Ok, am I the only one who uses the NOT Back to School Blog Hop
as a personal call to action?
I know it’s supposed to be a blogging calendar,
a group effort where we (as the homeschooling community)
share with each other all of these different aspects of planning for the new year,
But I can’t help but see a different, more personal message to this schedule.
For example wouldn’t “Curriculum Week” more accurately be called:
MAKE SOME DECISIONS YOU CRAZY HOMESCHOOL LADY….WEEK.
Or at least that’s how I read it. I mean by August, I’ve already spent half the year driving everyone nuts with zillions of questions about the curriculum they are using, and it’s time to make some decisions. I must have 30 different products in my online carts……and I just keep saving them for later! Well, it’s crunch time baby, it’s Curriculum week. Time to hit BUY or DELETE and live with the decisions. (Or come back mid year and tell everyone why this curriculum failed miserably.) Either way, I’ve got some blog content right?
And next week, School Room Week….well, we all know what that really means:
CLEAN. YOUR. DISGUSTING. CLASSROOM. WEEK.
Really clean that thing. Pull everything out, books, paper, pens, crayons, and set it all out on the table….. even the wet diapers and moldy milk bottles that your toddler somehow shoved behind your desk while you were busy teaching fractions last year. Then when it’s all nice and dirtied up, snap a photo. You don’t have to post it or share it, but it will make you feel good later (after you’ve done a year’s worth of cleaning in a single day) to look back and see your progress. And during the 15 seconds that your classroom actually stays clean, snap an instagram photo to share with the rest of us. We love to think that our classrooms could be so clean like yours, don’t burst our bubbles or we will have nothing to live for.
Keep the dream alive homeschool moms.
And in a just a couple of weeks it will be School Photo Week
Which we all know is code for:
WASH THE SUMMER OFF YOUR KID & BREAK THE HORRIBLE NEWS WEEK
The days of bare feet and long summer locks are approaching an end. Throw them in the tub, give em’ a hair cut, find an article of clothing that still fits and doesn’t have too many stains or rips and put them in front of a camera. But before you snap the photo tell them that school starts in two weeks, so you’ll get a nice big grin for that family album.
Don’t get me wrong……for the most part we really do enjoy homeschooling.
And we really do have some very happy homescholing days.
There are some amazing benefits to homeschooling,
It’s a choice I’m committed to,
and I consider it a huge blessing to even have this choice.
There are also some VERY REAL days when I’ve considered shoving my children out the front door and telling them to walk their sorry behinds down to the public school…… or the coal mine,….. which ever they decide, because I’m checking myself into the spa (read: mental hospital) for some much needed sleep.
Ha! The coal mine.
That’ll teach them that Algebraic functions and Polynomial Equations are a PRIVILEGE to learn.
Oops….did I say that outloud?
The final week on the calendar:
Day in the Life Week.
This one makes me giggle.
I mean…a REAL DAY IN THE LIFE?
or a MADE FOR TV DAY IN THE LIFE?
or even a
WHAT WE WILL DO THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL AND NEVER AGAIN
BECAUSE THERE WASN’T EVEN TIME TO SHOWER OR EAT
AND NOW I’M A STARVING HOMESCHOOL ZOMBIE MOM….DAY IN THE LIFE.
That first week back to school can be brutal right?
Oh, I hope you are reading this in good fun.
I am a huge homeschool advocate, these have just been some of the funny things I’ve noticed in our own crazy homeschool family.
I do plan on sharing all of our curriculum choices, once I make them
and photos of our classroom, once I clean it
But today I will share progress photos with you,
here is where we’re at folks:
Sonlight Core F
Crazy Homeschool Mess
I took that photo three days ago and posted it to facebook.
It looks the same this morning.
Except now there are flies around that glass. They are new.
I promise to come back and post when those final decisions are made…..and things are cleaned up.
For now, enjoy all the other amazing homeschooling moms who have posted their curriculum this week as part of the NOT Back to School Blog Hop.
I always love reading these before I make my final choices :)