I’m in my happy little school planning mode over here lately! It may seem a little bit odd, since it’s only the end of June right now, but it’s right on time for us because we plan to start lessons again in just a few weeks. We started our summer break a bit early, and will be beginning again a few weeks earlier than most as well. In reality, I want to school year-round anyway, but Seth is so resistant to the idea that I opt to keep our relationship intact rather than push the idea on him! I’m not sure why he feels so strongly about it, but he does. Meanwhile, I am craving the addition of the school routine back into our days!
We have everything we need to start second grade. The books have arrived, his school binder has been prepared, and the lesson plans are written. The only thing missing is my child’s enthusiasm! I think that will change after the Fourth of July has passed and the local Walmart moves school supplies back to the front of the store. Sometimes that’s all it takes! We will be getting started as soon as possible after the fireworks have settled.
Thou hast set my feet in a large room, should be the glad cry of every intelligent soul. Life should be all living, and not merely a tedious passing of time; not all doing or all feeling or all thinking – the strain would be too great – but, all living; that is to say, we should be in touch wherever we go, whatever we hear, whatever we see, with some manner of vital interest. We cannot give the children these interests; we prefer that they should never say they have learned botany or conchology, geology or astronomy. The question is not, – how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education – but how much does he care? and about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?” – Charlotte Mason
I have so many great books chosen for this year, about Colonial America and marine ecology, King Arthur and Julius Caesar. We’ll be learning about Mary Cassatt and Ludwig van Beethoven. There’s the Rhyme of the Chivalrous Shark and the Wind in the Willows. We’ll study the book of Acts, which is filled to the brim with exciting things! We’ll learn about the early church and begin the multiplication tables. And my most earnest prayer for this year is that he will begin to read independently.
I’m looking forward to sharing snapshots of our school year, and hoping that the return to routine will also make it easier to write more regularly. The Lord is stirring a message in me and I am anxious to begin exploring where He will take me with it! Meanwhile, I plan to return soon with a glimpse at our complete plan for second grade. Do you crave more routine in the summer as well? What are some good habits you can cultivate now to prepare for your kids’ new school year?