Since the Stumpf School will be officially back in session next Monday (gulp!), I've been trying to get my brain around what this year will look like for us.
I will have 6 school-age students from kindergarten to 9th grade. Plus one preschooler and a toddler that is a weapon of mass destruction. Since I will be moderating somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 subjects, this year, more than ever, I will be employing the "start slow" philosophy.
For the first two weeks of school we will focus on the basics: phonics or language arts, math, science, and subjects that are pre-scheduled for 36 weeks. We will hold off on Circle Time, History, Writing, and other subjects that I schedule for 30 weeks per year.
These "light days" will enable us to settle back in without feeling overwhelmed. We'll be able to see the areas in our schedule that need to be "tweaked." For a couple children, we're trying some new curriculum, so we'll be able to tell if it's a good fit without rushing.
The Stumpfs are ready to start back to school and the more structured days that come with it!