Monday, May 31, 2010

Summer Plans

When it comes to designing a school schedule, we’ve found that a year round plan meshes well with our lifestyle- allowing us the flexibility to take off for special outings on a whim without neglecting our studies.

For the most part, we’ve always enjoyed our year round schooling. This year is different. This year we all need a break. I need time to regroup, gather my thoughts, and plan for next school year as well as finish a few of the projects that I’ve been working on.

My kids want time to stay up late, sleep in later and be slothful teenagers for a change.

The problem with the entire summer off is they tend to get restless and bored and all you parent’s out there know what boredom leads to…picking and arguing and full-fledge fighting. So while we desperately need a break, we find the typical three month hiatus to be a bit much…for all of us.

So we discussed it and decided that we will take off the entire month of July.
I’ve already planned to spend the beginning of July at the Savvy Blogging Summit. I won’t be back long before my husband and I will leave to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary with a trip to the Hudson River Valley. We don’t get to go away every year but after spending the past fifteen months in our camper with our three teenagers, we decided we could use some alone time. So if everything works out (meaning if we’re able to stay on our budget and don’t have any unexpected surprises) we’ll go to New York while our kids are catching up with friends and family in Ohio. A win-win situation for everyone.

Since we already have two interruptions to our schedule I figured we might as well plan to resume our regular schedule in August. I have to admit it didn’t take much to convince the kids to take a break. They were more than willing. In the meantime, I have a list of things to finish up so we’re calling our unfinished business during the month of June, ‘Summer School’. I’ll post more about that later.

How about you? What do you have planned for your summer?


  1. Yep! My guys don't know what to do with themselves with too much "free time". We've been doing some fun school stuff the past few weeks, because we finished up with the core stuff, but could NOT handle 2 1/2 months off. We'll probably move into "summer" soon with VBS and swimming lessons and vacations planned!

  2. We are schooling year round this year. My daughter needs it to get extra skills practice in. This extra practice, in addition to our usual activities at the state park and library, and the daytrips we often take are gearing up for a more than busy summer.

    When we do take time off from school (even on the weekends), she becomes bored. She gives me the look like, ok, let's do something.

    Congrats on your anniversary! 18 years is a long time!


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