Friday, April 8, 2011

Weekly Wrap-Up

I am starting to get that "finishing up" feeling, even though we still have another 6 or 7 weeks left of this school year. We finished up our Chronicles of Narnia study last week. Duncan did a short presentation for his book club on The Last Battle, and then we spent a few days reviewing and discussing the books.

I felt really sad upon finishing, thinking that I probably won't read these books again until I have grandkids of the right age!

The kids had their spring production in their performing arts co-op. Laurel was taking both drama and international dance, and Duncan was doing flags. Here he is with his flags on dress rehearsal day.

The kids both had a great year at the co-op and look forward to returning next year. And the end of that means that we now have our Tuesdays totally clear!

We spent our first free Tuesday afternoon keeping those creative juices flowing by reading and illustrating poetry in recognition of National Poetry Month.

I'll write more about what we did in a separate post later. Being a poet, I'm especially happy that my kids love exploring poetry, and I have some more awesome activities coming up for them next week.

We took a day this week to head over to Dollywood with my parents. The Festival of Nations is going on right now there, so we took in a few shows and then a few rides. The day was absolutely perfect. We got season passes for the first time in a few years, so we are looking forward to going back several more times.

We just have one more day of enrichment classes on Monday, and then we'll have yet another day totally at home. I am always amazed at how quickly we wrap things up at the end of the year when all of our outside activities come to a halt.

This past week, having finished our Narnia studies, we decided to do a two-week unit study on the Titanic. I created a Titanic unit study years ago when Jesse was in about 4th grade, and this seems to be the perfect opportunity to revisit it. We read a couple of books to get started. Next week we'll watch the Imax movie and do more activities. But what we have now that we didn't have so many years ago when we did this originally is the Titanic Museum so close to us! We are going to visit the museum in a couple of weeks, and I am really looking forward to it!

I love this time of year, not necessarily because school is almost over but because we've shaken off those winter blues and seem to have clearer heads and greater motivation.

In Case You Missed 'Em…
Homeschooling-related posts here this week:
Reading Poetry with Children (repost)
Starting a Literature Circle: Part 1 and Part 2 (Homeschool Classroom post)

Linked up on the Weekly Wrap-Up at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers


  1. I LOVE Narnia. We just listened to the whole series this year. I really can't wait to read them again, and do more with them.

  2. That makes me sad about Narnia i havent thought that way about them.. although I still have two who need to finish the series.

    I LOVED the Titanic Musuem! It was so amazing! We were in Branson a few years ago and did a TITANIC lapbook while on vacation and then visited the museum! It was so neat!

  3. Sounds like a great week! I am looking forward to moving to TN. I will have to check out that museum.

  4. The museum would be really amazing to see. Your poetry looks beautiful.

    New follower from Unsocialized list. Look forward to reading more:)

    Have a great week


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