This year has been a real marathon for us. We tried new curriculum, and Katarina wrote more papers than she did in past years. We went through spiral notebooks and google doc storage space at an alarming rate. Along with math, science continues to be her favorite subject. Even the video of a cow eye dissection that I made her watch couldn't dampen her science love, so I'm fairly confident it might be here to stay. And of course there were books. I kept a running list, and she averaged two books a week during the school year - not counting pure leisure reading like Baby-Sitters Club and American Girl books, which would bring that number closer to seven a week.
Things change. Things stay the same.
The years start to run together, and we ask things like, "Did I read that book this year, or last year?" and "You need another math notebook already?" It is easy to forget how much hard work has happened to bring us back to this summer vacation place.
We are having all of our end of the year discussions about next year, and if we want to homeschool again or try something different. I'm torn. I think she is, too. And I'm not sure which option will win.
There are so many unknowns about middle school. But before any decisions have to be made, we have summer. Vacation. Rest.
In case there was any doubt vacation is on its way, a summer reading list was created last night, the mailman delivered new Rainbow Loom band colors today, and there have been serious discussions about which shows need to be binge-watched.
We are now ready for days filled with sleeping in and relaxing.
As soon as she finishes that last project and paper.
I was a little worried this time would never arrive.
*I feel like this was a little newslettery (but hopefully not to the level of a braggy Christmas letter). It is one of those times when I just need to document our life right this minute, to remember these feelings of almost, and exhaustion, and hard work coming to a close. And maybe, just a little bit, to say, "We did it!"
What are you most looking forward to this summer?