It is that time of year again. The beginning of a new school year approaches. Excitement and anxiety mingle as we prepare to start another yearly cycle of learning.
Peter will be going to school for 5th grade. Yesterday was “packet pick-up” day at his school, where we got his teacher assignment, school supplies list, and miscellaneous paperwork to fill out. He is happy that he got the teacher he wanted, the only male 5th grade teacher at his school. He starts the day after Labor Day, so he still has two and a half weeks of vacation left. Even though I do feel that going to school is best for him this year, I am a little sad not to have new homeschool curriculum to do with him this year. After six years of homeschooling/afterschooling with Sonlight curriculum materials for history and literature (pre-K through grade 4), we’re not moving on to the next level in the Sonlight curriculum. Although we’ve made good progress on our US/Canadian history sequence over the summer, I am projecting that we’ll only be 5/6 of the way done with it when school starts. I do plan to finish it, but since Peter has such long school days (he has a long bus ride), I don’t want to push it when he’s in school, so we’ll do it during school vacations and it may take until next summer before we’re done.
The bright side, however, is that Simon is 3 1/2 now and I’m planning a fun preschool year with him. I made up flexible lesson plans by listing what we’ll do during an entire week instead of making daily plans, so I can adjust each day’s schedule according to what else is going on in life. We’re going to read books together, do Montessori activities, work on phonemic awareness and phoneme-grapheme correspondences (pre-reading skills), work on concepts of quantity/shapes/patterns (foundational math skills), do some art, and practice French. I plan to enroll him in gymnastics classes again and continue to go to story/craft time at the public library. Additionally, I expect to take him to the free parent/tot ice skating sessions (once they have ice in the arena) so he can start learning to skate. It should be a great year!