Awards on Ascension Day

It’s hard to believe, but the children just wrapped another season (and Turkey’s last), of singing with the Kantorei! As was the case last year, those choristers who completed certain exams received awards. Turkey, Bunny, and Ladybug upgraded the light blue ribbons that accompany their medals to dark blue. Moose received the white surplice this year, which is a huge achievement for him!

The medal is the same (and I still think it looks cool!), and I really love the color of the new ribbon!

I am very proud of how hard the children have worked at singing and learning about music!

2016-17 School Year–The End

And just like that, my ninth year of homeschooling is finished!

There wasn’t too much work this week. Turkey and Bunny took their last science test, and they both had perfect scores. We went through the study of “We Didn’t Start the Fire” that I had prepared. I think we were all surprised by how many of the pop culture references from the 50s that they recognized from watching I Love Lucy!

The only other thing we did this week was attend the final homeschool day of the school year at the Missouri History Museum. This month’s topic was war (particularly WWI), and how St. Louis was involved. We got to attend a flag folding workshop hosted by a retired colonel of the Air Force, which was really interesting. Not only did we learn how to properly fold an American flag, we also learned the meaning of each of the 13 folds. We studied propaganda posters from WWI, and talked about what kinds of emotions they were trying to stir up. There was a fun poppy craft, and an opportunity to write letters to soldiers. We missed the WWII rationing workshop, so I led my own workshop in that gallery, instead, which was interesting…my children had no qualms about serving liver and onions for dinner, but I have my doubts about whether or not they’d actually eat it!

This morning, Turkey, Bunny, and Ladybug built the Lego Architecture set that I had set aside for today. Since they visited Chicago last May, they had a pretty good idea of what the skyline looks like, and we were able to discuss the specific landmarks they built: Big Red (the CNA Center), the Bean (Cloud Gate), the Sears Tower (Willis Tower to some of you, I suppose), the Wrigley Building, the DuSable Bridge, and the John Hancock Center.

So that’s it for this year. Turkey and Bunny have now completed K-8 at home, and are looking forward to starting high school here in August, and we celebrated their eighth grade graduation with a trip to Starbucks this afternoon.

Ladybug has now finished fourth grade, and can’t wait to begin fifth grade in the fall. And Chickadee will be a kindergartener come August! Time flies here at Veritas Academy!

K to 8

I had to work to make this photo gallery happen. Back when we started homeschooling in 2008, I didn’t even really know how to put pictures on my blog! Because the pictures weren’t archived here, I really had to dig to find them, but here they are…Turkey and Bunny, together on every first day of school from kindergarten in 2008 through eighth grade in 2016!

And a final two pictures…Turkey and Bunny on the last day of kindergarten in 2009, and today, the last day of eighth grade!

This has been an amazing journey, that we’ve always taken on a year-by-year basis. But we’re not done yet…this fall, we begin a new homeschooling journey, as we begin high school here at home!

Mother’s Day Lunch

I knew that Turkey was planning a Mother’s Day surprise for me…it’s been pretty obvious that he was working on the logistics of it for weeks. But I didn’t know what it was, aside from the fact that it was something that would require Ryan’s assistance after church today. Well, I think Turkey did an excellent job!

He knows how much I enjoy sushi, and how unlikely I am to buy it for myself. So he and Ryan went out to buy me a special lunch today, and Turkey arranged it on the platter himself when they got home. He was also surprised, though…he didn’t anticipate that they would have heart-shaped sushi today! That made my lunch extra special, and was a treat for both of us!

Fourteen!

As hard as it is for me to believe, Turkey is fourteen! It seems like just yesterday that I was freaking out over him being a teenager, and now he’s just two years away from getting his driver’s license.

I think he had a nice day. He received several new Lego Minecraft sets, as well as a big Star Wars set he’s been admiring ever since we saw the movie in December. I tried out a new cake recipe at his request, which included my first-ever attempt at a cooked frosting. I’m always nervous to make something new on a birthday, but fortunately, it turned out great! It’s so exciting to see him turning into a young man before our eyes…I feel very fortunate to get to be Turkey’s mom!

First Day of School 2016

As you’ve probably guessed by now, today was the first day of our ninth year of homeschooling! This year, I’ll be teaching two eighth graders, one fourth grader, and a cute little pre-kindergartener!

As I traditionally do, I prepared the school room before I let the children see it. I handed out the schultüte and all of their new workbooks, placed some of the books we’ll be using this year around the room, and displayed the Lego set I purchased for this year:

I love our calendar…we’ve been using it since our very first day of school in 2008!

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Of course I had to take lots of pictures of my students!

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We didn’t do every subject, but we did get to work on the basics:

Turkey, Bunny, and Ladybug worked on building their new Lego Architecture set, a model of the Burj Khalifa:

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Chickadee doesn’t have the fine motor skills (or patience!) for a Lego set like that, yet, but she did have fun working with the pattern blocks!

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Here’s a look at this year’s arrangement of our school room:

And even though it’s not something I’ve done every year, I had Ryan take a picture of me with my students:

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Today was a great start to what I hope will be a great year of school!

Schultüte 2016

The children’s favorite tradition on the first day of school is receiving their schultüte. Here is what they looked like this year:

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It was a bit of a challenge to get Chickadee to refrain from opening hers before I got a picture!

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When he got home from school, Moose received one, too, and he was just as excited to open it as his siblings were!