Schoolish Stuff

We didn’t end up starting back to school this week like I was sort of thinking. That’s where I went wrong – I was sort of thinking about it and not really thinking about it. Our summer ended up being so nutso that we’ve really used the past couple of weeks to catch up on simply being home. We’ve been getting our routine back in place and that is no small thing. I actually planned meals for this week again and we have seriously incorporated chores for all of us into the daily rhythm. My oldest groaned today when I gave her her afternoon chore pack and she said, “There are just SO MANY CHORES!” For the record, her afternoon chorepack had about 4 things in there, all age-appropriate, so it wasn’t that bad. I said, “Yes, Dear, there are SO MANY CHORES. And now you know how it feels. If we all work together, this isn’t so bad, right? Right? Come on, RIGHT?”
So that feels like our first major educational goal – it’s not academic, but it’s life-driven and, perhaps just as important.

Also, we’re going to Tom and Christine’s wedding this weekend in Birmingham with a stop-over in Nashville, so in my mind the summer won’t really come to a close until we get back from that. Add to that the two-day school the girls will be attending this year which doesn’t begin until after Labor Day and you can see why things are still a bit unsettled around here. Oh, that and the fact that I can’t seem to put down the Harry Potter books. I really need to finish those so I can stop being distracted…

So, small steps. Routine and chores first, then we’ll add back in some read-alouds (I’m thinking The Penderwicks – something not on the curriculum plan for this year) and perhaps do some math review and begin handwriting. If we did nothing else this year but improved math and handwriting I would call it a success. My 8-year-old scored in the 8th grade level for language arts and spelling on her standardized testing last May. Her math? Well, I knew it needed help, so I wasn’t surprised by the score which will be left unaccounted for at this moment. So, though we’ll still be working on those things, obviously, our priorities will definitely be skewed towards things of a numerical and legible nature.

In other news, and this probably isn’t really news, but a recap, I’m not taking any seminary classes this year and I’m very happy about that. I want to fill in the rest of my 30 hour Graduate Certificate with all Jerram Barrs’ classes anyway and he’s on sabbatical right now, so I’m happy to wait. I heard a rumor that he’s thinking about teaching a Children’s Literature class sometime in the future. I’m so there when it happens. This year is going to hold many other things to take the place of the seminary classes, so it’s a good year to take a break from that. Craig will still be taking two classes in addition to his full-time teaching gig.

Our full fall schedule has not hit yet, so I know we’re all going to be in for a bit of a shock when it does. But until then, we may just continue to sit this week out and enjoy a few more days of summer.

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11 thoughts on “Schoolish Stuff

  1. Gina says:

    You’ll be in B’ham? That’s an hour and fifteen minutes from me! Warning – it’s hot over here…the humidity will get you! Have a great time!

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  2. chickadee says:

    i think chores are an excellent part of school. my kids have been out of their chore routine this summer (but we did do school all summer) so chores are one of the things we are focusing on right now.

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  3. Rose Bexar says:

    Yes, in another ten years, Number One Daughter will find herself having to do allllll the chores all by her lonesome, unless she has a roomie with whom to divide housecleaning duties… and she will thank you many times over for teaching you how to do them. Last year I made friends with a visiting Chinese scholar whose parents neither taught nor allowed her to do any chores while she was growing up (because she was supposed to concentrate on her studies), and she floundered when she got to college. She told me several times how much she regretted not learning those skills as a child.

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  4. Rhonda says:

    Definitely read The Penderwicks. We started it almost 2 weeks ago (we read a chapter a day) and it has been a huge hit. DD has already asked if she can have it when we’re finished. šŸ™‚

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  5. Rhonda says:

    Definitely read The Penderwicks. We started it almost 2 weeks ago (we read a chapter a day) and it has been a huge hit. DD has already asked if she can have it when we’re finished. šŸ™‚

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  6. carrie says:

    Megan,
    I’ve had the privilege of attending several of Jerram’s lectures at the L’Abri conferences. I can understand why you’d be lining up to take classes from him!
    Have a great trip this weekend. Hope the traveling goes more smoothly than it did to the Windy City.

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  7. carrie says:

    Megan,
    I’ve had the privilege of attending several of Jerram’s lectures at the L’Abri conferences. I can understand why you’d be lining up to take classes from him!
    Have a great trip this weekend. Hope the traveling goes more smoothly than it did to the Windy City.

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  8. Lyra says:

    I’m so excited that you guys are going to Tom and Christine’s wedding! I wish we could go! Have fun! I can’t imagine their wedding not being fun, that’s for sure!

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  9. Lyra says:

    I’m so excited that you guys are going to Tom and Christine’s wedding! I wish we could go! Have fun! I can’t imagine their wedding not being fun, that’s for sure!

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