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Fanatic News Flash – May

I can see the light at the end of the homeschooling tunnel for the 2018-19 school year! How about you? We are not year-rounders, and I am looking forward as much as the kids are for a long break! My goal is to administer our required standardized testing just after Memorial Day, and when that’s done, we’re done! Unfortunately, due to some changes, starts, and stops, my girl will be working on algebra this summer. One of the many reasons I love homeschooling is that we can work at our own pace. This allows time for real learning and understanding. So, in the sweltering NC heat, we can stay inside and fill in some of the gaps that we need to before moving on.

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If you’ve been following on social media, you know we made our first trip to Washington, D.C. a few of weeks ago with other teens from our co-op. I’ve got a lot to share with you, so stay tuned later this month for a post with all the details. We had a great trip, and the opportunity to see so many awesome things! I must say, I am happy to be home where life moves at a much slower pace!

The focus for the rest of the month for me will be grading/organizing. I don’t know why I let myself get behind, but I do. Every. Single. Year. I will also be focusing on making the kids a yearbook. I’ve done this for the past several years, and they love it! It is a cross between a scrapbook and a Project Life styled book. I can’t wait to tell you about it in a future post, because it is so much fun! I’ve also got to plan some last-day of school shenanigans! Last year, I got them both a special t-shirt as a hint to our summer kick-off. I don’t think I’ll top that this year, but I’ll come up with something fun to celebrate our hard work.

May Reading

Same story, different month. My goal is to finish a book I was on a launch team for, Homeschool Bravely. I have an extra copy I purchased for a give-away, so stay tuned for that. My other goal is to open up my Organized Homeschool LIfe bookclub on Facebook to new members since we are nearing a half-way point. I think the summer would be a great time to start in preparing your home as well as your heart for a new school year! I wrote a post about the book in January, and the month of June would be a great time to jump in!

The kids are both reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. We cheated and watched the movie first, but I thought it would help with reading the southern dialect (even though we are from the south) and give an overview of the story. It’s o.k. to break the rules sometimes! I have a literature unit we are doing along with the book for enrichment. What’s really cool is two days after we started the book, an opportunity from the Review Crew opened to review another literature product using The Adventures of Tom Sawyer!

Crew Review News

I published an informational review the last week about I will also be reviewing some math games we have been playing from The Critical Thinking Company later this week. We’ve also been having fun with a few units from Supercharged Science. I got carried away with our microscope, and looked at what my dust bunnies looked like. The house will be getting a thorough cleaning soon! I love that I get to try new things that I may not have ever heard about, and passing the information on to you!

A Magnified Dust Bunny

One more thing to note is that it is Teacher Appreciation Week. Homeschool mamas are SUPER! High-fives, hand-claps, and hugs go out to each one of you! While our jobs go unnoticed by most of society, and even our own kids, I want to shout from the mountaintops that your selflessness, dedication, perseverance, and love is appreciated. You are making a positive impact, and YOU ARE YOUR KIDS FIRST AND BEST TEACHER! Never let anyone tell you otherwise! Be encouraged this week, and know that you are doing the very best thing you can ever do for your kids and the world!

That will round out our month. What have you got planned for the month? Are you winding down the school year, do you school year-round? Any last day of school fun planned? I love hearing about what other homeschoolers are doing and share ideas!

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