I have waited for this week for quite a while now. It is our first week off from homeschooling since we started the school year the day after Labor Day. That means 11 weeks with no break. It may not sound like much, but believe me, it is. It is almost one third of the school year!
Keeping up with five different students on five different levels, making sure they all keep a steady pace and don't get behind on their work in any one subject, is stressful. It doesn't matter if I am tired at night or behind on everything else, I still have to check all their work from the day, and set up the next day's assignments. Even when we took a short vacation or went on field trips, we still made up for all the work allotted for that week in the remaining days. It will be nice not to have to be so disciplined this week.
After this week, we will be doing school for three more weeks before taking a two week Christmas break. In the new year, I think the longest we go without a break is eight weeks - so the hardest part is definitely behind us.
Some of our projects for this week are to get the grocery shopping for the Thanksgiving weekend done - we generally like to go into hiding and not even get anywhere close to any store for those four days because of the mad dash shoppers. I am working on making some hair bows for the girls, as well as other Christmas gifts, and also need to figure out what to do for the kids' advent calendars. Anna will have a cupcake party for her first birthday in two and a half weeks (can you believe it has been almost a year???!?), and John is having a jungle birthday party in three weeks, both of which I have much work left for. Then I think I may finally drag myself to switch the closets from summer to winter. Not because it is cold here, yet - I just don't have time to tackle a project like that during a school week, and surely, it will have to get cold sometime, right? The boys won't like me putting away their shorts for the next, oh, two months? Can you tell I am excited about doing this?
Then of course there are the funner aspects of taking time to make Thanksgiving crafts, having extra time for read-aloud stories, making yummy seasonal treats, and just generally switching into a lower gear. We will see how that works out! I guess I started this "week off" out on the wrong foot by getting up at five something this morning...
Have a wonderful week all, and don't forget to thank God daily for what He has blessed you with!