The highlight from our week was Graduation/Achievement Night. My daughter and I were on the decorating committee for our homeschooling support group’s year end celebration.
We had an expected head count of 120 guests for the reception. We planned for more, which was a good thing because we had close to 200 guests attend!
SALT (homeschool creative ministries) and Silver Lining (homeschool color guard) performed for the night’s entertainment.
As part of this celebration, families set up display tables featuring awards, photos and projects from the year. This was our homeschool’s display.
Also, as part of the celebration, parents present their kids with awards for something well done during the year. These are the ones my husband presented to our kids.
He gave our homeschool a history award for our unit studies of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
E17 received Honor Roll and Supergirl awards.
B15 was awarded for “Scriptural Character Studies and Application”. J10 earned the “All Around Improvement” award.
Z7 was given the “Independent Study” award. I wasn’t left out of the awards. My family gave me one too, “Computer Achievement”.
Saturday morning we awoke to a flash flood! Our front yard looked like this.
Our back yard was worse.
The water poured into our cellar and flooded our garage. Thank goodness we had access to a pump. It took nearly 6 hours to get the water out from under our house.
We were quite concerned about our garden when we saw it. Our pepper plants were partially uprooted and leaning over. The box floating away in this photo was our homeschool’s weather station. I’m still not sure where it ended up. We found some of our yard things in the empty lot on the next street over, but not the weather station.
By Sunday afternoon, all looked fine. The yard barely even had a puddle left in it.
The garden recovered from the down pour. We even have some baby tomatoes and peppers growing now.
Monday and Tuesday we put summer school on hold to dry out some of our things we had stored in the garage. Our Christmas books got the worst damage, but most will be alright. We feel blessed not to have had more ruined.
June 5 was the anniversary of the first hot air balloon flight (1783). Last year as part of our summer school calendar studies Z, J, and I decided to learn everything we could about hot air balloons. Last year’s lapbook made a good review for us this year.
We are hoping for the upcoming weekend and next week to be uneventful and peaceful. And maybe we’ll start a new art project for our chalkboard wall. We erased the last mural and now our kitchen/school room looks very plain. I’m thinking we need something summery and fun, maybe a summer camp scene?
Here’s the links to related posts:
Year End Celebration https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/04/year-end-celebration/
Homeschool creative ministries https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/05/20/salt/
Homeschool color guard https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/03/16/silver-lining/
Homeschool Gardening https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/14/homeschool-gardening/
Our one day study on Hot Air Balloons https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/05/hot-air-balloons/
Our chalkboard wall murals https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/one-of-our-favorite-things-the-wall/
Can’t wait to see your next chalkboard wall creation! 🙂
Right now, it looks a lot like a few tic tac toe games 🙂
Wow. What a week! I hope the rest of June gives you a chance to relax and enjoy the beginning of summer. Congrats on the successful evening; good luck with the challenges!
Thanks Becca 🙂
Not sure where my comment went….but…wanted to say glad you were able to pump out the water and that the garden was not a loss. I saw over at Homegrown Learners that you guys will be doing American History…we are also…would love to share ideas….websites…etc…
Melissa @The Joys of Home Educating!
Yes I would love to share Am History ideas. I’ll be visiting you soon.
Wow on ALL THAT WATER! Right up the steps! How fortunate though that you didn’t sustain a lot of damage or lose valuables! Love the idea of family homeschool awards!
It was amazing how fast all that water drained away! We like giving awards to the kids as much as they like receiving them.
Your Graduation Night looks terrific. Hope we get to do something like that some day. I’m glad you didn’t have much damage from the flooding. It must be a little frightening to wake up to something like that! Hope you have a terrific weekend.
Thanks Maghan, you have a good weekend too! 🙂
I’m so glad no more damage was done and that your garden pulled through! I do hope you’ve had a peaceful and calm start to this weekend!
So far so good, Sylvia. Hope you have a good weekend too!
Stopping by from Collage Friday.
We’ve had an unusually we season here as well. Our garden is thriving, so far. We are needing to heat up and dry out, though.
The graduation sounds terrific! I’m curious – are the presentation tables just for families of graduates, or all families in your group? This is a wonderful way to wrap up the year and show off a bit of what you’ve accomplished throughout the year.
Hope you have a quiet and uneventful week 🙂
The presentation tables are for all families, not just the grads. It is a wonderful way to show off a bit. Hope you have a good week, too. 🙂