Summer Plans


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We have slowly been introducing...well, school back to our life. Ha! Yep, we took a break. We finished CC in March by the hair of our chins, and now are getting back into school for our summer session. We're in NC and it's too hot to do anything else during the summer afternoons here. So we stay inside, trying to stay somewhat cool, and do a little learning. Mornings and evenings are spent outside in the garden, or swimming, or just playing in the dirt. But by about 11:00, we head inside to avoid the heat.

Sara over at Classically Homeschooling is doing a series about re-building a homeschool, from the bottom up, in 13 weeks time. Her posts are lovely, and it's kind of what's been happening around here.

Just an aside, but you know what? Having a baby is hard. I can't decide if I'm just that much of a wimp, or if I would ever be able to do it well, but it's hard for me. When I finally come up for air again, I've lost a year and a half of my ability-to-do-things. I've gained much more, of course, and as soon as I write all of this I'm going to find out I'm pregnant again (haha), but it's so wonderful to be coming out of the raging hormones, irrational feelings toward ice, the debilitating weakness, and the inability to do anything other than nurse.

Ahh.

We are structuring our days, slowly and painLESSly, fitting in things that we want to work on, and taking away things that do nothing for us anyway. The TV has been silenced, and in it's place, we're reading, studying, doing art, playing with math, praying, singing, thinking, napping, and being peaceful. It's amazing how TV is such a crutch for me, but it doesn't bring any good to our family. I like being free of that crutch and moving on with life. You know, in order to fit the things in my life that I want to fit in, I have to make room by getting rid of the things I don't want. I can't get anymore things into my life, because it's already full, unless I clean it out.

So I'm cleaning out the things we don't need, and we're replacing those with our homeschool. The kids are listening to Percy Jackson books (eating them up, actually!), working on our multiplication tables with an app on Jeremy's tablet, singing hymns, reading D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths, spelling, and reading on their own (Eowyn started reading the Boxcar Children!). They have also been getting out the nicer art supplies and playing with those. (We've loved coloring with oil pastels.) Of course, we've also been doing a little memory work with Greek and Latin. Next week, my plan is to re-introduce some more memory work, mostly the CC timeline and get out the Saxon books again for some more formal math. We usually cover the timeline over the summer, along with math memory work from CC.

I always use summer school as an introduction to the next school year's curriculum with the fun stuff, like learning about Ancient Greek gods and culture through Percy Jackson. We love our summer studies.

I'm also working on our plans for the coming year. I'm getting excited; I love studying the ancients! What are you doing this summer? Have you already finished plans for next year?

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  1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has a hard time doing ANYTHING when I have a baby! LOL! I do not do that first year very well.

    We are continuing on with our regular homeschooling most of the summer, but with a very relaxed schedule. Studying the Middle Ages, Astronomy and doing lot's of art tutorials :)

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    1. Oh I love studying the Middle Ages! And one of these days I am bound and determined to do a full on Astronomy course, where we study the night sky once a week, but right now I'm not really all that willing to give up my sleep or their sleep.

      And I'm really glad to hear I'm not the only one too. Wimpy mothers unite!

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  2. Sounds like you have great plans, and I am with you on the television thing. It is such a good babysitter but not a good moral builder. We unhooked our tv at Christmas (we have done this before) and it is wonderful to not be able to just turn it on and watch stuff that isn't good for us. We still have it handy for DVDs and this is a treat now instead of the norm. Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays.

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    1. Yes, treat instead of norm! And a family event, so it's for everyone together.

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  3. Glad to be able to join in with the wimpy mothers as well! I had the hardest pregnancies and was sick everyday. It's a great idea to do school in the summer because of the heat! Thanks for sharing all of these great homeschool resources at #SocialButterflySunday this week! Hope you will link up again this Sunday :)

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    1. We should start a club! Thanks Kelly!

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  4. This was a really interesting post, and it sounds like you are enjoying how you are spending your time as a family :-) Our younger two also love the Boxcar Children!

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    1. Thanks Gwen! We do enjoy our time these days.

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  5. Wow, you sound so busy....and brave to get school going in the summer! I never could handle that, but I'm sure it's great to have a routine :) I hope it goes really well. Thanks so much for sharing at Together on Tuesdays!

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  6. It sounds like a wonderful summer homeschool session! My kids adore the Percy Jackson series. It's been a great introduction to Greek mythology. :-)

    Thank you for mentioning my rebuilding series. I'm thrilled you're enjoying it! :-)

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    1. Your series is so helpful Sara! I am so glad not to be alone!

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