Before I dive into details of our summer activities, I want to share a few events that brought our 2014-2015 school year to a close. We had a great school year!
Madeline received a trophy for completing a yearlong Bible memory challenge at our church.
I snapped this photo right as we were leaving for the girls’ piano recital. Can you see the fear on poor Madeline’s face? I so wish I had taken an “after” photo because as soon as the recital was over, she was back to her relaxed, bubbly self. We arranged a Mason jar of flowers from our yard (back when our flowers were looking decent….not so much any more) as a token of our appreciation for our piano teacher.
Our homeschool co-op put on a showcase for family and friends. The theme was “Drive-In Theater”. Each class prerecorded scenes from classic books and movies to be viewed by guests while enjoying drive-in favorites of popcorn and soft drinks. I think the grandparents especially appreciated the theme of the show as it was a fun flashback to their youth.
Abigail’s class put together a hilarious twist on two movie classics, The Sound of Music and Star Wars. Because the class could not decide when given the option of either film, they settled on combining the two. The students wrote a song for Star Wars characters to sing about some of their “favorite things”: lasers, tasers, and shining light sabers. It was really entertaining! Pictured above, Abigail models her Princess Leia costume.
Madeline’s class performed an abbreviated version of Peter Pan. When Madeline’s teacher assigned her the role of Wendy, she was terrified (remember the piano recital?). After several pep talks and a new dress, she eventually embraced her role and played a very sweet Wendy.
Wilton’s preschool class acted out Dr. Suess’s Cat in the Hat. Wilton and his friend Grant got to play the mischievous “Thing 1 and Thing 2”. I had the privilege of working with this class throughout the year and of all the memorable moments with these little ones, working on this production with them stands out as a favorite of mine. We moms laughed so hard during taping! Getting each 4 year old in the right place at the right time was both challenging and comical!
For our last day of school, we joined our co-op friends for an indoor field day.
We concluded our last day of school with an outdoor Memorial Day weekend concert and picnic that my parents invited us to that evening.
After all the activity of the day, nothing could have been more relaxing than lounging and listening to patriotic tunes performed by our city’s symphony orchestra. Pictured above are MeMe and Abigail.
Joel and Madeline are dining on a delicious, summery picnic that MeMe packed for us.
Wilton enjoyed getting to sit with Grandaddy.
Later that weekend we had our official year end family supper of spaghetti casserole, salad, garlic bread, and cupcakes. We took the opportunity to talk about the year: achievements, memories, what worked and what we would change the following year. We also gave the children their end of school gifts which I will tell you about in a future post.
These girls worked so hard last year, despite any challenges and obstacles that came their way. They really stepped up and I’m so proud of them each!
This little guy made great strides in several areas throughout the school year. He looks like such a big boy in this photo!
Abigail with our school principal. We couldn’t do any of this without Joel’s hard work and support.
And finally, dessert. We made Oreo cupcakes and lemonade cupcakes for our co-op party and, as is our custom, prepared plenty of extras for devouring at home.
Oreo cupcakes = ending the school year on a high note!!!