Thursday, August 19, 2010
The Back-to-School season.
The kids' friends are in the waning days of summer vacation and are trying to cram in a few more play dates and adventures before heading back to the classroom.
We actually school year-round in our homeschool. I found that for several of my kiddos, taking a long break meant I had to reteach a whole load of stuff when we got back to our books.
And I'm not keen on reteaching. And I'm all about efficiency models.
It comes with being the general of an army.
But our year-round schedule has adjusted mightily over the past few years. The younger kids have developed great friendships with kids in the neighborhood who are oh-so-conveniently right down the street. And the older kids are part of a vibrant youth group which hosts fun events and adventures all summer long.
Which means enthusiasm for running through some algebra problems around here has been a little, ah, soft.
I love having the kids' friends over all the time. They are beloved extensions of our family. And while it often means that they're all just doing the lazy summer thing, I will sometimes pull them into our activities.
The fabulous Miss LP was over a few days ago and I had let the kids peruse the brilliantly contrived pre-teen shows offered up to generation of our future. And I'd had about all I could stand of the drivel produced by such television.
I rallied 5, 6 and 9 of 8 (as Miss LP like to call herself) and told them to get to thinking--they were going to write their own story.
I gave them some brainstorming sheets for characters, settings and the like and sent them upstairs to start the creative process. I could hear ideas and enthusiasm flowing...loudly.
He returned from his field ops with this gem...
Which, in this case, were hats and helmets from the costume box.
And which made me marvel at their creativity.
And made me thankful that all the tween-t.v. mind-numbing is hopefully not taking.
Viva la Summer Homeschool!