Savoring Summer with a Slow Start to Homeschool

Summer started simple and easy going and then took off at super speed. So, we’ve slowed down these last weeks of summer by making a point of easing into homeschool. Since I took a break from weekly wrap ups and Collage Fridays over the summer, I’m sharing a little catch up of all we’ve been up to.

A Slow Start to #Homeschool at

This past week we started back to school. But we simply started practicing our habits. Our basic routine and one subject. Math! We took the whole day to remember how to work on our Before 8:45 checklist and complete a math lesson. (10 Positives of Starting Homeschool in July – we didn’t start until August this year). Now some children got things done right away…while others needed a little more sleeping in time. And that’s all good. Because we are savoring and hanging on to summer, acting like homeschoolers.

Our Hodgepodge Summer

summer of rain It seems to me that June was a blur of Vacation Bible School and church camps. It’s also been a very rainy summer which means everything is green and growing tall! See the giant rose and hydrangea bushes? (Middle Girl got glasses this summer!)

towels at pool July our neighborhood pool finally opened after repairs. We’ve been going most days ever since. That means that there has been plenty of swimming practice and fun. (And we go to the pool as long as it is open. Get your math done and let’s head to the pool! We have it all to ourselves.)

summer garden The rain has made for a plentiful garden! We haven’t done a thing but watch and pick. Cucumbers galore – even a few that hid and turned the size of baseball bats. Okra and now we have three little watermelons – a first for us!

Oh the places we’ve been on our summer staycation!

cow appreciation day Cow Appreciation Day – a breakfast trip!

stone mountain We went with our church family to Stone Mountain Park, went to the top, rode the train and stayed for the laser light show and fireworks. Made wonderful memories together.

World of Coke and Aquarium With our aquarium passes we’ve visited a couple of times. This was a quick lunch break with Hodgepodgedad. He met me downtown. He had a meeting there and I was part of a World of Coca-Cola blogger panel. We had lunch at Pemberton Cafe – and Coca-Cola of course. Then had just enough time to walk through Ocean Voyager at the Georgia Aquarium.

allergy visit We took care of business and the two youngest went through the full battery of allergy skin testing and blood work. (That warranted a post-doctor aquarium visit for sure!)

homeschool makeover room by room We also updated our homeschool learning spaces this summer.

new dishwasher equals life skills at

A Hodgepodge start back to homeschool

I’ll be sharing much more about this next week but for now here’s a peek from our first day. A new dishwasher! Totally unexpected life skills opportunity on our first day. Hodgepodgedad took a day off work to take care of out with the old and in with the new.

lily pad Plus a local field trip to explore the pond.

Hodgepodge Homeschool 2013-14 And we took our annual school photo this week, of course! We’ll have more on our first full week of homeschool next week. (I LOVE this picture  – all those laughing faces. Treasures! Kindergarten, 6th grade, 10th grade, 9th grade and 2nd grade.)

**Also, here in the background, I’ve been working along and along on a homeschooling helps ebook. More to come on that next week!

What a great summer it’s been! Many thanks to our Friday hostesses!

How was your summer? Have you started back to school?


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    We are blessed to have been a small part of your summer fun!
    We are not starting until September this year, a big deal for us, but mommy is just not ready. We will be taking your advice and easing into school over the next few weeks. With a major curriculum change, a slow transition will be necessary.
    Praying you have a blessed school year!
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    My goodness littlest girl has grown a lot this summer. We love a nice transition from summer to school, too. I love all that you have done this summer. We are having such an odd summer this year….because of all the weeks we lost in school time, we had to school all summer to finish last year. We just now finished and everyone else is starting the new year. LOL
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    You have such beautiful children,Tricia!! It sounds and looks like y’all had a great summer!

    We’ve had a great summer! We haven’t went anywhere too far. Just finding things fun to do in our area. We take our vacation the first week of September to Texas. :) We will start school the second week of September. I’m trying to get things in order as of now.
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    Not many people enjoyed the whole summer at the pool this year – it rained so much! Love all those smiles and hope we can plan a homeschool get together this year.

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