It Begins: School Prep

I decided we will start school this year on August 15th.

Why?

Because I am crazy, that’s why.

And because there are some fun things and a 10 day family vacation scheduled within the first 4 weeks of school that are going to interfere with academic time. I HATE being behind – and secretly I really like being ahead – of the public schools around here. They help me pace myself. I’m afraid I wouldn’t start school until mid September if I didn’t roughly follow their schedule. (Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I suppose.) But as it is, I usually start with them and end a month or so ahead. It works for us, at least. (We don’t take as many days off during the school year also.)

Seeing as I was starting to hyperventilate over the amount of work that will go into teaching 3 grades and 9 subjects at the same time (AHHH!!!), I started working on the first week’s plan. And then I took deep breaths and told myself… “One bite at a time. One day at a time. If it isn’t working, just make some alterations. It looks scary right now, but you did almost this exact thing last year and you can do it again this year.”

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The first couple weeks of scheduling are kind of overwhelming for me. But then, of course, we get into our routine. Scheduling becomes easier because it is all predictable. I realize, again, that this is all doable and, quite honestly, really enjoyable.

And it develops patience. Patience I will need for the children, and patience I will need for myself.

I organized the craft supply closet and restocked it at Walmart. (Hopefully I won’t need to go back for supplies all year long.)

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How about that? Dante, Charles Dickens, The Real George Washington, and a small library of USSR and Communist China books are stored with craft supplies. We have a storage space shortage here.

I organized the school books and have read through or looked over the first chapters of most of them.

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Just the top shelf and the yellow/orange books on the bottom right. The other books on the bottom left are some from last year.

I’ve got a plan for how to make things run more smoothly (as in prepping now what I can instead of the week before the lesson. This should make weekly lesson planning much simpler.)

I’ve compiled a list and made a plan for our first major history unit of the year – the American Civil War. The book list includes 32 highly recommended books – post to come later in September or October.

I even made myself a binder! (look at me, all organized and on top of stuff. I’m so proud.)

Anyway… a week and a half left of summer and then ready or not (don’t worry, I will be ready) here we go!

 

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