It’s that time of year again. The “end of summer” & the beginning of “school”.
Not for us.
We are on our own schedule since homeschooling last year. Our summers last a little longer (until September 23rd, at least, as they should be) and our official school year doesn’t begin until, well, until I say so. (Reason #789 why we homeschool.)
This is our first year reporting as homeschoolers. What does that mean? We had to send of Letter Of Intent to our district and wait for their response, at which time we sent our IHIP (Individualized Home Instruction Plan) with a nice overview of what we plan to teach our little first grader this year. Lofty goals.
One thing I like to do all the time, whether it be part of schooling or not, is talk with the kids about what they want to learn. Maybe there is a long-term goal attached, maybe just a short-term. Their answer could even be something as simple as “learn to whistle” or “I want to make pizza”. No pressure, only a way for me to keep up-to-date on what’s going on in their little minds.
This is our current list. We will add to it and take away from it as the year progresses. The plan is to start next week along with the rest of the education system, but we likely will let the summer linger a few more weeks and enjoy visiting places like the zoo & the museum so we can have them all to ourselves. (Reason #790 why we homeschool.) We are somewhat structured/somewhat unstructured, or “unschoolers” in our home instruction. The kids have been dipping into learning all summer and we will continue to do so until we feel the need to be a little more structured. (Reason #791.) There are some great ideas here on this list. Our children are now almost 6, 4 1/2 and 2 1/2. I like their goals & hope to help them achieve them this year.
What are your plans for the impending school year? Whether you’re in public school or private, homeschooling or co-oping it, we’d love to hear!