When I was a young mother I wondered why those with older children seemed to not have much to share or say. Now that I am that mother celebrating a homeschool graduate – number two – I know why. Life is super busy. It is a different sort of busy from the survival-in-the-trenches days of babies and toddlers. It is stage of life, a stage of parenting that is so very full and so rich in a completely different way. With a calendar that is every bit as full as well. With days that start early and usually go late into the night with talks with young adults.
These two eldest children of mine – now homeschool graduates! Pictured at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.
But I didn’t want another month to pass without sharing some highlights of this busy, blessed time in our lives. And since my mind is so distracted and pulled in a hodgepodge of directions, I turned to the Homeschool Mother’s Journal for some prompts. First, more on the homeschool graduate…
Celebrating a Homeschool Graduate
Homeschool Graduation Favorites – I shared these last year with our first graduate. Our son has chosen a much more low key approach to graduation. As I shared in my January homeschool wrap up post on learning styles, our second born has a different path than his sister. Right now he is looking at an apprenticeship and some other opportunities including some online education. We are excited for him and praying with him for wisdom while continuing to ask the Lord to direct his steps.
His graduation ceremony will be our senior recognition Sunday at our church. We will have a nice, Sunday dinner with extended family and celebrate. Then we will go on a family trip sometime this summer. We have a lot to celebrate with our second homeschool graduate, our daughter finishing her first year of college and all of our children doing so well this year! Plus a drama troupe production and piano recital!
Homeschool Year Home Stretch – thoughts on finishing strong
In our homeschool this month…
- We completed third and ninth grade standardized testing
- We had two sets of wisdom teeth extracted. That’s pretty big!
- Fifth grader performed in big church with her handbell choir.
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
We went to see college girl perform Handel’s Messiah with her choir and on a short couple of days tour of north Georgia. We also got to see my Dad up in those north Georgia hills.
Be encouraged all you families with young children. One day soon you will be able to tell your older children to put that casserole in the oven as you walk out the door. Then go on a nice, evening walk with your better half. And when you return, supper is ready and the table is set. <happy sigh> #ProudMama #TimeFlies #WalkingAgain #1000gifts #SilverCometTrail #HodgepodgeHealthy #ihsnet
My favorite thing this month…
All the extra light in the evenings for walks. Plus watching all the spring flowers and growing things start to turn towards summer. I’m ready!
Weekly homeschool planning meeting. 📚Snacks, hot chocolate, the family calendar and Dad with us. ☕️️ Carving out some get it done and have some fun times. Love how A Plan in Place planners have a spots for weekly goals and then – for me – meal planning. So helpful and practical. ✔️ More on our weekly homeschool planning meeting here: http://bit.ly/2q4DFD4 and be sure to check out all @aplaninplacehomeschool has to offer! #HodgepodgeHomeschool #ihsnet
What’s working/not working for us…
- Finishing up some subjects is really working. Our elementary children are almost finished with Teaching Textbooks.
- Our weekly homeschool planning meeting is a good anchor for our week and keeps us accountable.
Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…
It sure will be very different only homeschooling three next year. One high schooler, one middle schooler and one elementary student. A span!
Behind the scenes: It's a family effort! Finishing touches on our Art in Space Video Art Courses. 🚀9th grader was proofing videos. 💻She's an awesome @chalkpastelart social media manager too. 📱 ☄️Younger brother and sister are in the art tutorials with me and they add some great astronomy facts! 🎞Of course @hodgepodgedad is our video production manager and editor. 🎨Both the Art in Space courses AND Nana's Bird Video Art Course coming to www.chalkpastel.com next week! #YouAREanArtist #ArtInSpace #ComingSoon #ArtForAllAges #supportsmallbusiness
A photo, video, link or quote to share…
We have a family business! It is truly a ministry to meet the needs of fellow families. We’ve listened to your suggestions and look forward to creating more video art courses for you. We invite you to browse all we have to offer. Just this month we have the new:
- Preschool Video Art Lessons
- Bird Video Art Course
- Solar System Video Art Course
- Space Exploration Video Art Course
Next up… Seashore and the start of the history cycles you have been asking for.
What a wonderful, fun time with @apologiaworld sharing science + art in honor of Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Day and all homeschoolers out there. Extend your science learning with art! Be sure to catch the replay at the link below. And we look forward to seeing all the photos of your artwork at the hashtag #YouAREanArtist And remember we are having a 50% OFF sale – TODAY ONLY on all our space art at www.chalkpastel.com Find the link to the tutorial here: https://www.facebook.com/apologiaworld/videos/10154624758297756/ #HSTA2017 #HomeschoolArt #SpaceArt #ScienceAndArt #WeeklyArtLesson
On my blog in case you missed it…
Weekly Facebook Live chalk pastel art tutorials. These have been such a huge blessing! We love seeing photos from families and hearing about how much they are building a love of art. We look forward to our May the 4th Be With You event next week.
Are you finishing your homeschool year in the next couple of weeks too?