This summer, we took our first long break, 1 month. In our homeschool history, we have never taken off that extended period of time from classes.
This break started off as one week (we do school for 10 weeks, then a one week break, generally). Well, heading into this one week break, I really had it in my mind that it would be two weeks (I just didn’t tell the kids til the week was almost over).
Then, the two weeks turned into three, and then three into four.
About half way through the break, I did plan out our school calendar, when we’d start and finish, in sha Allah. And I did start a little planning, but other projects I was working on took up most of my break.
Our school year this year started last Sunday, August 1, as planned. For not having planned too much, it started off pretty well alhamdulillah. Most of the kids did something the first day and ever since. My 12 year old, the one I struggle with the most, hasn’t done any formal school since we started this year. He’s my engineer and has been making cardboard creations, listening in here and there to me reading history or a news article to another sibling.
Today, I am really starting to work out the nuts and bolts about our admin, how they will turn in their work, making folders to keep their class information handy, etc. I’m hoping once I get this worked out, in sha Allah and get a few weeks planned out, I’ll be able to turn more attention to my 12 year old. Right now, I just try to extract out as much learning as I can from the activities that he does do. He’s very good with visualizing the mechanics of things and then creating something amazing from them. Then, he likes to talk about them and so we get into a little science sometimes.
Well, I had meant to talk a little about our organization, but became a little long winded, so in sha Allah in my next post, I’ll share what we’re starting out with as far as getting organized.