What We’re Reading–Medieval Times

I came up with the idea for this year’s summer school way back at the end of last August, while we were still only in the second week of school. This reading list came together very quickly after I came up with the theme, and we already had many of the books on it. I have to admit that it’s rather heavy on the British history side of things, but I tried to find at least a few things from other countries, too. Aside from Olympic years, I have definitely never planned summer school this far in advance, and I’ve been chomping at the bit to get started for months! (As always, at the end of the list, there are few non-literary items that fit the theme.)

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“All the support? Taylor, you’re a Sunday Protestant. You come in, you say ‘‘Hi God’, you sing a song, and you leave.” Reverend Skinner on Gilmore Girls

Art on the Square 2018

Between a very busy weekend schedule, and some rather unpredictable weather, I was worried that this was the first year since Ladybug was a baby that we weren’t going to make it to Art on the Square. But the weather cleared during a break in our schedule on Saturday, so we had a (fairly quick) walk around to see the sights.

There are always so many unique and beautiful things to look at!

One of my favorite things to do at Art on the Square is watch the artists at work…we were lucky this year, because there were three different women demonstrating their various crafts while we were there:

It’s always nice to see such big crowds turn out for this event!

Saying Goodbye to Elementary School

Today was Moose’s last day in elementary school. He started at that school when he was just barely three, in the early childhood program. After almost three full years of that, a year of kindergarten, and grades one through six, he is done. It was a bittersweet day for me, and kind of a reverse of his very first day there almost 10 years ago, because I cried when I picked up him up instead of when I dropped him off. There have been ups and downs there, especially in this last year, but it was familiar. The junior high is uncharted territory, and while change is hard for everyone, for a child with special needs (and his mother), it is downright terrifying. He is an awesome young man, and I know he will do great, but it’s still challenging to go forward into this new world!

2017-18 School Year–Week Thirty-Four

Yesterday was the final day of the 2017-18 school year!

We ended the year strong. Out of all of the combined tests over the last six days, which included geometry, biology, ancient history, sixth grade math, and spelling, no one scored lower than a “B!” I’m so glad we finished all of our subjects well!

We had an end-of-the-year field trip last week, to visit the “Destination Moon” exhibit that is currently on loan from the Smithsonian to the St. Louis Science Center. It is an excellent display, from the re-creation of a 1960s living room to the actual command module from the Apollo 11 mission, and everything in between! I know we’ll be going back to see it again before it moves on!

Yesterday was mostly a fun day (once the last of the tests were complete). We watched the Henry V section of The Hollow Crown. It was interesting to see it performed after having read it. The children also re-enacted part of Julius Caesar. And, as is our tradition, the children built a new Lego set to add to our architecture collection…this time, the skyline of Shanghai.

Up next is summer school. We’ll be studying the Medieval period this year…stay tuned for our reading list later this week!

The Linnean House–May

It’s been about a month since we last visited the Missouri Botanical Garden, and in that time, the view outside of the Linnean House sure has changed! The trees and bushes are finally fully green, but the flower beds by the reflecting pools are bare again, as they’re between plantings. I’m looking forward to seeing what will be growing there next month!