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After a couple of weeks of everyone being sick, it was good to have a normal, healthy week. I wouldn't believe that we were almost done with the year if we weren't so ready for summer to come.
After Spring Break, I like to change up what our homeschool days look like. We ease back on learning new math material and focus on short reviews of trouble areas from the year. I drop our formal writing program and and allow for more creative writing and journal writing. If I'm thinking of doing any changes to next year's school week, we practice them between spring break and summer.
This year, most of my post spring break changes have to do with practicing new skills and subjects. My daughter turned six last month, so next year I want add narrations a couple times a week to her daily lessons. This means I am asking her to practice narrating what she read a couple times a week now. Next year, my son will be in 7th grade and will have to do his science lessons more independently, since he is outgrowing our family lessons. I am having him do some science readings independently to get used to doing science on his own.
This week I wrote about how to homeschool when you can't really talk, because I have some firsthand experience in that area. (I had a triple whammy cold-allergy-sinus infection that left me speechless!) I also wrote a few reviews on books that I read last month. If you're a reader, you may want to check it out. Three months ago I wrote about why we keep nature notebooks. My kids now call every bird they see a pelican just to get my goat, but their bird identification skills have greatly increased since the great pelican incident by the river.
This week's Finally Friday header photo was taken in California's Gold Country, outside of Plymouth, California. Normally, the hills have turned gold by this time of year, but they are still green because we have been so blessed with a rainy spring after a season of drought.