Thanksgiving is a delicious memory, Christmas is quickly approaching, and now we are trying to figure out what we are going to do for school between now and the end of the year. I keep looking at the schedule of extra-curricular activities and wondering when we are actually going to get any “real” school done.
I counted up how many “engagements” my child has in the next two weeks. Whew, I might just need to pack a suitcase, an ice chest, and the sleeping bag! Twelve things to be present at between now and next Tuesday! Just when am I supposed to get school done?
Ok, so with that schedule in mind (did I mention we live 30 to 45 minutes from each of those engagements?) I’ve decided that our school schedule will run through December 20th, but we will have to do stuff that can be done in the car, or in short bursts.
I think we will be doing things like homophone games. I think that I will also have her do some other vocabulary exercises because I can print them out so they are easy to do in the car. Exercises like word search puzzles can be made using words from other subjects, like science, world geography, and health to keep those subjects fresh in her memory.
The other thing I think we are going to do is catch up on some of the reading that my daughter needs to do. Because she can carry a book with her in the car, and thankfully does not get car sick when she reads in the car, I’m hoping to put that time to good use.
I know that we should be doing a full schedule of school, including math (ugh!) for the next couple of weeks, but realistically, I love seeing the excitement that happens this time of year. My daughter is a young teenager, with the entire associated teenage attitude, and so the excitement and joy that is starting to “infect” her during this season is worth letting the “real” school slide just a little bit! January will be soon enough to hit real school in earnest.
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