Summer is on its way out

Summer has passed while we were not looking 🙂 It’s definitely cooler (okay, not counting these few days of 90 degrees last week), it rains a lot, there are yellow leaves here and there. But most importantly today is the last day of Summer Vacation and tomorrow we will start 3rd grade with D. and continue pre-K with C.

I can’t believe it, but it’s going to be our 5th year homeschooling if we count D.’s pre-school year at home. I can’t imagine now what would it be like if kids went to school and I deeply appreciate everything homeschooling made possible for us. Grateful for the opportunity to stay home and teach the kiddos. So far it was the choice that suited us the best.

D. and C. are both excited to start again, we took a real break this summer, especially August. We “staycationed” again, hiked in the area a lot, D. took some tennis classes. I have lots of things planned for the school year, kids will have a lot of activities outside of home as well, we’ll see how those work out.

In the meantime I’m ready to take a big breath and plunge into our teaching/learning mode.But before I do so, I need to remind myself a few things considering the experience of previous years.

  • Get rest! It’s so easy to get lost on pinterest (yet again) and reading blogs and various articles kept me up more than once waaay beyond the bed time. This won’t do. Get sleep!
  • Be prepared for the moments when a lesson might not work. D. is older now and it’s getting harder and harder to improvise. So better have an extra option on hand always.
  • Do NOT stress. Homeschooling in particular and learning in general is not about being worried all the time. It’s not like we can’t catch up. So relax and take it easy.
  • Routine and rhythm is everything! For kids, but especially for me. We are all morning people, keep it that way.
  • Share experiences. I made this blog to keep records and share our learning experiences with family and friends and hopefully find new friends as well, so better be active. I will try my best!

Now a few of postcards of our summer. Pardon phone quality in some of those:

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sea of grass

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birch or is it aspen? grove

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wild flowers are the best

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busy busy bumblebee

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Colorado view

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Roxborough State Park

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Forgotten valley

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sunflowerous!

Places we went to that were the most memorable:

Roxborough State Park  this place is probably our most favorite spot, we went there every week, sometimes twice or three times, since we live quite close. It’s not big, but this park is absolutely gorgeous.

Meyer Ranch Park in Conifer, lovely hike with shady trails. Smell of dry pine, views of the mountains, this place is lovely in the rain (but maybe not in the thunderstorm) too.

Golden Gate Canyon State Park another great place to hike a lot and admire the views. Our favorite trail led us to the place called Forgotten valley and it’s the most pretty spot to rest before heading back.

Littleton Historical Museum, we went there for the first time and were absolutely delighted. It’s a working farm, there are animals, a working blacksmith that kids can talk to. And it’s free admission too!

Until next post in a new school year!

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