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#5thOnThe5th: The First 5 Weeks

5th on 5th seriesWe’ve made it through the first five weeks of our new school year and it’s been slow, but full.
The first day of every new school year never goes as planned and this year was no exception.

Seriously! In all the past 8 years of homeschooling I have never struggled so much at the beginning of the year.
Maybe it’s because we didn’t have  the usual  “snowball start,” as there were a few other people we studied to wrap up our Black History unit study from 4th grade.
I thought that it would have been perfect to save George Washington Carver for when we would have our family play with peanuts tournament, Martin Luther King Jr. for week of the city MLK Unity Parade, and Zora Neale Hurston for the week of the annual Zora festival in nearby Eatonville.
But, maybe it was a little too much too soon.
We survived. We made it through. Not as enthusiastically as I would prefer. But we made it. And that’s cause for celebration.

KC set up workstations for himself, working his way through each task around the table

We celebrated our newly renovated local library reopening by packing up and camping out there for the whole day. I think it was a great experience because it forced the boys to rediscover different areas of the library since everything was restructured. We really liked the new compact shelving system. KC & KJ were disappointed the children’s and juvenile section didn’t get the upgraded shelving system, but I’m thankful the Librarians chose to avoid the possibility of any children “accidentally” squashing another child in-between shelves.

FunSpot  +  GatorLand  =  GatorSpot

However,  I would definitely say that the ultimate highlight of this whole month was our unexpected field trip to FunSpot. We heard about the opportunity for free unlimited-rides armbands if you made it there for the ground breaking ceremony for the all-new GatorSpot attraction.
It was too HUGE to miss.

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2 boys, 2 gators

When the Gator handler realized they were twins he called for the other handler to bring over his gator because “twin boys need twin gators.”


Until next time, remember:
You’re Growing Greatness.


#5thOnThe5th: The 5th Day of 5th Grade

 We’re Celebrating!  It’s the 5th day of 5th grade.

5th of 5th bike ride
With an afternoon bike ride.

If you’d like to keep in touch with how that happens this year,  5th on 5th series
I’ll be keeping this series going on the 5th of each month.

Until next time, remember:
You’re Growing Greatness.

#5thOnThe5th: A New Year

5th on 5th series
It’s January 5th, 2015 (1/5/15) and it is the first day of 5th grade for KC & KJ here at MunroePalms Learning Centre. As usual, the 1st day NEVER goes as planned. So even though what I planned was short and light, to be followed by a trip to the Botanical Garden for a nature walk. We did not make it to the botanical garden.

What Happened?

Well, we began our day with a nature study of a different kind. When MrC. attempted to place the box of  Christmas decorations in the storage shed he discovered a couple of frogs had made themselves a winter hideaway. He immediately solicited the twins’ assistance in gently evicting these special guests. They were successful and made a comfy place for the little amphibians in a bucket. I observed from a safe distance.
After that excitement settled down I  was able to  make progress on  reintroducing the CORE 3:  Bible, Math,  & English. Then, MrC. surprised us  all  with a trip to the pet store for new fish.
5 fish for 5th grade.

Since we didn’t have time to drive across  town to the botanical garden, I took the  boys to one of the parks close by. But, I didn’t realize that both boys also brought along their reading books. As soon as we arrived KC & KJ sat on the swings reading.wpid-wp-1422868706587.jpeg

Seriously! I had to confiscate their books and tell them to “Go Play!”

Until next time, remember:
You’re Growing Greatness.


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