I’m not real thrilled that it is August. This is the month that school is supposed to start at LAKE Academy… our homeschool. I am at the lake currently (Lake Tahoe) and I am slightly getting inspired to start thinking about getting ready to begin maybe planning some of our curriculum, being that we are studying a few national parks this year that are also in California with huge redwood trees like the ones I am staring at out the window. I am the most unready of all 11 of my previous Augusts. And I am almost okay with that. Almost.
Guilt tried to consume me last night in the 27 seconds between my head hitting the pillow and when I was actually asleep. But it was only 27 seconds of guilt and I had the presence of mind to ask God to rid my brain of said guilt. He did… with sleep. Today, in the wake of realizing that it is August THIRD, I did break out the coil-bound notebook that does have 2 1/3 pages of notes. Those two-and-one-third pages are ALL I have planned so far for 10 months of study with my three pupils…. and it’s in outline form, so I do have a bit of work to do. Only 137 1/3 blank pages awaiting my attention. One thing I have learned in my 11 years of homeschool planning, is that IF I plan all ten months before we start, we will NOT finish what I have purposefully painstakingly planned. If I plan a few months or units at a time, I am FAR more inspired to be creative in small chunks throughout the year, knowing that we WILL finish what is planned.
Our upcoming school-year will consist of the study of seven national parks on the western side of the United States. We plan to do between four and six weeks of study at home and then CAMP for a week at each of the parks. THAT is my kind of homeschooling. We are schooling with another family who is also close to normal, so it will all be just fine. Yes, it will be two wild-n-crazy homeschool moms camping with eight children ranging in age from 7 to 17. Awesome! She is a science geek and I am a history nerd, so most subjects will be covered with some art thrown in for good measure. Geology. Astronomy. History. Conservation. Botany. Dendrochronology. Eco systems. Nature Journaling. Art. Oh yeah. This is the type of homeschooling that I have only dreamed of for 11 years. Please stay tuned to see if it’s all I think it’s cracked up to be.