Sunday, July 10, 2011

Summer Break's Over

We've been on summer break for 2 weeks, and we're all ready to get back to a normal routine around here.  We're beginning our school year tomorrow, but easing into things, adding one or two subjects at a time. 

Don't get me wrong, we do love having free time, but a routine seems to keep everyone a little more sane and getting along.  Another benefit for our family of year-round schooling, is that we're able to take breaks when we need them (like the 6, or 8, weeks off around the time we moved.)  So, this year we plan to continue with our lovely, works for us right now, schedule of taking off birthdays, holidays, extra long breaks for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and then random days off here and there as needed.  See, we really do love our free time, just split up a bit more than with a traditional school schedule. :)

Well, this year we're all super-excited to begin our new science curriculum, and that may have something to do with the desire to get back in the swing of things.  Also, Chulo has decided he wants to learn to read, and has been working really hard practicing.  He knows all of the letter sounds, syllables except those with u, and is beginning to put syllables together in words.

Bonita has been intrigued by the projects and posters on her cousins' walls.  She began the summer creating tons of artwork for her bedroom.  This weekend, she decided she needed to make a poster about the bald eagle.  We hadn't been talking about eagles, or even watched anything on Netflix about them, but she was determined.  So, a quick trip to the library and some searching online, and I now have a poster in the hall and a very content 6 year old. :)

Guapo is happy to get into everything, and before he gives up morning naps (our main school time) or begins walking on his own, we really need to take advantage of the time.  Once he's more mobile, or gives up morning naps, scheduling will surely get more tricky.

Oh, and while I'm thinking of it, I think I'll change their nicknames on here.  Their little personalities become more apparent daily, and it seems like I'll be forever changing their names.  So, for simplicity's sake, I'll go with initials.  J for everyone! LOL.  :)

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