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July 31, 2007

It's that time of year ...

... when I would normally be up to my eyeballs in planning the school year.

I love to plan. Planning is calming. It is so nice to see everything laid out and lined up so neatly on paper, like little blocks of perfection. Thankfully, years ago I learned that although I love to plan, it ends there; I do not love actually making the plan a reality. And that's fine. I can indulge my love of planning, and then feel free to toss the plan aside and do something else. Just because I love to plan does not mean that a highly-structured plan works for our homeschooling.

This year, I don't even have the urge to plan. Nope, that urge is just not there. Nor is the urge to actually start school. This is the first year we've ever taken a summer break, and now that we're into it I really have no desire to stop it.

Well, mostly no desire.

Although what we do in our homeschool works well, we did get into a rut there by the end of last year. I believe in what we're doing. What we're doing works. And yet ... it was a rut and I was bored. A bored Mama teacher is never a good thing. Frankly, any time you are bored with your homeschool, that should be a huge signal, in flashing neon lights, with sirens and the Hallelujah chorus, that you should Do. Something. Else.

If you are bored, imagine how your kids feel.

And yet ... I don't want to change anything. Like I said, what we're going works. So.

So we're easing back into school, although the "s" word hasn't been mentioned in earnest yet. It's not "school," it's reading on the deck. And it's science. Yes, folks, we are doing formal science this year: Singapore's Interactive Science for Connor and Aidan, and R.E.A.L. Science Project Life for the little kids. (Interactive Science is meant for 7th graders. I gave Aidan the option of doing that with Connor, or doing the R.E.A.L. science with the little kids. He opted for the more challenging science. Gotta love that kid.)

I figure we'll do science solidly for a few weeks, and slowly ease into math, Latin, etc. I find myself most reluctant to jump back into Classical Writing, which is odd because I love that program passionately. However, it is a lot of work, and I'm not really interested in work right now. No ... the sun is out, the sky is blue, it's beautiful, and since there's no one around here named Prudence, I'll just say that Michigan summers are not conducive to "work."

We picked berries today. It was hot.

Posted by lynx at July 31, 2007 10:38 PM

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Oh, I KNOW the feeling.....I'm not ready to start back...but in order to have our summer off again next year, I must. We start back in 1.5 weeks.

Posted by: Pensguys at August 1, 2007 9:49 AM

Know the feeling, though I wish I didn't. I'm feeling lazy this summer, which is bad because I count on the summer months to make up for the winter funk that rolls around every December. And CW is the program that's gotten the least attention from me. We haven't hit our groove yet with CW-Homer. I know it will be better as soon as we do, but we have to work through this part to hit our groove, and I don't wanna. :P

When you have a chance, I would love to hear more about Singapore's Interactive Science and how y'all are liking it.

Posted by: KathyJo at August 1, 2007 2:30 PM

That's funny. I just finished planning our school year myself. I LOVE planning, but I'm flexible about implementing said plans. We do school lightly in the summer and I'm just not ready to start back in full yet. We'll probably start after Labor Day as that is when most of our co-ops start.

Posted by: Rebel at August 1, 2007 3:05 PM

I second KathyJo's request. I'd like to hear more about why you chose Interactive Science and how you use it.

Posted by: Rose at August 16, 2007 9:15 AM

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