Atypical School Days

Our homeschool often resembles a mountain road. Life changes shape our day, and sometimes, significantly alter our school schedule. This is obviously true alongside big events, such as having a new baby in the house or just following a long trip, but smaller changes have their effect also.

One school day a couple weeks ago consisted of everyone gathering around for a read-aloud and conversation in addition to some minor independent assignments. We read God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies, a book we've picked up several times over the course of the year.

Another day was taken up with travel. In the car we did some math drills, as we often do; the kids find it fun. We also, at other times, have sung our memory songs, of which we have many, on the ride.

A sentence sentence sentence is complete complete complete when five simple rules it meets meets meets1...

We'd been doing an augmented school day a week or two ago, so we got to what we got to. That's not that much different from our normal school day, except that I just expect to finish considerably less.

We swallowed up part of school time discussing Martin Luther on Reformation Day. We met a friend at a nearby pool another day recently. And then of course there are those days off that are reserved for all-day play. Well, they're not really reserved; it's much less planned than that.

The British Isles, the British Isles, in the Atlantic across the channel from France2...

I don't have any suggestions or organizational tips. For this season of life we are not on a well-defined schedule, and that's just where we are. It has given us freedom to take breaks as needed, to pick up and pay someone a visit at the drop of a hat, bake cookies, complete a complicated LEGO creation, travel unexpectedly, and to change focus as needed.

For peace of mind I often find it helpful to remember the number of breaks we had in public school throughout the year. There were teacher inservice days, public holidays, weekends, and seasonal breaks. We had as much as three months out between school years, and we generally spent such breaks on useless pursuits and TV.

So take heart, weary mommas, breaks are ok. Breaks are needed, and they're good.

  1. The "Sentence Jingle" from Shurley English language arts curriculum.

  2. "The British Isles" from Geography Songs.