As school comes to an end, I am relieved! It is definitely bittersweet.
We did it, baby girl, congratulations on finishing the 5th grade. I am super proud of you. I honestly thought that by the end of this year I’d never want to think about school again. Homeschool is tough, this has not been my favorite year. She and I are both over COVID and socialization has been pretty nonexistent and it’s taking a toll on her. I definitely have those days where I want to just enroll her and send her to school like every other kid, so I can have eight hours of the day to myself… But then I look on the news and there’s a school shooting. I have several reasons for homeschooling my kid and honestly school safety was not at the top of my list six years ago when I started this journey. I didn’t realize that it had to be. Now, it surpasses everything.
Parents, we have all summer to think and to learn what we’re gonna do for our kids next year. As much as I wanted a break, I also felt like I needed to get it figured out as soon as possible, so I can give myself peace of mind. I have always mixed-and-matched curriculars up until this point and mostly myself, but the sixth grade is a doozy, especially with an eight-year-old, so this time I’m recruiting a little more reinforcement than usual. I decided not to be so hard on myself this year. I had this international school all picked out and then I thought about it after talking to the administration. She’s eight years old, so her attention span is not that of a 12-year-old, but she’s able to do the work with ease. And unfortunately, school is pretty one-size-fits, which led me back to the fact that “ALWAYS ICE CREAM” is now accredited! It’s pretty much a self-paced program that has its accreditations, the lessons align with a national curriculum and it’s an eighth of the cost that I was about to spend! There’s a Spanish course as an elective, so I can stop paying a Spanish tutor. That’s a plus. I like the fact that I can mix and match her courses and she can take electives. I paid for the lifetime membership, which means if all goes well next year, she can do seventh and eighth grade with only paying one tuition which is practically unheard of.
Homeschool parents, please send your curriculum picks for next year please, in case I need backup!
Now I get to enjoy my summer like most parents, and I spend my time overwhelming myself with creating a curriculum for her next year, coming up with lesson plans, and printing out worksheets. I am so excited to be able to take some time off. Thinking about school.
Disclaimer: We will be reading and doing 2 pages of math every day in the summer and working on her handwriting because her motor skills are still trying to catch up to her cognitive skills but besides that no school, baby!