The other truth too is that our schooling method and schedule is not traditional so I have a hard time justifying the (traditional) months off when in my heart I know we didn't kill ourselves the rest of the year. We take it all pretty easy.
It's like driving a stick shift - we have about 5 gears. We go through all of them and sometimes it's neutral or even reverse. Ah well.
In principle I am opposed to long breaks from learning. It implies we start and stop learning,which ya'll know isn't how I roll. We may stop and start certain textbook subjects but learning, reading, etc. does not stop. I think habits and discipline also don't take looooongg breaks and probably aren't formed well if a 1/3 of the year is taken off from them.
I am very happy to report Taylor is about 3 weeks into her 9th grade work! William is finishing the 2nd grade - mom is not counting the days to quit, mom isn't on verging on a breakdown.
I cleaned, sorted and organized our books today! Love it! Out with old, in with new - made notes for what we need to do next, did some lesson planning for summer. I listed some stuff on half.com that we aren't going to use. I pulled some books we are going to read this summer for the book box. Only William has a book box now really. Taylor tears through them, Corey is done except for exams. I'll talk about that in another post. I have my list of things to get and it's SO short. It's like 3 items LONG!! yeah!!!!
The next project this week, is my assessment of our work for the year. I am making notes as I of work completed, books read, and recording Math and Science grades, on paper which will probably get lost before I do anything concrete with it.
There is a truck load of stuff to do around here. You know a couple weeks ago, I had 5 yds of mulch delivered. It was dumped in my driveway and it smelled a lot like...well, manure. That pretty much describes everything. Laundry, and mopping up muddy paw prints, pantries that need straightening, a garage to clean out. yeah, yeah I'll get there eventually.
I am continuing the quest for Simple. I made serious progress today.
My classroom, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen have to be squared away. When they aren't then I'm uneasy. They aren't always clean - ha! But those are the areas I'm realizing I need to focus on for my own peace of mind.
Back to business!