I ended up taking the summer off from blogging, didn't mean to, but as the air grows cooler, I find myself back in an academic frame of mind. (Today it's in the mid-80's in Wisconsin, but it was cooler before, summer's hanging on, and that's okay with me.)
It's so cliche to say that summer "flew by", but there is something about unplanned days that unfold to include watermelon, swimming, and late nights of Harry Potter movies that just make the sand go through the glass at an alarming rate.
I usually cringe at the end of summer, but since we started home schooling, it's another exciting phase of our lives.
I don't mind the shift to a routine after lackadaisical summer, but it's because I have one that I appreciate the other.
We officially started our school last Monday. Our recent family trip to Washington DC encouraged us to up the ante. I found it fascinating to see how our founding fathers loved to learn. How in the Smithsonian's exhibit about Lincoln, it said he was "home schooled". Now I am not naive; I know that he was in a log cabin, and he probably did not home school by choice, but his passion for learning never wained. Walking through Jefferson's library in the Library of Congress, here was a man whose quest and purpose in life was to learn everything about everything.
So, our family found inspiration in the largest sense this summer...the kids have lofty goals for themselves, and Tony and I are here to help them along the way. Why would anyone sell their children short with curtailing their possiblities? Cherry Street school is now in session...