Monday, August 11, 2008

School Starting???

Sleeping Beauty is still sleeping back in her bedroom. It's nearly 9:00. She has been awaking sometime between 9:00 and 10:00 most mornings.

Suddenly this morning, I realized that next week is the last week before school starts. Now, that wouldn't have used to mean anything to me. We always homeschooled year-round. The whole concept of "starting school" seemed very foreign to me. Don't people ALWAYS learn and read and discuss and explore??? But pitifully, that's not how things have been for us recently. Unlike the older set o' kids, the youngest two are not intrepid learners and insatiable readers and are not consumed with curiosity about learning learning learning! With the move, and the adjustments, and my academic-attention focused on Paul's math for his CLEP test, there just hasn't been too much academic-attention on the two youngest kids. So we need to start something. Sometime.

I just figured we'd "start school" (whatever that will look like) when the school at church started. After all, I have this vague idea in my mind that I want to go to Matins every day, and I want to take the kids to Matins every day, and we need exercise so we will bike there. But that means we need to hop on the bikes and be on our way at 7:00 or 7:10 (depending on the endurance of Sleeping Beauty's bike-legs). And if we go to chapel daily, that'll be from 2:30 to 3:45, allowing for commute-time (again, depending on Someone's speed and endurance on her bicycle). Of course, biking 60 miles a week (to and from prayers) would be a good good plan for PE.

BUT (!!!) it would mean being out of bed, dressed, and moving long before we two females usually begin to bat our little eyelashes in some vague form of wakefulness that may have some resemblance to "getting up."

And next week is the last week to sleep in. Ohhhhhhhhhh.....

(And you know what ELSE this means? Getting going by 7:00 would mean going to bed earlier. Which would mean not goofing off on the computer at 11 p.m. AND it would mean that I'm going to have another level of readjustment on the whole eating-in-the-evening thing, and digesting before crawling into bed. The adjustment to mealtime is going to be at least as big as the adjustment to bedtime. But getting up in the morning will be good for us. Yes, it will. Sure, it will. Of course, it will. Why don't I believe that???)


  1. That makes me tired just thinking about it!

    I think I will be sticking to our later start schedule again this year. We are night owls around here. I will have to work to change that sometime, but for now, it will have to do!

    I wish you the best of luck in your early start!!

  2. You have the opportunity to go to Matins EVERY DAY? So, when you've had a rotten, terrible, no good day, you can actually literally run (or bike!) to church the next morning? Any weekday?

    Sigh. You're a lucky girl.

  3. >>Matins EVERY DAY?

    Every day that school is in session. They tried it during summer a few years ago, and that didn't work out so well. So just on school days.

    >>You're a lucky girl.

    Not only that. Besides daily Matins at 7:40, chapel is every school-day at 3:00. It's hard for me to imagine these Lutheran schools that have chapel once a week instead of 10 times.

    Being within walking or biking distance of church was a significant factor in our house-hunting. And this is a big part of the reason why.

  4. We have pretty much always studied year-round with breaks when we need them, but we still think of school as starting in the fall. That's when we typically get a few new books, supplies and clothes and come up with yet another schedule/plan to try to bring order and organization to our lives (a plan which invariably seems to never work quite as imagined!).