It’s July, so that means I’m gearing up for next school year. Of course, I can’t really tell you when we’re going to start back up.
I have to admit, it’s always hard to let go of the free time of summer, even if it is abundantly clear each summer that my kids need some of the focus of school to keep them happy. (I’m sure they would try to argue that, but the truth is in their actions, or fighting, as it were.)
So, while I’m a little sad to think of losing some down time, I always enjoy the possibilities that a new school year holds.
10 Reasons I’m Excited for Next School Year
1. New books. What can I say? I’m a book junkie.
2. Two kids in middle school. This is the first year to say that I have more kids that are middle school aged than elementary school aged. It does kind of ramp up the pressure, but it’s exciting anyway.
3. Teaching Textbooks for everyone! I have really enjoyed using Teaching Textbooks with the boys over the last two school years. Now that Molly will be in second grade for next school year, she took the placement test for Teaching Textbooks 3 and placed into it with no problem. She has already excitedly tried out a couple of lessons.
4. Getting ready for First Reconciliation and First Communion. Since Molly is going to be in second grade, it also means that this is a very special year for her in her faith life. While she will continue to go to our parish’s Religious Education program once a week, we will also be working through our First Communion Preparation and Printables ebook to help her prepare.
5. Our new student planners. We have been using daily assignment sheets that I got from either Donna Young’s site or Five J’s. I love them, but I’m super psyched that each of the kids will now be using their own Days of Faith student planner. Even though we have a range of grades, I bought the Intermediate level for each of them, as I liked the layout of it best.
6. We’re not participating in co-op. We have been part of our homeschool group’s co-op for the entire four years that we’ve been homeschooling. This is the same length of time that our co-op has been around. In the years we have participated, I have always taught at least one class. One year, I taught a class and co-taught a class, and another year, I taught two classes. We decided that this school year, it was just time to take a little break from it.
7. Real writing experiences. While I haven’t planned out our writing activities for this coming school year, I have decided that I want to ditch writing programs for this year. My boys need a ton of work on their writing (composition), and we have yet to find a program or workbook that we like. Instead, we’re going to embrace things like blog posts, emails, letters, book reports, poetry, and more.
8. Planning that big field trip. We’ve got our eye toward another big field trip this school year. You know, a big field trip.
9. Studying home ec. This year, we’re going to formally work on Home Ec. I’m planning for us to spend the next year (or two) working through Training Your Children in Home Economics, as well as working on cleaning skills.
10. A new start. We really trudged through last school year. I’m ready to start with a clean slate.
No matter where your kids go to school, what are you excited about for next school year?
Not only is this post this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, but it’s also part of iHomeschool Network’s 10 in 10 (a ten week series).