Diary of a Homeschool Dad - Week 39
In the midst of several pages being turned this week we saw the answers to many prayers, and for each one of them I'm exceedingly thankful!
Sunday - It was a nice day to have my mom alongside us on the pew for church, although she didn't stick around long enough afterwards to join us for lunch. After the service she made her way over to the medical center to be with my dad while we all went to Bible study. The afternoon only offered a brief amount of time for rest, however, as we had to return for a big children's choir presentation alongside our church orchestra. The kids hadn't sung for us since Thanksgiving 2019, so it was a pretty special event. All of my girls were on stage, with Curly taking her last turn in elementary before graduating up to the youth choir, Whirly singing with her current group one more time, and both Mrs. Geographist and Girly helping teach some of the younger grades. It was a great show, and after all was said and done we also found out that my dad's procedure to get him ready for back surgery later in the week had gone very well.
Monday - It was a normal start to the week with everyone off to their respective campuses. Whirly is winding down a few of her subjects, and this week was when Handwriting fell off the daily assignment sheet. Having finished her book, it is now time for her to put the work into practice in other subjects. Consequently, all writing that is done in English and Spelling for the rest of the year will be in cursive. Girly took the wheel both to and from her cello lesson this week, and now stands just a handful of hours away from finishing her learning requirements before being able to take her driver's license test in a few months. She also picked up her music for next year's region and all-state auditions, so we already know what's going to consume most of her practice time over the summer!
Tuesday - May the 4th! Whirly and I hit the mat at martial arts, but this week we didn't even break a sweat. This was considered bonus week which means we didn't learn new curriculum but instead picked up extra skills that don't typically fit in our usual lessons. This particular day focused on kid safety, including strategies for avoiding bad situations as well as actions to take if such a scenario unfolds. Once I picked up the older girls from school everyone had to get "fancied up" for the school's annual Fine Arts Night (although not before Curly had her usual virtual clarinet lesson), where all the music groups perform and select artwork is displayed. It was Curly's first opportunity to play in band before a live audience and she did a really good job, even getting recognized by the director for a solo section in the very first piece. Girly handled her duties as section leader in the high school orchestra very well, and then had a bit of fun mugging for pics with her stand partner (and boyfriend) after the show. Once again, it's so wonderful seeing our kids present their skills after working so hard on them!
Nearly all of our regular activities have now come to a close. This week the girls will start knocking off their final graded work of the semester. Summer is rapidly approaching!