Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Start Date Looms

I know it's not even the end of June - and if we're being particularly specific, summer just began - but our 2012-2013 school year begins in two weeks.  July 9, to be precise.  I'll be updating the curriculum link shortly, but I have to say that I'll be ready to get back to school when the time rolls around.

It's not so much that I'm all done with summer; it's more that I'm ready to get back into a school-ish routine.  M1 has still been getting up with the birds, and M2 is up shortly after.  Without something to do, M1 is the full-on embodiment of the old adage, "Idle hands are the devil's playground."  (Poor kid... he's hexed with the curse of his mother.  I don't know how many times my own grandmother applied that particular epithet to me in a vain attempt to get me to leave my sister alone.)  M2 has lost all semblance of ambition and hasn't properly practiced her violin in weeks.  Both of them think the perfect afternoon means lounging on the couch and either bickering or begging me to turn on the television.

Clearly it's time to regain a sense of purpose.

With that in mind, I've whipped the homeschool cabinet into shape and created a new 'art closet' out of our coat closet in the living room since I had to take all the art supplies out of the cabinet in order to fit all the curriculum for both kids in there.

I love newly-organized cabinets.

And I really, really want a school room.  But for now, let the countdown begin.


Anonymous said...

Oh, I want a school room too! But I have to wait. :)

We school year-round, and I give my son about a month off in the summer. That allows me free time to plan for the next school year, which generally starts each September. We'll start in October this year, but it works. While my son is with his dad, I'll give him July "off" to adjust and enjoy a vacation in the U.S.

Then he can finish up some 2011-2012 work at his dad's, and delve right into 2012-2013 when he gets here.

Yes, sometimes it's that sense of purpose and routine that is really needed!

Addlepated Monkey Mama said...

Looks great! I'm itching to go get some shelves at IKEA so I can get our books better organized before we start up again in August.

How do you think M2 will transition to homeschooling?

Mom on the Verge said...

I love art supplies. My motto on art is, "If you leave it out, they will come..."

I feel your pain. Most people dread having their kids home, and we homeschoolers scoff. Until our own kids are idle. Then all heck breaks loose.

We haven't quit for the summer yet! We take so many random Fridays off, that I don't hesitate at all to work them into July. I'm giving them five weeks off for our three week trip, then we're back on. It's not like they're hoeing the corn or something. I figure the rest of the world is busy, get to work!

Sarah said...

I think that M2 should transition fairly well. She's had some days off of 'regular' school where we've done bits and pieces of work, and she's seen what M1's days are like. She knows it won't be a cake walk. I think the hardest part for her will be not having a set lunch/recess break each day. We'll see!