We made it...well almost. The older 2 boys (in public school) are done for this school year. They finished out 8th and 9th earlier today. The younger 3 (in homeschool) still have a few more days and then we can cross of Kindergarten, 2nd, and 6th.
It has been a good year overall. There were a few days, for each of the kids, that were a little slower than others but overall and collectively they made it.
Glenn made it through his first year back in public school after being in homeschool from 5th grade on. Alot of people thought it was a bad idea when we started talking about school options, he wouldn't want to go back to school and he wouldn't have the motivation to make it but he did. I was a little stressed about it when it came closer to the school year starting this past fall, only because the reason he was in homeschool was because he was bored at school and had attendance issues. He has also changed his career interests from Engineering to Biology. Not sure which way he is going to go in the Bio field but we are looking at all of his options.
It was a little up and down for Ben with getting into fights and not putting to much effort into his time management. He has so much potential but he disregards it. It has been a struggle, not just this year but for years now. I told him he better get all the nonsense out of him by the end of this school year because if he starts high school in the fall and gets into trouble he will be pulled out. He is signed up for cross country so he will start running a little more over the summer weeks to get ready.
Both the older boys have volunteering they are doing over the summer. As of now they have are volunteering at The Great BrainWash in August and have orientation at Habitat for Humanity next week.
As for the younger 3....Tierney wants to go back to public school in the fall but the middle schools around here are just yuck. She loves the social aspect of school, always has. I have talked to her about possibly doing her 7th year over the summer via homeschool and in the fall staying in homeschool, completing 8th and being able to start high school with her brothers the following year but no decisions made yet. I will leave it mostly up to her. If she goes into public and its too much trouble then she can always come back to homeschool. Garrett and Emmaleigh will continue with homeschool till, as of now, they start high school. I hate that the middle schools in Florida seem to be so neglected. It's like they teach all the basics in elementary and get you liking school and then you are sent to middle schools, which are oversized daycares in my opinion. I just think that the middle school years are where alot of molding takes place, alot of kids trying to be their own, and there is no support for that. This is a story for another post, not an update though.
I am proud of all the kids. They all did great, and the years seem to be flying by quicker and quicker. The summer just started and it already feels like it is going to be over in a blink!
Are your kids out for the summer?