Our "school" studies are done for this academic year. Thomas and Andrew are home from college, having finished exams; Matthew is done with two AP exams and breathing a sigh of relief. He still has the SAT to prep for in early June, but he's happy to have those exams completed; Joel has a geometry final yet to complete, but with our last day of co-op yesterday, most of his work is finished.
The end of the school year doesn't mean the end of learning. We just change gears a bit. The pace slows and there is time for other pursuits...or no pursuits for a little bit. Rest and a break at the end of a year of hard work well done are welcome. Sleeping, reading, hanging out with friends, eating home cooked food (for the college boys) refresh these guys that have all worked incredibly hard this year at their studies.
Thomas heads off to camp at the end of the month. Andrew will be around for this summer, working at his old job and tutoring French. Matthew will be in two plays between now and the beginning of July and will pick up his Greek studies. Joel will read, read, read (it's hard to keep that boy in books!) and be tutored in French by our resident tutor.
And me....well, I'll keep working on a project for Childlight, get my thoughts together for next years co-op classes (biology and advanced biology with lots of anatomy and physiology for my older students - I'm excited!), read, knit, and get out in the garden.
And just so those boys don't get bored - not really something that happens around here, but just in case - I can always put them to work, digging holes, moving azaleas, forking up the veggie bed, bringing me wheelbarrow loads of compost....isn't that R and R? It is for me.
And so, for the rest of this beautiful day, I'm out to the garden. Pictures later...