I had a plan for the summer and I was confident in my plan.
And now I'm not.
My plan was to do school year round. Maybe lighten it enough to be done by 1:00, but it's not looking good. I'm losing their focus as the days warm.
We have always "done school" through the summer and so I know that we will continue with reading, writing and arithmatic, but I had hoped for much more. Mostly because I love the flexibility that would come the rest of the year if we put in 8-10 solid weeks in the summer. But, they're distracted and who can blame them? Heck, I want to be outside.
August will be hot and miserable and we will undoubtedly school then, but now, during the most beautiful days of the year? Yea, no one is really interested - including me.
But, but, but.......I have so many plans.
Plans. We've addressed this already, haven't we?
As I seek to adjust my summer plan I have some unshakable demands:
Literature reading - 4 days
Math tutoring Kari - 4-5 days
Writing/Grammar tutoring Kari - 4-5 days
Math review Valerie & Kevin - 3-4 days
Grammar work V & K - 3 days
Writing SWB all bigs - 3 days
Jaden full curriculum - 4 days
Jaden's curriculum only takes us a couple of hours (or less) a day and if I keep her going through the summer then I can lay off of her periodically during the school year to focus on the bigs. She's also doing late second and third grade work, so I'm feeling confident. She's 1/2 way through her 2nd grade math curriculum and I do want to finish that before summer is over. That means she'll start multiplication in the fall. I think she'll be able to handle that okay, but if it's just too much developmentally then I can step back and chill for a bit.
The kids wonder if this will be a lot of summer work (literature takes some time), but I know that this isn't much really. Especially for V & K. Kari's tutoring is essential and, thankfully, it's not too painful for Kari. She's actually doing very well. My heart desperately wants to get her caught up so that she will not have to suffer long term from the mistakes of adults that made selfish decisions. Maybe I won't be able to fill in all the holes, but I sure am going to try and, from the looks of things, she's going to do her best too!
Tweeking the plan......