September is looming around the corner and of course my thoughts are of, "Back to school". The weather changes and my body can feel the back to schoolness of the air. For some this feeling might be of exccitemet of new beginings, of clean pristine notebooks and paper ready for the new student who is going to buckle down this year.
For me,I still get nervous and I like reminding myself, "You are not going back" I generally have to remind myself this until the end of September.
For my kids though, September is just one more month closer to Johanna's birthday and Christmas, which they count down all year long.
I try not to make September sound like the beginning of anything and hope they feel the same about September as any other month. We enjoy the back to school sales in August and we celebrate the 1st day of NOT back to school at the zoo each year on the first day of our town's first day back to school.
In my head though the plans are reeling for the "school year" which we do not follow but my own habits wont let me relinquish.
I try and introduce my kids to various subjects and see what sticks throughout the year. My kids dont; know that in September I get his urge to "buckle down" to "do" school. I'm pretty sure it is really just that clean notebook smell in the air that makes me want to get down to business. So I placate myself with trips to Staples for "back to school" supplies; which include glue sticks and pens and rulers and oh those lovely brand new notebooks. 10 cents a piece!!!! I love those notebooks because they make me feel ready to face the world because I can write things down and take notes and make lists. I will conquer homeschooling,oh I mean eclectic homeschooling, no no I mean unschooling, whatever it is called I can conquer it with those notebooks.
...And then I remember; there is nothing to conquer. September is merely about "almost fall" and my birthday and one month til Johanna's birthday and 3mos 'til Christmas.
I'll keep trying to save the "New year" for January.
Michael snapped the above pic with a camera he got for his birthday. )
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