last day of school!

There is lots of excitement in the house today.  It is our last day of the school year!  Both students and teachers (a.k.a. mom and dad) are ready for summer vacation.  The days are warm, the sun is bright, and the anticipation of the end of school, by the counting down of days, has been felt for the last few weeks.

These past two years, we have been following the Chilean school calendar, which runs from March until December.  It makes it easier for everyone if we, as home schoolers, have the same vacation times as all the neighborhood kids.  There is nothing worse for a teacher than to try to teach your students while the doorbell rings 15 times and kids ask if your students can come out to play, ask how much longer they have to be in school, etc.  It is much easier for us to follow the same school schedule as those living around us.

However, one of the joys of home schooling is the opportunity to be a bit more flexible with the schedule of vacation days.  Our school year is ending two weeks earlier because we took less vacation time throughout the year in anticipation for our trip back to the States in early December.

So, today…

Addison graduates from elementary school (5th grade)!

Felicia completes her year of late 3rd/early 4th grade work!

Isaac finishes 1st grade!

Jacob gets to take a break from his pre-school work!

We are so proud of each of them for their diligence and effort this year.  It has been a joy as a home schooling parent these last 7 years (taking a break last year for language study), to watch them mature and develop in their thinking skills and  knowledge of God’s world.

As far as the future is concerned, Lord willing, we will be able to take a shortened “summer” vacation during the month of December and the first part of the new year.  Then in mid-January, we will hit the books again.  Because of all the transitions that will be taking place for us as a family in these next months, we have decided to keep the consistency of home schooling our children until the end of the school year in the States (June) so that we can prepare them for the big, exciting step of attending the Brighton public schools next fall.  I am sure it will be quite the transition for all of us come September, but we are all excited for that next chapter in our family’s schooling process.

 Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NIV) Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

 Your turn to share:  Which schooling option(s) did you choose for your child(ren) this year?