Around here, schools either start tomorrow, August 2 or next Monday, August 9. And times like this remind me how blessed we are to be homeschooling! We shop the sales for good deals on school supplies, but we aren’t part of that mad dash between when the schools send out supply lists and the first day of school. (Walmart ran out of lined notebook paper! How does that happen?)
We will be starting school on August 23. I knew we wouldn’t be starting on the 2nd OR the 9th. The 9th is my birthday and there is NO WAY I’m starting school on or before my birthday! 🙂 Our usual tradition is to go visit my parents in Kentucky during Carter’s first week of school. That way, he can stay as late as he needs to and focus 100% of his time and attention on school… and we don’t mind and he doesn’t feel guilty! This year, we got back too late from our vacation to turn around and do that. So we will be going in mid-August. We’ll bring Mom back here to stay with us for a week. I have a PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) class to take and be recertified on the 19th, so she can watch the munchkins that day for me, too. So it just made sense to start the next week. Another benefit of homeschooling…. we can work school around the craziness of life in general, instead of working life around the craziness of school.
I’ve always said that I wish I could take a weekend and go *somewhere* … anywhere… to get away from day-to-day responsibilities (i.e. LAUNDRY… and meals…) and focus on school planning. I got the next best thing. We already had childcare set up for Thursday and Friday since Carter and I both had to work. We didn’t end up having any surgeries scheduled for Friday, so I stayed home, all by myself! I cleaned up from breakfast and then blocked out the rest of the house and focused on planning. I didn’t even stop for lunch. I got SO much done!!! I feel more ready for school than I ever have! Of course, I have more to do, but the main part of planning and scheduling is done for the first few weeks.
I feel the way I felt the year we did all of our Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving. Settled… immune from the frantic, last minute rush…. wondering why, oh, why, don’t I do this every year??