This is the time of year when I look at what we have been working on and what needs to be accomplished before we break for summer. Because of our hectic Destination Imagination schedule last year and the time required for projects, rehearsals, and fund raising, not to mention the trip to Tennessee, we ended up working until August.
This year I want to be done with bookwork and enjoy the moments of spontaneity that happen in the summertime. After this long cold winter, I want to wake up on a warm summer morning free from responsibility and commitments. I want to enjoy mid week camping trips, weekly beach nights, and swimming in waterfalls. I don't want to say "we can't" because we have a class, or a workshop, or a lesson to complete.
In order to have this happen, we need to work hard over the next few weeks to finish up with our book work. Last week we completed 4 chapters of Story of the World. We learned about the ongoing battles between France and England, and we read about the bubonic plague. The girls already had knowledge of this through independent work and from watching Little House on the Prairie. Although the flea born illness in the episode we watched was not the bubonic plague, it has many similarities.
I have switched out the mapwork from the Story of the World Activity Book for the mapwork in Color Yourself Smart Geography. Last week the girls completed the page on Europe and this week they are working on Africa, which we will be revisiting in SOTW this week.
This was also timely because my brother is about to deploy to Morocco for a month. I hope he is able to take pictures and send emails like he did while in Afghanistan. We learned so much from his personal accounts of what life in Afghanistan is like.
Over the next few weeks we will finish up our history book. Grace enjoys this study so much she said we could start book 3 over the summer if I wanted to......