We have never had summer homework. I have never assigned it and they certainly have never requested it. We never had a need for it before. Most of our nature studies occur in the summer and this year was no exception with our super fantastic whale watch, seal viewing, shark tracking, insect photographing, drought calculating, aquarium visiting, weather watching, etc. Lilah took a writing class and Grace went away on a student leadership retreat. Lilah read all the Harry Potters and the entire Selection series and Grace decided officially she wants to be a photographer and took a class and had her work hung in a local exhibition. They babysat, dog sat, and bird sat. They earned a lot of money. Grace began teaching piano lessons and Lilah continued her cello lessons. They took two art appreciation classes at Yale. They volunteered for a week at Vacation Bible School and Lilah was a teacher's assistant in Student Ministry. She acted for the first time and loved it.
Their summer was very full.
But their "official" summer homework was pushed to the side, overlooked and out of mind. Their coop teachers have assigned homework due on the first day of class (September 12). Lilah has French to memorize. They both have a unit to read in history and questions to answer. There was an essay to submit. Tale of Despereaux needs to be read and a chart needs to be completed. Two movies need to be watched and charts completed for both. Grace also has her driver's permit exam after her birthday so the manual needs to be studied and practice tests taken. It is not a tremendous amount of work, but enough to that it cannot be left until the last few days before class begins.
So we began. This year I have made a big change. We are no longer homeschooling at home. Every free day we have we are packing up and heading to the library. This gives them until ten o'clock to sleep in late, eat breakfast, dress, read, watch The Weather Channel, edit photos, etc. It gives me permission to let them have this time knowing that at 9:55 I am leaving and the next few hours will be dedicated to school work. It is week one of this new routine but it is working. Daphne's incessant barking does not bother us. Crosby's demands to be taken to the park do not interrupt us. There is no phone ringing, no computer luring us away. There are no neighborhood sounds to irritate us. I love it. Love it. I know they would prefer to be at the table in their pajamas but I really think at this stage of our homeschooling we need to be up and dressed, fully caffeinated and ready to tackle the day before we dig into our studies. So bring it on. I'm bringing my A Game to this year and I refuse to dwell any longer in the quagmire that was our 2015-2016 year. We are giving all glory to God and with the strength he gives to us, we will do great things!