I feel like a bit of a poser (poseur?) saying this, but here goes: this is the last week of school for the 2011/2012 school year! But...really? Can it be? I just don't feel like it was hard enough. Usually by the end of the year I'm a dragging mess of exhaustion, just begging for freedom from the early mornings and the homework marathons. And this year, when I expected to feel more exhausted and more of a mess, I feel strangely at peace.
Oh my gosh. That means we didn't do enough! We haven't done enough. Clearly. I should start panicking. I should make them do summer school. I should get out some flash cards or something, right?!?!?!?!
But then I had an idea. We'll find all the things they've written or drawn or created and put it together in one folder, including poems, stories, plays & field trip journals. We'll take photos of their ceramics projects and posters and put them in a digital file labeled with the school year. We'll make reading logs so we can relive all the fun books they've read this whole year. We'll go back through the pictures I've taken over the last 9 months and pull out the ones of science experiments and neat activities and field trips and add them to our record.
And right on top, we'll pop the results of our standardized testing (1 of 2 tests has already been scored and returned with very pleasing results), which we did voluntarily as Michigan has no annual testing requirement of homeschoolers.
Incidentally, we chose the CAT for this year, which is what I used way back in the olden days when I was elementary school aged. Because I was already familiar with the format and content, I knew I'd feel comfortable administering it and I felt confident it wouldn't take up too much of our time or make them hate the idea of testing altogether.
Then, every time I start doubting what we've got going on here, I can take out the folder or open the file. I can marvel that they've done so much in seemingly such a short amount of time. And I can say "Hey, maybe it's okay for a mom, every once in a while, to not feel like she was just trampled upon by a thousand angry bulls."
Do you have any last week of school traditions? How do you usually feel when summer vacation starts?