If all goes as planned, tomorrow should be our last "official" day of the 2009-2010 school year. For the first time, I am giving Thomas "final exams". Just minor assessments to see if he retained anything at all of what we've covered in the past year. So far, the results are encouraging. I will probably be leaving them alone for the rest of June, as far as "schoolwork " is concerned so I can tend to some household matters. The most pressing being... "Who is getting Kate's room?????"
After much deliberation and campaigning on the part of the kids, the solutioin to this dilemma is to give the room to 17yo Ben, who has been bunking with 9yo Thomas since Thomas was in a crib. There is a semi-private bedroom (meaning, it adjoins two smaller bedrooms), which is rather large. That will go to Thomas, who is thrilled to have his own room, even if it means a steady flow of traffic coming through it at all hours. Becky will still share with Hannah, but her consolation for that is moving into Thomas and Ben's old room which has a door and no thru traffic. She is thrilled to have the privacy which all 15 year-old girls crave. I think we have stumbled on a good compromise which seems to have placated everyone. That is, until the next one moves out!
So Becky and Ben take their last final tomorrow, Thomas wraps up fourth grade at home and summer offically begins in our home. I love this time of year. As the previous homeschool year ends with its accompanying burnout and feeling of "I'm done... overdone even" there is an odd sense of excitement and anticipation in thinking of plans for the coming year. Spending last weekend at the IHM Conference in Chantilly, VA was just the shot in the arm I needed to make the necessary changes and get my home running in the way I envision it should be. Oh boy, do my kids LOVE when I go to a conference! I usually come home with a renewed sense of purpose, feeling empowered to make those unpopular decisions, like... unplugging the cable; maintaining math and reading skills throughout the summer; chores for everyone; and (much) less computer time for Mom! Yes, if I want to keep my children productive and occupied with positive things all summer, I definitely need to be more available to them. If all goes well, I will not be "keeping up with the blogs", mine or anyone else's , this summer.Oh, I'll still be checking in daily, but blog-hopping and posting has moved waaaay down on my list of priorities. I'll most likely be checking in once each evening. Hopefully, my children and I will be enjoying some fun times together and creating a home that is both pleasing to God and each other.
Wishing everyone a blessed summer!