An Overscheduled Summer

August is here and summer is coming to an end. I was expecting to start Storyteller’s 1st grade year about now but those plans have been put on hold. It is still very hot here and most people hide indoors for a good chunk of the day so I figured we’d get our school year started. But we need some time to unwind from the craziness that has been our summer so far.

Storyteller did two weeks of an all day camp at the Springs Preserve. You can read about her adventures during the first week at Homeschooled Kid Goes to Summer Camp. She just finished her second week. In between those two camps we went on a family vacation up to Montana. We met up with my Dad, my brother and my four nieces for a couple of days out in the middle of nowhere for some fishing and horseback riding. Storyteller also did two weeks of an intensive swim clinic.  Her swimming class is normally 30 minutes once a week. The clinic was a one hour class for five days in a row.  She made such great progress during the first week that we didn’t hesitate to sign her up for round two when she asked.  At the end of the second week, she moved up a level.  She had been stuck for some time so it was really exciting to see the progress she made in such a short amount of time.

Comedian has been keeping busy with her usual weekly swim classes.  She also wanted to try gymnastics this summer but the park and rec program we choose happened to include activities on a giant trampoline.  Storyteller would have loved it but Comedian is afraid of heights and being on things that bounce.  We haven’t been able to get her in a bounce house yet.  She made it through the trampoline part of the class with just a few tears but I couldn’t get her to even enter the room the next week.  So, she decided to try ballet.  Again we turned to a park and rec class and she enjoyed it but the teacher just drove me nuts.  Each week she started the 30 minute class 10-15 minutes late.  Even though it was cheap, it felt like a waste of our time.  Since she enjoyed it I looked for an actual dance studio.  It turns out that there’s one down the street from us.  I wasn’t ready for the season to start so soon but ready or not here we go!  She had her first dance class there on Monday and she loved it.  Will she make it to the spring recital?  We’ll see!  I can’t help but get excited at the thought of one of my girls on stage.  Storyteller has no interest in dance classes but perhaps it’s a good fit for Comedian.

In between all those camps, clinics, classes and a vacation, we still made the usual trips to the library and parks.  We also went to Mount Charleston twice, the Children’s Discovery Museum twice and the Springs Preserve.  Whew!

I see on many homeschooling Facebook groups that many people have recently started their new school year or are starting this week.  I have all the supplies and curricula that we’ll be using this coming year.  Most of it is ready to go but starting school is the last thing on my mind right now.  We need a few weeks to just chill.  We’ll still continue to see friends at parks and outings but I’m not planning on doing much else.  So much for the idea of year round homeschooling!  It doesn’t look like that is going to happen this year which is perfectly fine.  It’s time to relax for now.



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