Nothing motivates me more than the realization that I have literally run out of time.
Here we are. Time for school to begin again. My Facebook feed full of pictures of people who have already gone back to school. The school district here started school on Monday. Other areas started last week. Pretty much the entire world is back to school.
But because I like to be contrary and because summer is too short. "How can summer be over ALREADY?? I don't WANNA go back to school." I refuse to start school before September. No matter how hard my kids beg I remain firm in my resolve to wait. August is my birth month and since there are no recognized holidays during the month, I have declared the entire month a holiday. Just for me! I also think it's silly to start school and then take a holiday after only a week or two. So, I don't start until after Labor Day. I also end by Memorial Day for the same reason. It makes it easy to mark the beginning and end of school each year.
Of course, I realized yesterday that I had done exactly zero planning for this year. I mean I guess I could put it off until Friday, or the weekend, or even early Monday morning for that matter. It has been known to happen. But for the sake of a wee bit of "organization" and sanity on my part, I thought I should give myself some idea of what we are doing before we do it. And maybe a few days for books to be ordered so that maybe they could arrive toward the beginningish of the school year.
Ahem. BTW if I can do this, anyone can. Don't tell me YOU are too disorganized to homeschool!!
Yesterday was crisis day. I spent all day googling and agonizing and researching and changing my mind and changing it again. When my husband called to check in, I was in the depths of despair. For some reason, waiting till the last minute ends up feeling stressful and rushed. What's up with that?
I always get sucked into whatever the "latest greatest" trend is in the homeschooling universe. Whatever program it is that "everyone" swears by, must be great. Especially if it costs hundreds of dollars. For one subject. Which is way over my budget for all subjects. But clearly it will be better than the one we are using, which works and we like, but we will obviously love the other one more and it will make my children automagically geniuses with absolutely no effort on my part!!! So says the internets!
After an entire day of that, I think I have finally decided for absolute really and truly, surely, kinda what we will use this year.
P.S. It's pretty much exactly the same things we used last year. Because when it works, why mess with it??
The Princess is in Kindergarten and the Peanut is in 2nd this year.
Many of our curriculum choices have been inspired by Angelicum Academy. We started out using their program and have since branched off a bit but as my kids get older I plan on going back to Angelicum Academy for at least some of the subjects. I really love their great books program.