Tuesday, August 16, 2011

School days, school days!



After one long, lazy, hot summer, we are staring down the barrel of  the last week of summer break.  At the end of it, we will be catapulted into the fast pace of school days.  Monday morning, we will open the books and get to learning.

The excitement is building.  Yesterday, we cleaned the office . . . also know here as the school room.  We then opened the boxes of books that have sat in the entry way of our house for two weeks.  Until yesterday, I was not able to face the fact that summer break was ending soon. 

I had avoided the office/school room like it carried some terrible disease.  The disease that it carried (other than the dust from being ignored so long) was responsibility.   I was not ready to face it.  Every year, at the end of the school year, I have a terrible case of burn out.  It takes me the whole summer to get over it. 

While opening those boxes of books and organizing the shelves for each of the boys, I realized something . . .  I am getting excited about school again!  It is always nice to WANT to go back to your (other) full time job.  I know that homeschooling is my choice, but let me tell you, it is the hardest job I have ever taken on.  Between taking care of the kids, the house and schooling, I am busy, busy, busy. 

The summer has prepared me for the task at hand.  I  am ready for the challenge ahead.  The boys are ready for the task at hand.  Brother in the Middle is thrilled to be starting Kindergarden.  So, as we prepare this week for the start of school and the time of rest is coming to a close, I know we are ready. 

"School days, school days,
Dear old golden rule days.
'Readin' and 'ritin' and 'rithmetic,
Taught to the tune of a hick'ry stick."

~Words and Lyrics by Cobbs & Edwards
http://www.kididdles.com/lyrics/s120.html


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5 comments:

Hannah said...

I hear ya, sister! But what shall we do without these carefree, blogging days? Hmmm...can it be possible that I'll be happy to see football season again? Stranger things have happened!

Linda said...

Our curriculum has been coming in from our cyber charter school. We still have a few things that need to arrive, but we have enough to start on Monday as well. I'm feeling less overwhelmed and more positive about the year ahead. We'll make it, we always do...and then I wonder why I stressed in the first place!

Happy school year :-)

Christine said...

Yes, getting ready for school is stressful, and then it goes so well and then the year is over and then . . . .
so goes the homeschooling cycle.

Linda,
We are using cyber school also. It has worked realy well for us!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Our school starts August 29th. Honestly saying, I am not ready for it... yet. September is kind of summery here...
Good luck to you!

Annaliza said...

Looks like we all are starting on Monday... Lauren will be going to her orientation -- new chapter for us...Lauren will be attending school (MVCA) this year. Can you believe she'll be a junior! Wow! Time flies by. We decided to start at the same time as her so that we can keep with her "time" schedule. That will also be a NEW for us -- keeping to a schedule. Anytime you'd like a "playdate"...let me know!!