Thursday, May 23, 2013

Week 36 ~ We Are Done with the 2012-2013 School Year!

Tomorrow marks our last day of this school year. We are ready for a change. The kids worked hard to finish their workbooks this week so they would not have to do any of them this summer. We only have two more official things to do to call it a year! We need to draw up our annual summer bucket list, and the kids will go to Chuck E. Cheese with their report cards (to get free tokens). This will be accomplished tomorrow.

Science Fun ~ We had lots of fun in science this week. We finished our biology book and looked at some slides under the microscope. We also experimented with spider balls. We put a few in warm water, salt water, cold water, and seltzer water. To our surprise, the warm water opened the spider balls the fastest. After the spider balls fully opened, the kids played with them in the bath tub. They bounced very high.

We also made Ice Cream Bread this week. We let Tom Sawyer have a wheat cheat for this yummy bread. I gave him the supplement, GlutenEase, which helped him get through the cheat. This bread is really easy. It only has two ingredients! We used vanilla ice cream, but you could use any kind of ice cream.

Physical Therapy ~ Tom Sawyer started physical therapy this week, which made him sore. The therapist gave us his exercises for the week, and I took pictures of him doing each one so I could check his position at home.

Performances ~ We have three Swan Lake shows down and three to go. The kids are doing fantastic so far. In addition, the girls had their aerial arts showcase this week. I had a terrible time getting pictures from the dark audience. Below, is the only one I was able to rescue. Little Red Riding Hood is up in the silks doing her famous splits. She is so flexible. I am hoping our video came out better, but I haven't had time to check it.

8 Ways You Know It's Time for Summer ~
  1. The last glue stick just ran out.
  2. Out of the home classes are ending!
  3. Mommy would rather organize the art cupboard than read with the kids.
  4. There are piles of homeschool catalogues and wish lists for next year all over the house.
  5. The pencil sharpener has disappeared.
  6. My end of year checklist is almost all crossed off.
  7. Public school kids are calling to set up play dates.

All the Rest ~ We are just being swamped with rain. The basement took a big hit in the last few days. We are very blessed next to all of those in the Midwest who have suffered through tornadoes, so I am not complaining. Our library is doing a fun idea this summer. They are wrapping up books and you check out the book, cover unseen, like a blind date. After reading them, you get to rate them. It is fun. The first two books are ones I would have never picked out on my own, but they are really good. This program is stretching me to read something different than my normal preferences.
Earlier this week, I posted about my kids' perspective on how the year had gone. If you would like to read their interviews, go here. I will be giving my response and posting our summer bucket list and summer school plans this weekend.

Homegrown Learners

Blessings, Dawn


  1. COngrats on completing the year! Love the ice cream bread! Happy Summer and enjoy!

  2. I think the library program sounds like much fun!

    Hey -- your basement looks like mine :-0 Yes, we are very blessed to have just had tons of rain and not the storms others had this past week. It rained and rained last Sunday and flooded out our front yard in about 30 minutes.

    I love your list of 8 things - clever!!! Happy last day of school, Dawn!

  3. I've never heard of spider balls, but they look like fun. Is this something you can pick up at a store or that should be ordered?

    The ice cream bread sounds yummy! So glad Tom Sawyer was able to tolerate it and get a little treat. I'm sure y'all will have a blast at Chuck E Cheese, too.

    Is it normal for basements to flood like that? There are very few basements around here.

    Enjoy your last performances and end-of-year fun!

  4. Congratulations on finishing up another year! Bread made with ICE CREAM?! Sounds like my kinda bread! LOL Yikes on the basement flooding! It's been raining a lot here too this week! Looking forward to some drying out next week! (I didn't have to water the garden though! LOL)

  5. Yay! We've been "school light" for the past month. We'll getting started again soon. Summer session starts when the mosquitoes start swarming.

  6. Have you posted both ingredients for your icecream bread? I just finished a chocolate cake for home a few minutes ago, but now I'm ready to make icecream bread...

  7. Yay for being finished!!! I love your "8 Ways to know it's summer" list. :-) And I'm going to pin that ice cream bread sounds tasty!