Summer, So Far, And Other Things

Evie Jon and ball

We’re getting pretty tired of summer, actually!  The children are longing for school to begin, for more rhythm and productivity in their days.  I’m longing for less of what feels like frantic activity and more rhythm and productivity in my days.  So, basically, a long summer vacation does not suit us.  This is the first time we’ve really had one, I think, and I also think we aren’t going to do it again.

We plan to begin our school year on August 10.  I have no idea when the local schools open, but it should be around then.  I’m going to try a few new things this year, a major change being a block schedule format.  I was talking to the children about this option – the older ones, the ones with enough sense and maturity to know if this sort of thing is likely to work for us – and Megan was all for it.  She said it is hard for her, sometimes, to do certain subjects in the smaller snippets, because she wastes too much time trying to remember what she studied yesterday.  She’d rather work in longer increments that would allow to her to really focus on the topic.  So that’s what we’re going to do!  We’re going to try scheduling certain subjects for only half a year, more like college semesters.

The other day, I came across the term “binge learning”, which is when you immerse yourself in a certain topic for a short period of time, and then move along to something else.  This is pretty much how I learn, focusing almost exclusively on this one thing, maybe for a couple of weeks, maybe for a month or more, until I have learned everything I want or need to know about the subject.  I suspect I have a couple of other students who prefer to learn like this, too, and block scheduling might be helpful the them.  The idea of dragging lessons out for a whole year is probably mind-numbing to them, too.  🙂

meg with book

We’re also ditching the last remnants of our Mother of Divine Grace curriculum, so I have to hurry up and pull together five history studies.  I’ve already got the bare-bones outlines and most of the books, so it’s just a matter of pulling together all of our resources and coming up with a schedule.  Easy-peasy, right?  I’ve got a more immersive, hand-on learning experience in mind for the little ones, too, but we don’t have that entirely planned out all at once.  It wouldn’t be bad to have it all together ahead of time, but I just can’t pull that much organization off at this point.

Has anyone ever used classes from The Great Courses catalog?  What do you think of them?  I’m always intrigued, but I’ve never seen one.

In other news, we’re still looking for sub-contractors for our construction project, and we have someone coming today who might be able to do what we need.  Here’s hoping, and praying, and crossing fingers.  I’d like to see that begun before August is out so that all will be in order by Christmas.  That’s another little burden of ours.  They’ll be starting the foreclosure process on Dad’s house next month, and then he’ll be homeless.  Once they take the roof off of our house, so will we!

I hope you all are doing well.  Summer posting is down for a lot of us, as we’re all busy with other things, but I think about you all the time.  Really.  You’ve all been such good friends to me and mine, and I love you dearly.  🙂

2 thoughts on “Summer, So Far, And Other Things

  1. Barbara says:

    I like to hear you think out loud about your school plans. Faith is going into 8th grade and we need to make some big decisions about homeschooling high school or not. Dad says no, Faith says yes, I say I am not homeschooling high school so she can sleep late. I would do it for her to further her dance skills, because she can’t dance as much as she is now and go to school. Ugh — decisions!

    Prayers for you on the addition to the house.

    • Jennie Cooper says:

      I’ve liked homeschooling high school. I think they might be the most important years, as far as their faith formation and character go, because this is when they really step up and become their own people, and they are constantly testing and asking and trying to figure out how everything fits together. If we have that constant contact with them, it’s easier, as parents, to guide them in the way they should go. I don’t think we’d have as much time in the evenings for the deep conversations they need to have, just because so much else is happening then that it’s hard to find the quiet space to connect.

      Just rambling. 🙂 I do know it isn’t as hard or scary as mothers of preschoolers think it will be!

      Thanks for the house prayers. We need them!

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