Tuesday, July 26, 2011

It's the Carnival of Homeschooling!

Well, the lazy days of summer are winding down, and it is time to start thinking about the fast-approaching school year.

The stores are loading up the shelves with the notebooks, pencils, and all the exciting goodies we homeschool moms love to see....and the kids often dread.

Towards the end of the school year, I will sit down and go through the next school year's materials. I'll do most of the lesson plans for the coming year, so when summer vacation comes around, Mom can be off too. But when that summer vacation starts heading into the last half, it is time to sit down with everything again and look it all over.

I'll count up how many lessons are in each subject...how many days a week should we do each?

I'll make out a tentative school calendar for the year.

And this year, instead of making my own weekly assignment sheets, I am trying out a pre-made planner system. I'll only have two students this year, since our daughter has now graduated. An 8th grader and an 11th grader...so I purchased the parent's planner, a student planner, and a high school planner. We'll see how it goes!

Planning and decision making continues through out the year, like decisions about picking teachers for subjects that you may not teach yourself.

Or making choices about homeschooling a chronically ill child.

Another thing I do this time of year, is organize all of my supplies. Now that all of the supplies are coming out "for cheap" what do I need? Where will I store it all?
I'm not the only one thinking about that as you can see at: CLEAN Homeschool HOUSE - Small Space Edition"

Summer provides lots of other opportunities though.

It gives moms some time for themselves, to think, reflect and be REAL.

It gives dads time to look at children's books and make some decisions about which to pick....sometimes that can be unfortunate. It just depends on how you look at it.

Speaking of books....summer gives us time to feed an addiction....a library addiction!

Even in the summer....homeschool fammilies often never stop homeschooling, planning or educating themselves or others.

It provides the time to write out plans and ideas for others...like for Ninth Grade Biology.

Or the importance of Studying the Ancients.

Maybe writing curriculum reviews.....All About Spelling

It provides the time for involvement and study of Civics as well.

Not to mention, being reminded about why we chose to homeschool to begin with...or maybe why we chose to not utilize the public school system.

Many parents are looking at ways to save money on homeschooling expenses in the coming year.

In some states, homeschoolers are looking for ways to keep busy....AND COOL!

But summer can't be summer without some fun...like fun playing with mud!

But you always know you're a homeschooler when....

Summer is not yet over....and there is plenty of time to still get out and enjoy nature!

How is your homeschool summer going?

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