I’m in some sort of weird oversensitive phase about schooling. The other day, the Husband is like, the kids are doing a bit of nothing all day. And I think I may have literally jumped down his throat to be like, we only had a single week off from Shakespeare Camp! And we’re going to do school all of July and August! AND everyone else is giving me flack for that! Gah! I can’t take it from both sides!
Yeah. A slight overreaction.
I like to see myself as walking this perfect line. Okay, not perfect, I’m never perfect, but stay with me as I’m in fantasy land. I like to see myself walking this line, getting the best of both worlds all the time. We’re relaxed but rigorous. We have strong routines but we’re flexible. We eat our vegetables and our junk food. We take time off when we need to because we’re so flexible. I know, complete fantasy land, right? Sigh.
A part of me knows we really should get back to school and even wants to do it. We took off a lot of spring for travel and break, plus more than three weeks for our Shakespeare production, some of which was complete break time for the kids. We haven’t finished my science or history goals for the year. Mushroom hasn’t finished math. BalletBoy needs to finished up Explode the Code once and for all.
But there’s something perfect about a free summer, right? And it doesn’t help when other homeschoolers look a bit appalled at me that we’ll be in the middle of multiplication drills again in another week. The whole point should be flexibility. Yet for some reason I feel this pressure to “do summer.” Summer travel, swimming at the pool, outdoor music, free outdoor movies, farmer’s market mornings, splash parks, amusement parks, bike rides, lazy afternoons reading, making ice cream…
I know, I’m being absurd. And oversensitive. And the kids don’t mind. AND we’ll make ice cream. AND besides, the pool doesn’t open until noon anyway. So I should get over myself and get ourselves back to work.
Besides, what could be more summer than running through the fountain every time we pass? It’s just up the street, after all.