Homeschool.com Magazine September 2013 - Page 5

I am sure that fellow shoppers wonder why in the world my children are this ecstatic about school supplies. between August and May. So everything we do in June and July is just a bonus. August is our “back to school” month. Even though much of the curricula we use is not grade leveled, we consider August the month when everyone moves up to the next grade. We also begin new things in August. In some years, we haven’t had a very big change. But in other years we’ve had all new curricula. August is the month of new beginnings. However you decide to structure your homeschool year, I think it’s important to have a “back to school time.” I think it is good to have a time to start new, to refocus. Whether your time of transition is in August or Septemberthe traditional “back to school” months or it’s in January- a new start for a new year- it’s a good idea to be able to start anew. My kids get excited about “back to school” when they start seeing the school supply specials. Everyone loves new school supplies, and homeschoolers are no exception. Toward the end of July, I take them out for a trip to buy school supplies. I am sure that fellow shoppers wonder why in the world my children are this ecstatic about school supplies. I’m not sure, but they are. The biggest thrill for them is always to pick out a “personality binder.” We do notebooking each year, and they love to pick out the large notebook we use to separate and store the year’s work. By the time we come to the first of August, the kids have caught some of my excitement and are (at least a little) looking forward to going “back to school.” Even though our start is usually earlier than local public schools, we are ready. Most years we are beginning our new year by the second week of August. Having an official “back to school” time makes school exciting, something to look forward to. It gives us a new and fresh start. It gives us the chance to change things we need to change. It’s the way we as homeschoolers go “back to school.”