Our last day of school was really anti-climactic this year. It really was. We had so little left to do, that both kids were done by about 10:30 in the morning. Abigail was to the point where everything that needed to be done on Friday was completely independent. We’d finished her last Read-Aloud on Thursday, so when she was finished with school, she was finished with school. There was no wrap up of anything with mommy other than me asking her what her favorite books of the year were.
For Zander, I did almost get a little choked up when I finished his last Read-Aloud. Almost, but he was so happy to be done, I couldn’t help but giggle along with him and then tell him he was officially now a second grader.
Totally anti-climactic, but a good last day regardless. As I looked through all the books on the shelves that we read this year, I had to really think about some of them- it seems like it’s been so incredibly long since we discussed William Wilberforce- he was easily five wars ago. And if I add last years studies in as well? Wow- it’s been one incredible trip through US History. And we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface. While I am ready for something new with next year’s studies, I’m also already eagerly anticipating our next romp through US History, because it will only get better. But enough of that, on to the nitty-gritty.
Abigail wrapped up her fifth grade year with 1031 hours of schooling, over 189 days- with 1 sick day in there. We are required to have 875 hours. Her favorite reading books of the year were:
All-Of-A-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
By The Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman
Plain Girl by Virginia Sorensen
and Bruchko by Bruce Olson
Her favorite read-alouds were:
Cheaper By The Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth
Caddie Woodlawn by Carrie Ryrie Brink
and From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L.Konigsburg
She really, really enjoyed studying US History, and she really did have a difficult time picking out her favorite books of the year, because she really liked most of them.
Abigail also aced her Math and English this year, and if I was keeping grades I would have no choice but to issue her full A’s for both courses. She’s looking forward to new subject matter next year, including working with negative numbers more and chemistry for her science.
Zander finished his first grade year with 951.5 school hours over 191 days. We did not keep track of all the many books we utilized as his reading books, but he did choose out his favorite Read-Alouds of the year. Those were:
Twenty And Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop and Janet Joly
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannet, along with it’s two sequels, Elmer And The Dragon and The Dragons of Blueland.
Zander also aced all of his subjects- the last thing he did for this school year in math was studying and then adding fractions together. He really liked learning about fractions and is looking forward to seeing what Teaching Textbooks will be like next year for him.
Overall, it was an excellent school year. We accomplished every single thing we set out to do, and the planning stages are underway for next year. We’ll be adding in a few more studies and a whole lot more dance classes, but for right now, we’re all relishing the fact that we’re done with school for awhile. As of right now, our first day back to the books will be August 8th. But when the new school books start rolling in, that may change.