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 http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/04/year-end-celebration/
Homeschool creative ministries http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/05/20/salt/
Homeschool color guard http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/03/16/silver-lining/
Homeschool Gardening http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/14/homeschool-gardening/
Our one day study on Hot Air Balloons http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/05/hot-air-balloons/
Our chalkboard wall murals http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/one-of-our-favorite-things-the-wall/