Friday, May 8, 2015

The Transition of Spring

Late spring is a time of transitions . . . of weather, of school curriculum, and of extracurricular activities.

I find it invigorating to be ending activities that perhaps have become overly familiar and starting some new ventures.

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Concluding . . . 

John's Boys' Club ended a couple of weeks ago, his and Mary's chess club ended today, and their swim class ends next Friday with their first swim meet. Margaret and Joseph's Younger Art Class ended a couple of weeks ago.

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Continuing . . .

Music continues ever onward:  piano for the older three, theory for John and Mary, and violin for Mary.

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New . . . 

This summer, Mary and John will be in Latin Choir for the third year in a row. Margaret will be in a Younger Children's choir. John will be in a painting art class while Mary will be taking a drawing art class.

(Sadly, no Shakespeare play for us this summer! We will satisfy ourselves with continuing to read Edith Nesbit's "Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare" [1907] at bedtime. The children and I highly recommend it, as evidenced by the fact that I overhear them starting to incorporate Shakespeare's drama into their imaginative backyard play.)

If all goes according to plan, John will be doing an 8-week soccer clinic this summer, and he will continue his altar serving, of course.

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None of this would be possible without Chris planning to give many rides to these events, as Mama has on her calendar to have a baby smack in the middle of all these summer activities.

We will continue schooling mornings through summer, as it's easier to maintain routine and go year-round with many short breaks. Despite these classes, which represent an hour here and there throughout the week, I think many afternoons will be spent simply playing in the backyard, something they don't seem to tire of!

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1 comment:

  1. That's so fun that John will be taking soccer. Is this at the Harris Y? It's fun when activities change up a bit.

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