I’ve been busy planning for September which, I think, is one of the busiest times of the year for a parent whether or not your kids go to public school. We homeschool so no…I don’t have to purchase back to school supplies or an entire back to school wardrobe. (I do like to take advantage of the sales at this time, though!) But I still have to register them for their various activities AND pay for them. Which also makes this one of the most expensive times of year. In fact, I think “back to school” rivals Christmas when it comes to cost.
But back to the planning part. I’m trying to get my lesson plans sorted out this year. For the past three years I’ve just been flying by the seat of my pants – so to speak. That doesn’t mean I have NO plan. I’m the type of homeschooler that likes to purchase pre-made curriculum. Meaning I pretty much open the book and it says “Lesson 1…this is what you do“. Then I like to build from that curriculum if the fancy strikes me. We might veer off and read more books or play games relating to the lesson, but I have the basic lesson already made for me.
Now, I want a way to track my lessons so that at any given moment I know where we are and what we’re doing in relation to my plan for the year. So, I’m giving Homeschool Tracker a try. I’ve had the program for a few years but never used it.
Aside from obsessively inputting data in homeschool organizing software, I’ve been just enjoying the last of the summer with the kids. We’ve been bike riding and hanging around outside reading and watching the birds.
We also drained the pool this week. 😦 We know summer’s coming to an end when we have to do that. Before we did, though, Dawn and Sirdar came and pilfered some water for their pond. Dawn mentioned when she was over for a visit that they needed to purchase a load of water (which would cost about 120 bucks). I told her if she was able to wait a week she could have the pool water. They don’t have fish in their pond – they use it for watering the garden and such. AND we don’t highly chlorinate the water nor do we put a bunch of other chemicals in there. Annnnnyway, we were trying to figure out how to get the water over the hill and way to the other side of the subdivision to her house. After we I considered joining a bunch of hoses together to put between her house and mine 😉 it dawned on me that we have an old water tank. Duhh. 🙄 It only holds 300 gallons, though, so they had to make several trips and even then didn’t really fill the pond.
We had fun playing with a waterproof camera during the summer, and we recently got the photos back. (Man, what a blast from the past THAT was! Taking film into get developed.)
R and J with the scuba gear.
A HIGHLY unflattering photo of me. Coulda been worse but I cropped out the cleavage shot. 🙂
An action shot of R jumping in the pool…and my foot. Cool sun rays, too.
An action shot of J jumping in the pool.
Huh? Can ya guess what this is? I’d do a contest but there’s no way that I can compete with the prize Joy recently gave away. 😉 So, I’ll just tell you…I’m looking up at the trees from underneath the water. Cool heh?
Yah, it was a good pool season this year. Now the pool is folded up and stored away for another year. Helloooo, autumn!
In other news, the city is coming to the country…
See that beacon of light? That’s the new street light, literally, that my neighbours put up that shines into our yard from across the road. Let me say that they’re wonderful neighbours AND friends (they don’t read my blog so I feel safe that I’m not starting a feud here)…I just don’t like the light. Actually, it’s not that it’s so terrible. In fact, we’ll be putting some lights up by our gate soon, but after seeing how bright this one is we’ll be doing low wattage and making them activate by motion sensor.
One of the pleasures of living out in the country is to walk out of your house and enjoy the complete darkness. You get to look up at the blanket of stars which are not hindered by the light polution of the city. That’s my opinion anyway.