He learned a lot from Barbara. His little desk was covered with his work.
Paul has some nice drawings and he has done so much great work as a second grader. He did some "impressionist" art this year.
PE is always a challenge. But we were creative and between the track, our bikes, the heavy bag, Soccer and now the pool, I think we did OK.
The overview for the year looks good.

We are doing our review this coming Tuesday and I can't wait to see what the other families have done.
We are going to have a group review in which several moms are going to get together and we can share. I get the best ideas that way!

I have been very happy with the curriculum that I put together this year. I feel like we covered everything really well. The only thing I feel like we missed were field trips, so my plan is to do two educational activities each week over the summer. We will do one local and one away. I want to focus on Science and get outdoors, but we can also do some museums on the hotter days. Nothing so nice as the Smithsonian buildings in the heat of the summer. It's easy to get down to DC when you have all day! We will also do the Aquarium, of course.

I am ready for summer "school". The kind you don't know you are doing...

5 comments:

Mark Pennington said...

Great pictures and adventures. Don't be afraid about being intentional in your summer academic efforts. I found a nice article at http://penningtonpublishing.com/blog/study_skills/summer-daily-brainwork/

Anonymous said...

Wow! Enjoyed this so much. It is so uplifting to read everything. We are so proud of you, Teacher Mom, and the boys and all their hard work. You all have really earned a nice summer vacation now. Have fun, and thank you for the beautiful blog entry with great pictures.
Love you,
Mom and Dad

Anonymous said...

Wow! Enjoyed this so much. It is so uplifting to read everything. We are so proud of you, Teacher Mom, and the boys and all their hard work. You all have really earned a nice summer vacation now. Have fun, and thank you for the beautiful blog entry with great pictures.
Love you,
Mom and Dad

Lisa Marie said...

Hey Jen- this looks great! Congrats to you and the boys! Can you tell me what curriculum you use with them? Have you been homeschooling since they were in preschool/kindergarten age? I'm not sure where to start... :(
I've been making it up as we go- but we need to get moving!

Suzanne said...

That's my kind of summer.