Last week was pretty hard, though. In fact, if I had had to make a decision on Tuesday if I wanted to continue homeschooling or wanted to send Reilly to public school, I would have chosen to send her to PS. Yes, the day was THAT hard. But, we got through it - with a lot of prayers and some crying thrown in for good measure...her and me both - and forged on and I really think that this week is going to be great!
Thursday was the hardest day of all, but in a way completely unrelated to school. We had to take our little dog, Joey, to the vet and have him put to sleep. It was very sad for me and Troy, and for The Kids as well, although I think their sadness was mainly because of seeing their parents upset. I wrote a post about Jo over at my other blog, if you'd like to read. So, when we got home, I didn't really feel like teaching a whole lot, but I felt that at least trying to keep to our routine would help, so Reilly made a diorama as part of her Learning Language Arts Through Literature lesson. She had so much fun making this diorama that it completely made up for the bad days we'd had earlier in the week.
She was to color and cut out the little pictures of the characters from the stories she's been reading and then make some kind of scene with them. Now, as you look at the pictures, I'll admit that I came up with the idea for making the barn, and I showed her how to use little cardboard strips to set up the figures, but she did everything else on her own. She was so proud of her work that she took it to karate that night to show it to her friends, The Cox Girls.
Then, of course, Supey had to get in on the action!
"La, la, la...I'm an ejookated kat. Look at me, ignoring you..."
"Oh, hey, are there any ducks in that pond?
So, there's the final product! I was so proud of how well she worked and the thought that she put into it. (Now I just need to figure out what in the heck to DO with it!) Our homeschooling group is doing a science fair and Reilly really wants to participate. I'm looking forward to watching her work on her project for that. I'm pretty sure she's going to have a lot of fun!