Laura began learning to read and write this year! She loves school! It is so fun to have her for a student. It is strange to have such a "grown up" person as the "baby" in the family. No more preschooler around.
Laura loved her spring Sunday school class! Here she is with some of her classmates in their Pharaoh headpieces!
Rachel completed her first year of high school and is so excited not to be a freshman anymore! Tennis was a great sport choice for the spring. She had wonderful coaches who were so helpful, kind, and self-sacrificing. Rachel is looking forward to the next school year and to continuing on with her golf and tennis sports.
Rachel also plays violin in the school orchestra. They have three concerts a year.
Here she is at the spring concert:
The spring piano recital marks another year of music lessons.
The four older children have been taking lessons this past year.
This was Andrew's last recital as he is no longer going to pursue piano. But, Laura is going to take his place! She can't wait!
Our favorite is always the final song with all the students playing with their teacher.
Another of Laura's big accomplishments for the year was learning to knit. She is SO excited that she can do this on her own. :)
James continues to spend most of his free time making leather creations, various pieces of armor from cardboard, leather, wood, etc., or drawing:
This is his patchwork cape:
Our last day of school adventure was a trip to Terre Haute for a picnic and then a visit to the CANDLES Holocaust museum.
It was the perfect way to end our studies of World War II. The highlight of the visit was listening to Eva Kor tell her experiences of surviving Auschwitz and Dr. Mendele's twin experiments.
We could hardly believe the kids sat with rapt attention for two hours listening! It is such a gripping story.
The other educational pursuit of the spring has been soccer -- the four youngest kids participating! They all love it!
This was Laura's first year for soccer and she LOVES it!!! I'm still a little worried watching her run around in the heat. She is very determined and refuses to rest.
So I guess we'll have a lot of years of soccer ahead of us! And it is a joy to see that she is able to handle this amount of activity.