We enjoyed our last day of the “school year” traditions…
We starting the day at our favorite breakfast restaurant where the boys enjoyed their favorite waffles topped with whipped cream smiling faces while I enjoyed my favorite omelet. (*Josh enjoying his waffles.)
After breakfast, we headed to the children’s building of our favorite public library where one of our favorite children’s librarians agreed to photograph us as I presented the boys with award certificates for reaching their learning goals and skill goals. (*The large photo in the collage above in front of the mural at the library after our little ceremony.)
We continued our special day at my favorite antique/flea market where the boys were enthralled with the vintage and antique toys they discovered along the way. (*The second picture down in the collage stack.) Josh even discovered some farm and home items Josh identified from his American history studies this year.
Michael reminded me that we used to take pictures of them in the fun character photo opp stop in front of the Antique Shops…LOL I thought the one of him in jail worked well…
And before ending the day with pizza and a movie at home, they headed out to enjoy our third annual water play time…even though it was only 78 degrees out! And they had a blast.
But we aren’t “finished” homeschooling for the year!
Learning happens every day. It took me until this year to really “get” that homeschooling in our family can be just as unique as our family. After all, living is learning and living in a family is a natural way to disciple which is what God really calls us to do as parents…
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. Deuteronomy 6:7 NIV
Every day the Lord is helping me understand that homeschooling for us is learning and discipling through living as a family. It is through God’s leading and impressing His wisdom on my mind and heart that we are finally experiencing what learning as a family can look like for us.
You see, when we have a day “off” from our formal curricula the boys find other ways to learn. Something clicked in them this Spring and they don’t wait for me to lead them to a lesson…they seek them out for themselves too!
This afternoon, Josh got out a science experiment book and started working on them on his own. Michael was watching the process in awe…they both ran to tell me all about it afterward with the light of discovery in their eyes. Then they figured out that Netflix has added “The Magic Schoolbus” to their summer line up and watched the digestive system in action and how the food chain works in the ocean. This was our day of rest…LOL.
One of the biggest goals Will and I had, and I continue to foster, is to instill the love of learning and the initiative to investigate and discover in our boys through homeschooling…and this Spring it happened!
So earlier this week when I told them we had finished the state required hours for this year, there were groans. They didn’t want to stop “schooling” they told me. There was too much to learn! LOL They reminded me that we are a year round homeschooling family so why do we have to stop for the summer?
They were thrilled when I reminded them we weren’t! I helped them to see how they are learning new things every day with me and on their own. I had them list things they had learned on their own this year to help them begin to see how life learning is happening in our house, our car, in town…in our family every day. I had the blessing of watching the light bulb go on in their eyes!
But I also talked with them about preparing and planning so we can make sure we get to do the things that interest them and that they need to work on this summer. I told them about what I had planned for the summer and had them brainstorm to make sure I included some of the things they wanted to do too.