Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Preparing For the New Year

Where oh where did our summer go?
It seems like the time has flown by this summer and we really didn't go anywhere big or do anything spectacular this summer.  We mostly chilled at home and welcomed some guests for the 4th.  Went to places and events close to home and yet, here we are facing the start of a new school year.

Anyone else procrastinate?
I know the prepared home school parent has already checked their curriculum needs off on the list, ordered their supplies, and probably outlined the first few months.   I was going to do those things.  I really was.  Except I didn't.  I did do a shop earlier this summer and collected some more books to add to my potential curriculum pile, does that count for early bird preparation?  I also made sure I grabbed some of the hot school supply deals locally and we are in no danger of not being able to find a pencil or pen in the morning.

The rest of it?
I plan as I go would be the best way to describe it.  I know where we left off at the beginning of the summer.  I know which road we are taking in each course.  I have a rough road map.  So the first few days I will be faking it.  I will pretend I have outlined our year's worth of courses, books, materials, and learning supplies.  I will pretend I know exactly how we're going to get everything done by the end of year.  I will pretend I know already what we have to cover, what is optional, and what is just for fun.  

This post was to?
This post was to encourage all parents that are home schooling this year.  It doesn't matter how much you have organized or not organized, school is approaching quickly.  You will be ready.  You will smile.  You will laugh.  You will enjoy your children.  You will get the important things done.  Don't stress.  Don't worry.  Just enjoy these last few moments before the craziness of the new school year and impending deadlines take over.   There's still time (especially if you know you are terrible at preparing and are an Amazon Prime subscriber - 2 day shipping! See I DO know how to plan ahead!)

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