The end of the semester is – although still some weeks away - within sight, and the boys are finishing up their regular schoolwork to focus on their end-of-the-year projects: three writing assignments (one fictional story, one argumentative comparison, and one biography), two larger history and geography projects (one on World War Two and one on The Middle East), one smaller (on 9/11 and terrorism), and two science projects (one on light and one on sound, and whatever these subjects encompass, e.g. photography or musical instruments). I find the middle of the spring semester is always a bit slow and difficult, but around this time – about five weeks to go - the boys seem to become more energetic, perhaps because they can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and usually manage to pull through well. I pray this last month will be productive and fun.
I have yet to start giving the boys formal grades, but at the end of the semester we will have a graduation ceremony where the best essays and projects will receive awards, and the boys accept their diplomas. I predict that incidentally, all three boys will receive the same amount of awards, and that their special efforts will be reflected and celebrated.
(I also predict that the teacher will receive a special treat, and that her efforts will be officially recognized over dinner in a restaurant of her choice.)