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Saturday, September 05, 2009


The Best Year Ever

This blog has not been receiving much of my attention over the past week.

I've been planning for The Best Year Ever!

That's what I'm calling the new homeschool year, which began on Thursday with a couple of half days before we switch our brains over to full school mode on Monday.

When school ended last spring, all three of us forgot that we were homeschoolers and quickly dove in to a summer of leisure time and house projects. Guess which one was on my daily schedule? And I actually finished most of my to-do list.

The kids did what kids do. They read, built sandcastles, swam at the rec center and in the lake, rode bikes, begged for McDonald's several times a week, and generally had the carefree summer that I've always felt children should have at this age.

It was only ten days ago that I realized the school year was fast approaching, and I wasn't ready for it. The basement classroom needed to be rearranged and cleaned out, having been a combination guest room and storage room over the summer. Shelves had to be built, baseboards finished, and a new computer set up for my suddenly computer-savvy middle school son.

It's amazing what you can accomplish while under pressure. The night before our first day of school, I was busily pushing desks around, loading new shelves with books and supplies, and arranging cushions in the corner for our mascot, the Napping Cat.

The only thing left to do that night was to get a good night's sleep. Which I did not do. In fact, that's the one big thing I did not accomplish this summer, a re-setting of my internal clock to become a morning person who could greet the new school day with energy and enthusiasm. After 30+ years of being a night owl, I guess I'm stuck being a night owl.

And that's why the expected whining and crying of the first day of school did not materialize from anyone except me. At 7:30am, my kids were like shiny little teacher's pets sitting at their desk ready for knowledge to be poured into their brains. While I was hitting the snooze button for a fourth time.

Thankfully, we start school at 9am, not 7:30. It takes me that long to build up a respectable amount of fake energy to get them started on simple subjects like spelling and vocabulary. After another hour, I'm usually recharged enough to move on to more complex subjects like history and science.

Regardless, these first two days of school went exceedingly well. Better than I expected, actually. My kids always surprise me with their willingness to jump back into a structured school schedule after a summer of fun and games.

I have high hopes, so I'm sticking with the plan of having The Best Year Ever. I hope yours goes just as well.


OpenID claresdad said...

Have a great Best Year Ever. We should try for that too.

7:27 AM  
OpenID claresdad said...

Have a great Best Year Ever. We should try for that too.

7:27 AM  
Blogger brettdl said...

Have a great school year.

9:57 AM  
Blogger Henry Cate said...

Good luck with homeschooling this year! We're hoping to get started on Tuesday.

12:37 PM  
Blogger HLiza said...

Why does that sound like so much fun to me? I can't help laughing at your sleepy teacher's image facing the high-spirited students..and you're the only teacher they have! Oh what fun to have a homeschool..can't imagine myself there anyway..with my temper and ability to derail from topics when I talk..he he

3:23 PM  
Blogger MarmiteToasty said...

good luck with this coming year and school...... our schools start back tomorrow after the 5 1/2 weeks summer break, not that we had a summer...... just my Jacob in school now, and thats college, he will have an 1 1/2 bus ride out to Sparsholt college each morning and evening to get there and back..... and at just 16 it feels to me like his first day of school lol..... my other lads all went to the local college so this is a bit different......


3:08 AM  
Anonymous Kelsi said...

Best of luck on your best year ever!

5:52 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

My bar is a bit lower. I'm just hoping to make it through another year.

7:01 PM  

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