Sunday, December 28, 2008

Back to School

We have been out of school, since the week of Thanksgiving. I scheduled our school year to have a long winter break, and I’m really glad I did. We’ve had just about all we could handle this last month. The first two weeks of December, we had something scheduled every single weekday, during the day. Plus, we started TaeKwonDo, and we went to that nearly every single weeknight. As a result, we were rushing to and fro, never stopping to take a breath. The past two weeks, we’ve had nothing scheduled during the day. It has been a blessing to slow down. In the past, I have always been the mom who put the “stay-at-home” in stay-at-home-mom.

The boys have all committed to participating in TaeKwonDo for 2 years. I’m not sure how I feel about this. That’s a long commitment. But, they all want to get their black belts, and that will take much longer than 2 years, and we are all loving TaeKwonDo. I know that it is good for them (and me). For Xavier, it introduces a level of discipline missing in other aspects of his life. For Gabriel, it introduces the concept that humor is not acceptable in all situations, as well as providing physical activity that is sorely missing from his brainy life. For Dominic, it’s all about fun, right now. He is having a blast, and I don’t expect that to change any time soon. So, we’ll commit to the two years.

I had not planned to start school until the 7th. However, we are all starting to get bored. So, we’ll be starting back tomorrow, the 29th. Usually, we don’t do school on Mondays, but Thursday will be a very late night, so we’re not doing school Friday. That is one of my favorite things about the homeschooling lifestyle, the flexibility.

On the other hand, I am imposing a ‘strict’ schedule again this year. It is not as strict as last year’s. This year’s schedule will consist of blocks of time set aside for specific things.

As you can see, we’ll just be doing school during specific times, versus having a set schedule for when we’ll do things throughout the day. I am always available to Gabriel to assist him in any way. But, for the most part, he is self-sufficient. I do teach him Grammar, and have book discussions with him. But, some of the teaching I do him will be done at TaeKwonDo from now on. Dominic usually does not take an hour and a half of my time, so Gabriel gets some of that. But, it is best for me to schedule that much for him. That way, I don’t get frustrated if we run over.

Of course, this is just a trial schedule. We haven’t put it into practice, yet. I’ll report back at the end of the week to tell you how it went, if I remember.

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