Well, we’ve slowly gotten back into the swing of things, but 4 dental appointments in one week does not hold out much success for school!
Yesterday, Face asked a question that I couldn’t answer right away… “Why don’t we do sign language anymore?”
Good question! It seems like in my desire to get back to normal, ASL got bumped off the list! Not on purpose, just sorta happened. I really want to learn/teach ASL. I think it’s an awesome language skill to have that will benefit us/them in our volunteer work.
This isn’t the first time this has happened. It’s been on our schedule for 3 years now, and every time we have Winter Break.. when we come back, it’s not on the schedule.
This last winter break was the straw that broke this camel’s back. I feel as if I actually overscheduled our school day. So, what can I do to revive the ASL…?
Well, since I hate long breaks in our schooling, I’m outlawing them! Ha Ha… no really, from now on, the most we can take off at a time is 5 days. We will unschool for those time periods, but we can’t quit cold turkey! It leaves behind too many casualties!
So, I’m already putting together a schedule for the summer. And guess what is first – well, right after Bible Study – yup, ASL! Even if we only do Bible Study and ASL over the summer, that will make this Mom-Teacher very happy!
Will it work? Of course!! Ok, no really – it can’t hurt. The summer break is harder on the kids than on me. I’m tired of feeling like Homeschooling is a chore after Winter break. so hopefully, this will keep us motivated year-round.
I’m feeling very good about this approach, and I’ve even discussed it with my minions, children. They’re on board with it. (yay!)
Each summer, the kids participate in the Summer Reading Program through our library, and they enjoy it. Since we’ve moved away from Twaddle books (or Dumbed-down, as the girls call it), we’re going to keep up with the amount of minutes read during the summer, instead of the number of books. They’re on board with this, too! (another yay!)
You can bet that I’ll post about how this whole thing works out! Hopefully, it’ll inspire others who may suffer from After-the-long-break blues!