I've taken these next days off from work to concentrate on getting together our home school portfolios. Last night I gathered together all the paperwork I have and separated it into subject area and student. Usually I do this throughout the year and simply have to look over it all, write a brief summary, make up a reading list and we're done.
This year I had something called a job, outside the home, to add to my other jobs, inside the home, and just never got around to purchasing the 3-ring binder to house these papers and photos that compose our school year. I know, I know sounds simple: buying a binder, except I try to never, ever go into Wal-Mart.
So, with the load of it all weighing heavy on me this year I thought it best to take a little vacation to get it together, or at least attempt to. I also have made the hard choice to do something we've never done in the 10 years we've home schooled; I've decided to school 3-days a week through the summer for J and continue writing for V. We may also use this program over 3 Saturdays this summer, a really good skill for the boys to have.
Yuck! I know, my kids already moan over this, but we just took a little too much time off this year and could cover a little more over the summer months. On a good note we're going to be going back to some unit studies.
When the boys were in elementary school that all we did- unit studies! Most I got from Konos and still others I made up myself. So this week we're digging into the automobile, it's history (which interesting enough after steam autos electric came next... hind site is 20/20) and in conjunction with that study we'll learn about the Great Depression. So with that said I better stop typing and get the kids up and fed and ready to learn.