I hadn’t really planned to start our 2012-2013 school year Monday. However, we usually do start the last full week of July. Many things helped me make a last minute decision to start this week. Starting an Olympics unit study, new curriculum in the mail, excited children.
But I also got the expected, ‘whoa, I’m not ready!” from several friends. And that’s surely ok. Everyone has a different schedule and needs to time things best for themselves and their family.
Our annual school photo habit! So thankful I’ve taken a photo most every year since 2001!
10 Great Things About a Slow Start in July
So, today’s weekly wrap collage post is about the positives of starting in July…
From L to R – Our age-range from preschool to high school: First Grader, 9th grader, 8th grader, 5th grader and Pre-K 4
1. We’ve had a break since May.
Following the week of the Drama Troupe performance. We’re having a glorious summer! Been to the beach, been to the pool, visited family, enjoyed VBS, youth camp and day camp.
2. It’s hot, mosquitoes are biting. Meanwhile we’re inside writing (it rhymed).
Our Before 8:45 morning routine, math – wearing your swimsuit - and then a trip to the pool! (Details in last week’s Return of the Routine).
Lil’ Buddy has learned to swim – all that practice by going to the pool almost every day.
5. We take off some time here and there in the fall whenever we feel like it.
We have several birthdays in the fall, so we enjoy Destination Birthdays.
6. We also shift our learning in December.
We focus on advent and have multiple performances the children participate in: drama troupe, choir, piano. Take December Off.
Plus really dig deep into summer nature study like our latest, The Marvel of the Butterfly Cycle. (Above: a beetle on the backyard slide, bumblebee in the althea, feeding our friend’s goats and chickens, taking care of caterpillars)
8. When the new curricula arrives in the mail, we can match the excitement and go ahead and enjoy it.
Slowly working up to the 10 Things of our Regular Homeschool Schedule.
9. We can slowly build up, adding in Tapestry of Grace and science.
(This gives me a little more time to plan).
Reading Olympic-themed books (one Middle Girl is very taken with Wilma Rudolph), making Olympic rings and torches. Most of these projects we found in our Olympics Unit Study by Amanda Bennett, on my Olympic Pinterest board or Curriculum Choice‘s.
I shared all of our school photos from 2001 to 2010 in Back to School Memories. “A picture taken at about the same time every year. Whatever sort of school your child attends. Preserving the dimple of a baby hand…
The short hairstyle of that year…
The not-quite-grown-into outfit of a sibling…
A reluctant younger brother, not wanting to pose…
Little, bare feet.
Yes, sometimes it’s sheer torture to wrangle children outside to hold a sign. Even so, I’m glad I read about this first day of school idea in Family Fun magazine years ago. I guess it didn’t really sink in then just how quickly the years would pass.”
Many thanks to our Friday hostesses!
- Collage Friday hostess Mary at Home Grown Learners
- Weekly Wrap-Up hostess Kris at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers
- Friday Favorites at Finding Joy
- Jamerrill at Holy Spirit-Led Homeschooling, plus
- Homeschool Mother’s Journal at iHomeschool Network
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How about you? Have you started school? Will you baby step your way?