Following the knowledgeable Patty, I started to work through our calendar tweaking this way and that so that our school calendar allowed for more 'give'. Still allowing for our full 180 days, I found that starting even just a bit earlier allowed us to still take off when daddy's home (government holidays), Holy Days (if on a school day), Christmas break and a couple quarter breaks as well. And really, we were all kind of ready to get started any way.
A starting date and ending date were declared and I worked feverishly to complete the lesson plans for the days and weeks in between. Mission accomplished last week allowed me to realize that our first day of school on August 21st was achievable.
We began our SIXTH homeschooling year yesterday. Somehow that seems like a lot of years.
Each student received a book and a snack with a little note on their brand new desks.
While we started early, I thankfully learned last year that a 'soft start' made for an easier start for student and teacher. We'll again be slowly settling into schooling over the next several weeks and gradually adding in more subjects as the weeks go on.
The schoolroom helpers kept entertained with new books and long forgotten toys near the schoolroom.
My FIFTH grader:
My THIRD Grader:
My, how time flies! I keep thinking that I've got lots of time yet before the little girls start up, but in reality I'll be there before I know it.
Keep on enjoying these summer days. I know that we still will, even with the mix of schooling thrown in.