This is one of those crazy busy weeks. In fact, September is one big crazy busy week. Why I even bother to get us into a routine this month is beyond me. Must be my eternal optimism. My cup isn't half full, it's spilling over.
Anyway, September always seems to mean back to carschooling for us. It starts innocently, with Chase's tae kwon do belt test preparations. Then the religious education program starts. Yes, I have my kids take religious instruction. I consider it an opportunity for them to have a taste of "real school." Sometimes a taste is all you need to be satisfied. Good thing we have those deep philosophical discussions about our faith. They've helped overcome the effects of some rather, um, spirited classes. Last year Sierra had ballet as well. We are letting that go for now, hoping that both her maturity and our finances grow enough to handle it. Nature class is the next thing to start, and this week also includes storytelling and a trip to visit another great aunt. Our library visits are a perpetual thing, but I have to admit that I've been a slacker over the summer and often only used one library. I am very thankful for inter-library loans.
Carschooling offsets some of the guilt from a busy travel schedule. Car trips become a time to holler along to Beethoven's Wig, to read history books, listen to Muzzy Spanish, play thinking games like Twenty Questions or pore over the atlas. At least I hope that's what's happening back there. Hard to tell when you're trying to keep your eyes on the road. If I'm lucky, what they don't get from active listening, they'll get from osmosis.
Next week Marina begins her Confirmation preparation. I predict a lot of catching up come mid-October. Then again, we are never behind. We just pick up where we left off and plod along, slow and steady. Homeschooling allows for that.
And please remind me of that when my first quarterly report comes up in November.