Today was our last day of school. I think we’re all looking forward to a bit of a break, but when I asked the kids today if we should do this again next year, it was a resounding yes that they gave me. They were very proud of themselves and all they accomplished this year, and so I was also the proud momma who got to turn to Abigail and pronounce her a Fifth Grader. And then I got to turn to Zander and pronounce him an official First Grader. It was cool.
I had asked them what their favorite books were of the year. Abigail’s favorites that she read were two books by Ken Thomasma, Om-Kas-Toe and Naya Nuki. Her favorite read-aloud surprised me, as she chose Calico Bush by Rachel Field. It was a delightful story, but I didn’t think she enjoyed it that much! Her second favorite was The Journeyman by Elizabeth Yates. When I asked about history books, it took just a moment of hesitation before she grabbed both Imprisoned In The Golden City by Dave & Neta Jackson as well as The Story of Eli Whitney by Jean Lee Latham. They were all wonderful books, and we enjoyed the moment that we were standing at the bookshelves remembering those stories we read not that long ago.
Abigail logged a total of 971.90 school hours, and a total of 197 days.
Zander’s favorite book that he read this year was The Golly Sisters Go West by Betsy Byars, followed closely by Thomas Jefferson’s Feast by Frank Murphy and Lewis & Clark: A Prairie Dog For The President by Shirley Raye Redmond. His favorite read-aloud of the year was Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes, following in a very close second was The Sign Of The Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare. When I asked him about history, he instantly pulled out North American Indians by Marie and Douglas Gorsline and then after a moments thought he added The Lewis & Clark Expedition by Richard L Neuberger.
Zander wrapped up his kindergarten year with a total of 568.50 hours and 180 days exactly.
Someone asked me the other day how I gave Zander a grade designation. This was his kindergarten year of school, and yet he was doing first grade math and second to third grade reading. Could I have called it his first grade year? Sure, I could have. But I think that socially, it is important that I keep him in the same grade level as his peers his age. Everywhere he ever participates in a program- like church, park & rec, library programs, sports, etc. They will always ask what grade he is in, and then put him with the similar aged children. So next year it will be his first grade year. He’ll be doing second grade math and fifth grade reading, but it will be in the realm of first grade. He-heh, my kid already has the stigma of being “the homeschool boy” I don’t need to make that worse by adding “smart kid who skipped a grade”.
I’m already looking forward to next year. I’m slowly making my lists, and a plan seems to be coming together. I think I have all our different components of curriculum picked out, it will just be a matter of starting to order it all and get it in- and then I have to go through and figure out exactly how I’m going to mesh two school days together to be one. I’m rather excited to figure that all out.
In the meantime, we have some summer reading to do. We have some fun read-alouds to tackle, and a world to explore. Summer dance, tumbling, and swimming lessons will fill our days in no time. And we’ll be learning the whole while- because we’ve learned that learning is truly fun.