Educational Freak Out

It’s time for one around here. It is August 1, after all, and if he can do it, so can I. July was a joke (oh, where did you go?) and here it is, the month of all things for prepping and planning. Only how in the world am I supposed to do any prepping and planning when my brain is still trying to figure out where we live and what that means?

Okay, so we moved two weeks ago; I get an automatic extra dose of excuseage, right? Maybe, but guess what – we’re mostly unpacked. I’ve done almost everything that constitutes noticeable settling. All that remains is to stop staring at the remaining box of “what in the world” and reunite all those little random pieces of whatever back with the family groups from which they originated.

We need to hang some pictures. We need the bookshelf guy to get here and put up the bookshelf we’ve asked him to build so we can get the piles and piles of books off the floor. I need to haul the boxes of out- of-season clothes from the basement to the attic (read: three flights of stairs; about 10 boxes). It’s all just little stuff, but stuff that isn’t fun to do anymore, and the longer I put it off the more likely it is the stuff will blend in with the 1980’s peach walls with blue and white floral border that I’m dying to peel off.

I’ve been so consumed this summer with the move and with getting ready for Classical Conversations, that I’ve somehow failed to realize that, oh yes, I still need to plan the rest of our schooling, too. In my mind I kept thinking, “Oh, that can wait until August.” Then today I looked at the calendar and realized the awful truth: I’m out of time. August is here.

I’ve got about 5 books to read, a class I’m teaching not only to my children, but to others to prepare for, and four kids to plan the school year out for. It’s time for a little educational freak out. And maybe time to pull out some paper and begin setting the scope and sequence for the year. Yikes. Maybe our school year should start in mid-September this year. Guess I’ll have to talk to the principal about it.

Oh summer, we barely knew you. Come back when you can stay longer, okay?


5 thoughts on “Educational Freak Out

  1. Kerry says:

    Oh, I’m feeling the SAME way! I’m very thankful that hubby is taking the kids to the beach with some friends for a few days next weekend. I’m gearing up for a major push to finish all my planning! 🙂


  2. Jamie says:

    Same here. I was off to a fantastic lead in June, then somehow summer sprinted ahead and left me in the dust. Pooh.
    Oh well, the last minute has always been my minute to shine, anyway.


  3. Kara Tippetts says:

    Girl me too. I’m starting my first year homeschooling and I’m a tutor at CC. I’m stressed so we’re going on vacation to forget about it. I’ll have my meltdown in about two weeks. Stay tuned. I don’t even know what I’m going to teach next year. I think I’m gong to let CC be my science. I have too much math and too little of everything else. I’m not starting until Sept. 1.


  4. Rose Bexar says:

    I hear ya. I’ve been reading for prelims this summer, and here it is August and they’re just a couple of weeks away… ACK! Where did summer go?! I mean, in some ways May can’t get here soon enough for me, but I’ve still got a lot to do between now and then….


  5. Adam Evers says:

    Mrs. Dunham! It’s Adam Evers back from the old Glen Eyrie days!
    How are you doing?
    Shoot me an email when you get a chance! I have a question that I have been wanting to ask you for a while now!


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