A couple of weeks ago, I shared a post about our traditions and how we start our school year with pictures and pancakes. We always start on the day after Labor Day and aside from my high school student, we planned to do the same thing this year.
I typed that post the week before it was published. But as life would have it, we actually did a soft start on the same day that post published. We were supposed to be enjoying a couple of weeks at the river with family to finish out our summer.
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However, on the Friday we were supposed to head out we found out that we would not only be unable to go to the river, but we needed to quarantine in our home for two weeks. The kids all felt fine and so we talked about it and decided that they would spend those two weeks doing schoolwork and enjoying some afternoons in our little above ground pool.
That Monday, I was sick and unable to make pancakes and take pictures. However, the children took their contracts and set to work. The big kids even helped my first grader so that he could complete most of his work. They continued with that plan over the two weeks and got a lot of work done even though we had not done our official start. We did not start our morning time and I did not work with my first grader in his phonics program (though he did keep working on Reading Eggs online). However, they were able to get lots of work done and enjoyed getting started with all of their new curriculum.
By going ahead and getting some work done, I felt more able to reschedule our time with family during September and not worry about taking time off so early in the school year.
Yesterday, we had our official first day, complete with pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes, hot apple cider, and pictures! It was actually a great start because they had already done some work in August, so they were able to dive right into the day and get going.
This experience reminded me that one of the many benefits of homeschooling is the flexibility. Have you had any experiences with homeschooling that made you thankful for the flexibility? Is it hard for you to switch up your plans when life throws you a curve ball? I struggle with it sometimes, but find that when we can be flexible it makes things much easier to handle.
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