It’s Monday! YAY! Oh wait…
I know, I know, it’s not a normal reaction to Monday. It’s not my normal reaction to Monday. But for this Monday, I will make an exception 🙂 You see, this Monday is the start of our new homeschool year. There is just something about the start of a new school year that makes my heart sing. Maybe it is all of the freshly sharpened pencils, or the brand new binders waiting to be filled, or maybe it is the potential growth that the new year brings. Whatever it is, I will revel in it because as we know, all too soon we will need a break!
So this year we are starting something new. I am transitioning us to a year-round homeschooling schedule. I have to admit this is something I never, ever thought I would do.
School year round, are you crazy?! I need a break, the kids need a break, what on earth are you thinking?!? But honestly, after reading about other people who are doing it, thinking about it, stressing out about getting everything done, and doing some more thinking, it makes sense. It might not always make sense, but it makes sense for us right now.
We have had some major life changes in the past year or two and our school year doesn’t look the same as it did when I only had one child to teach. This year, four of our children will be doing school. Granted, R will only be doing preschool, but still, it’s work!
I have modified our schedule to allow for a four day school week. Wednesdays are our grocery shopping day and as much as I would like to still do school on that day, it just never happens. (I’m not asking too much, huh?) So that leaves Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday as actual school days. This is what happened last year, but I didn’t plan for it so a lot of things I wanted to do just never got done. Now I am prepared! But, you know what they say about the best laid plans…
A lot of people follow what I have heard termed as a Sabbath schedule which is six weeks on, one week off. While I think this makes a whole lot of sense in theory, when I took a look at our year, it didn’t quite work out that way. So basically what I tried to do is plan around holidays, long weekends, and some weeks off where it made sense for us. And that, my friends, is one of the beauties of homeschooling. Find what works for you, tweak it, modify it, play around with it, and then go for it!
Who knows how this will work out for us, but I’m excited for it! Bring on the new school year!