Co-op is over for the year, and there was much rejoicing! Final exams were yesterday and we celebrated last night with a Pizza Party instead of the usual big co-op production. I think we might be down to one large production a year now, unless someone with a penchant for productions moves in, because by the time April rolls around, I am worn out! But we have definitely run the race this year and finished well.
In spite of all the frustrations involved in co-operative teaching, it is very satisfying to look at a school year and see such tremendous progress with each child. It's good to step back and look at the big picture again because it's so easy to get caught up in the week-to-week chaos and conflict. But the big picture looks really good and overall, I am very pleased with the results of this school year. We still have another month of school, including standardized testing this coming week. This will be the first year in the history of our homeschool that all five children will have met their math goals for the year- no "math guilt" this summer! We have worked hard, and so help me, it better show on their standardized scores! :-)
We are spending the day in "recovery", and the kids are having piano lessons upstairs as I type. I am sorting through papers and notebooks to decide what to toss and what to keep for their yearly portfolios, and I hope to get all the textbooks put up on their proper shelves again. Paper piles seem to be a way of life around here, but at least this will make room for whatever new ones the summer brings. I also have to alter the length of the Philip's tuxedo pants for chorus pictures tonight- ugh- but this is the last week of rehearsals for that too. Just a little while longer- summer's almost here!
In other news, the six-year-old is no longer six; he is now a proud seven-year-old! We had a cookout at GranMartha's new place to celebrate, and then we brought cupcakes to co-op to share with his buddies. My baby is getting big.