September is here again.
For the past 5 years or so we have gone camping the last two weeks of August. It is always a wonderful trip but I am invariably shocked by that first glance of the calendar when we get back and I see it will be September...ummm......in two days??? My fuzzy beach brain starts to turn its wheels amid the leftover grit of sand that pours from every person and article of clothing that comes into the house. September...September....Oh....September!! SCHOOL days...right...we've got to start something that at least resembles something school-like, right? Well...it's not Labor Day yet. So we wait until after Labor Day weekend which gives me time to begin the mountains of laundry and the unpacking and deal with all the other ramifications of an extended camping trip.
Ok we'll start Tuesday, Sept 7th...but that is Katie's Birthday!! Start school on Katie's Birthday? No I couldn't do it; especially since there won't be any real presents to open as every penny Ed and I can scrape together is going to pay for Katie's trip to England with the Youth Orchestra this summer. Her birthday request - a ride to daily Mass - that I can do.
Wednesday? Well sure but we have a scheduled violin lesson in the morning and Choir starts in the afternoon.....Thursday? YES....we start Thursday! Well...sort of... I mean we are trying to clean up the house so Katie can have a friend over for a sleepover this weekend...I have an appointment Friday....I at least clean and arrange the Festival Table which displays new treasures from Cape Cod as well as some old favorites in honor of The Nativity of Blessed Virgin under one of my favorite Marion titles - Star of the Ocean.
This is our homeschool life in September....the activities that have been left off for the summer creep back into the schedule. We are still outside everyday basking in the waning days of summer. We are reading our latest read aloud, Swallowdale - a great fit for this last month of summer. The calendar is already filling up and by the next Monday the math books are out once again....