The countdown begins!

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Our new homeschool year officially begins on August 31. I’m down to three students this year in 10th, 7th, and 4th grade. I am feeling the added space in my schoolroom and in our schedule.

The schoolroom has been cleaned and dejunked (is that a word?) The art shelves were my main accomplishment this summer, but a slight repositioning of one table in our schoolroom has really opened up some floor space. I don’t know about you, but we spend a lot of time on the floor. Another desk and two computers need to be moved, but I am still sorting that one out in my head. New books are on the kids’ shelves and planbooks are ready to roll.

We get to ease into our new year this week with the start of dance company rehearsals, Monday – Thursday, 4:30 – 8 p.m. for two weeks. On the 31st we jump right into school, regular dance classes, and music class. Say goodbye to Max, my 10th grader, because that translates into 15+ hours of dance for her each week. For Audrey, 4th grade, it means only 4.5 hours of dance per week. Crozet, 7th grade, gets off easy with his 1/2 hour weekly guitar lesson.

On September 11 our homeschool co-op begins. We have been attending this Friday co-op for ten years. It has been invaluable to us in the hgher maths, sciences, and forgeign languages . Each year, our schedule is different depending on the course offerings and our students’ particular needs. Max only has 2 classes at co-op this year: French 4, and Math Lab. Our co-op is geared toward 7th through 12th graders, so this year Crozet gets to take his first “real” co-op class: General Science. I will be leading a Missouri Conservation Frontiers group for 4th-7th graders. Just 10 kids, and 2 of them are mine. I did this years ago with my oldest girls and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to summer. The pool is still inviting, and I still have a few things I wanted to get done, but in two weeks it’s all over, so I plan to enjoy what’s left of my summer and I hope you’ll do the same!

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