Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer Break & End of the Year Books

Ahh . . . summer.  I have a complicated relationship with summer.  I read about people in other parts of the country trying to keep up with all of the fun summer plans, knowing that I shouldn't be jealous.  That's April for us.  But April comes and goes so quickly, that I get kind of sad by June.  It's too hot to sleep in a tent.  It's too hot to do much of anything at all outside in the afternoons.  Life in the summer here just seems to slow way down.  This year, I'm ok with that.  We made good use of April and the rest of the year, so we're ready for a few months of slow.  No Plans.  Not even these.  Well, still cooking (learning knife skills), gardening, and hand sewing.  But that's it.  I'm leaving open space to breathe and be.  To freely choose how we want to spend each day, instead of having so many plans in place.  I also probably won't write here as much.  I'm thinking maybe once a week for the summer.  You're probably pretty busy enjoying your own summers anyway.  :)

So . . . that said . . . we have officially closed out our school year.  We filed away all of our papers, tossing what wasn't necessary and keeping a few samples to show off in a book.  We used the same forms as in last year's portfolio, and I made another photo collage as a reminder of projects and field trips.  I laminated the photo collage before adding  it to the rest of the book, but since we won't be looking through it regularly, I didn't bother laminating anything else.  I just put a cardstock cover and back and called it a day.

Coloring rush-job.
Can you tell someone else was in a hurry to close out the year?

So loving my ProClick.  Binders are bulky and weigh down boxes.  Spiral books are so much more convenient.  And the ProClick in particular is awesome, because you can easily add pages anywhere in the book.  The whole spine clicks open and closed.  That means I can start a preschool book for Harper, file away this year's papers and her collage, and add more to finish the book next year.  I also have an ongoing book for Ella's study of the states.  We didn't do them all this year, but I put the completed sheets in there, and we can add to it as we go through more states.

I'm going to make a planner for next year (I made a home & writing planner, but I need one for lessons), but I haven't decided exactly what I want in that one.  I'm not even going to think about it for another month or two.  Like I said, taking a break.  But I do know that I will want one.  It's so much nicer to have something exactly tailored for my needs, and one that is portable, lightweight (no bulky binders!), and can completely open up and flip to one page.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a summer to enjoy.  :)
I hope you all have a wonderful summer as well!


  1. Happy Summer!
    Room to breathe is important.

    (April is my favorite month!)

  2. Sounds like my kind of summer :) Enjoy!

    1. Thanks! I think this is the first summer we really take a break from everything. It feels pretty darn good so far!

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