The Farm Crawl is over! Not to mean it was a bad thing – just that it takes a lot of our energy during August. While most other people are out buying school supplies and new clothes, we’re picking weeds, making signs, getting soap and lotion labeled, and deciding what we just need to leave as is because we can’t do it all. When it was over I was then mentally free to concentrate on something else. And the next something else was, of course, school!
This is our 15th year of homeschooling. All my original “students” have graduated and are making their ways in the world. I now have a completely different “class”. Instead of three children in grades K, 2 & 4, I have five children in grades K, 2, 4, 6 & 10. Actually, it’s not terribly different, is it?
While one part of my brain was contemplating our course of study for the year, another part was looking at this:
I KNOW there’s stuff in there that’s relatively important. Like the new math books for my youngest boys. And heaven only knows what else, because this pile hasn’t changed much all summer – except to get larger. So, while I contemplated whether to continue with the next Cores of Sonlight, or do a unit study on all the states of the Union, I started to clear out our classroom. (Actually, the term “classroom” is no longer accurate. Library is better, but we’ve called it the classroom since 1998 and when I say something is in the library, no one knows what I’m talking about. Change takes time.)
About 2 weeks ago I had about 60 minutes when I actually had the ambition to tackle the corner closest to my desk. There was just tons of paperwork – things I wanted to read, bills, receipts, etc., that I didn’t have time to deal with when they arrived. I apparently don’t have the picture I took of that pile anymore (and I don’t wish to recreate it) so you’ll just have to take my word for it. It was bad. But here it is after about an hour of work!
Then, this past Friday and Saturday, I had a yard sale. Sort of. In two days about 10 people arrived, which left me with a lot of free time that required my staying near the front of the house so I could hear cars pull in the driveway. So I decided to make lemonade out of lemons and get that treadmill cleaned off. I did part of it on Friday and the rest on Saturday. On Saturday I also did some rearranging of some of the shelves. I am SO excited! Not only did I make it so we can actually get to the books on those shelves near the mess, but I can use the treadmill again, which I need to do since I’ve done very little exercising since our son’s wedding at the end of May. Here it is:
In between all this I decided to do that unit study on the states. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for many years and didn’t think I could fit in. This year, though, I decided it would work out fine. Next year we’ll pick up where we left off in Sonlight and tackle world history. This is for the four younger children. The 10th grader is doing Sonlight Core 200.
This week is our first full week of school. The Labor Day holiday (including a cousin sleepover) and the yard sale silliness ate up much of last week. Today we started with Delaware – the first state to officially enter the union. We’re doing them in chronological order. The plan is to do each state in 2-3 days. I know we could easily spend a week – or even a month – per state, but we need to complete it this year. And now that I have a clean space to go to to get what we need, I’m feeling quite joyful about the new school year.