I am a big advocate of schooling all year long. I know that it sounds mean, and there are definitely times that we take breaks (everyone needs a break!), but it is what works for us for right now. I bet that you school all year and you don’t even know it. If you bring your kids on educational trips to museums during the summer, that is school, nature exploration, that is school, workbooks in the summer, reading to your children. All learning, all the time!
Every year we have a definite “start” date for school though. Typically this is after Labor Day for us. I like to get out every bit of summer weather we can.
However, this year, I have decided to start school early; this week to be exact, the first week in August. It seems completely un-natural to me.
Why are we starting so early? Well, with the addition of a new little one at the end of October, and our usual desire to take off between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I figured we should get the ball rolling with more of our formal schooling, earlier.
The kids seem to be ok with it. I think because they are still very little, and enjoy the school that we do during the year.
It will be a slow start. I will still have my mother’s helper here two days a week, for a couple more weeks, so our school weeks will be shorter, but we will get a jump on the seat work that I want to accomplish before the new baby arrives.
I have been rushing around, trying to make sure that we have all the supplies we need, and getting all of my planning pages done so that I have an easier time with schooling two babes this year, in two completely different cores.
That is why I am happy that the back-to-school sales are already happening! While it may seem early for some (it is awfully early to see those displays in July around here), it has made my planning a little bit easier because I don’t have to wait around to find what I am looking for!