It’s time for school to start! Where did the summer go?
Well, I actually do know where my summer went, and I also know that I am not ready for school to start.
It has been wild around here. My daughter started piano lessons, and went from riding lessons once a week to riding lessons twice a week AND a horse show every Saturday. Did I mention that each of those things is 45 minutes to an hour from our house? And now, having qualified for the state horse show, we have that to get ready for.
Oh, and we have been doing the Time4Writing High School Paragraphs course. (Stay tuned in the next couple of weeks for a review of that!)
In addition, we live on a farm where we grow a fair amount of our food, so there were tomatoes, peppers, corn, beans, apples, pears, grapes, muscadines, and more to process and put away. I’m just not dealing well with having farm produce to put up. (I grew up in the city, still getting used to the seasonal aspect of living in the country!) Sometimes I need it to wait until next week, and it never waits!
Did I mention that we also had a couple of 8th grade courses to finish up so that my baby can officially start high school this fall?
….High school!!!! I’m f.r.e.a.k.i.n.g. o.u.t.!!!
Fortunately, we will still be homeschooling, and we will not be changing curriculums, so that will be a “known” in our homeschool.
I feel like time is just getting away from me, and I need a breather. School doesn’t even officially start for us until the beginning of September. However, there are a couple of things I wanted to remind you of, whether you are a new homeschooler, or a veteran homeschooler, looking for a kindergarten online curriculum, or a high school dual credit course.
1. Don’t forget to take advantage of your state tax free school supply weekend. It has already passed for some of you, and some states don’t have it, but it is worth checking. I know in my state it is a 10% savings, and every little bit helps.
2. Take advantage of the back to school sales. Yes, even as a homeschooler you need to buy supplies and you should do it while the supplies are relatively cheap, and readily available. Seventy sheet notebooks that cost maybe 20 cents now will cost you a dollar in January, and you will be lucky if you can find a pencil box in January. So please shop now for supplies you might need.
3. Connect with other homeschooling families and get some field trips and social outings planned. Fall is a great time to take field trips, before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. And having other homeschooling parents to lean on for support, advice, and comradery makes getting back in the swing of school less taxing.
So let’s get “not-back-to-school” as some homeschoolers call it, and happy homeschooling!