Summer is decidedly over.
Tuesday is October 1, (!!!) and my children and I are already painting pumpkins and collecting acorns and making applesauce and eating pumpkin ice cream. Â It is fall.
And yet, we haven’t really left summer behind and gotten into the swing of our new homeschool year.
I joked about the beginning of our school year. If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen my tongue-in-cheek first week of school.
On the first day of school, we played in the creek.
On the second day of school, we ate ice cream at Hersheypark.
On the third day of school, we played a math card game.
A week or so later, we went to the county fair.
We did get in a few formal lessons during those early weeks, but then I had a three all-day meetings one week, we had a school picnic and another field trip the next week, we traveled to visit Old Grandma, and then my other grandmother passed away and we had to spend most of last week traveling.
And when I’m feeling stressed out and emotional? I don’t teach; I clean and organize and do laundry. It clears my mind.
Thus, we have been trying to start Day Seven of our school year for nearly three weeks now.
That is misleading. Grace has learned about a whole litany of things (wind power, impressionist art, post-impressionist art, caterpillars, toadstools, sequences and patterns, the Rainbow Loom, fractions, brain teasers, chemical reactions, etc, etc, etc.). I could list at least fifty things we’ve studied in the last month; we just haven’t gotten around to the actual Calvert lessons.
Do I seem worried about it? I’m not, really. I think informal education is preferable to formal sit down at the table stuff anyway.
We’ll bounce back from the interruptions in our schedule. We’ll bounce back from our emotional, tumultuous summer, and our fun fall. We’ll get back into a routine.
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