First, let me mention that Sunday is the anniversary of the first moon walk! This is a great opportunity to get remind your kids about history, and its importance to the nation. Maybe let them look at some videos of the first moon landing, talk about the race to the moon. The race to the moon was such a unifying mission for the country. If you need a bit more for your kids to do why not check out the Moon Landing spelling list.
Ok, so I have to admit that I am having a bit of panic as the new school year approaches. I haven’t gotten the music appreciation course lined up the way I wanted to. I thought the summer was going to slow down a bit on the extra-curricular activities (it did not!). I still haven’t figured out what foreign language program we will be using. I know the language (Spanish) just not how I am going to teach it. I thought I had more time but when I looked at the calendar yesterday to start planning my week I realized that the semester is starting in 2 weeks, and that there are a lot of extra-curricular things stuck in before the semester starts. Add to that the fact that my daughter turns 14 next week. All of this has left me a bit unsettled.
When it was time for me to look at our seventh grade homeschool curriculum, and even the eighth grade, I did not worry too much. After all, I knew what curriculum we were going to use, and I still had plenty of time before high school. I had YEARS before the stress and pressure of high school began. Suddenly, high school is two weeks away, and I am beginning to freak out!
To me, it feels a lot like the stress I felt when we began homeschooling over 7 years ago, in the middle of the 1st grade year. What if I miss teaching her something vital, something that will prevent her from getting into college? What if I don’t get all of the paper work, and all of the record keeping just right? What if my daughter can’t finish her courses in the allotted year, after all, our schedule has been really fluid up until this point.
From experience, I know that it is going to be ok. I know that my daughter will learn with the curriculum we have chosen, I know that the curriculum keeps great records for me, and that our cover school is very hands-off, allowing us to work through things at our own pace.
We are talking about my daughter’s future here…
College prep, ACT tests, the search for scholarships, guiding her to the right university, and the right degree, and the right career….
I am not going to panic…much!!!
How is your planning going for the coming school year? I’d love to hear about it?