The next question to answer is when? How long is your ‘school year’? And when



calendarlogoThe next question to answer is when? How long is your ‘school year’? And when are your days off? Some of this goes back to your philosophy of education and mission statement. I personally believe learning is a lifelong process and I live a lifestyle of learning. I remember when I was a kid we had the ‘catch-up’ weeks at the beginning of the school year and the ‘spring fever’ at the end. Both extremes seem counter-productive to me so I took the view that spreading the weeks off throughout the year evenly worked. We did 6-week segments with two weeks off between. Maybe you prefer to stick with the local districts set calendar. There are no wrong answers here.

Flexibility is great to have. Say your child has a role in a local theater’s Spring program. Perhaps you’ve offered to help with costumes or props. Or say her soccer team made the playoffs. Yay! No matter what ‘extracurricular’ activities your family chooses to participate in you’ll have schedules and other people counting on your availability. So pick hard dates you can’t budge on and go from there. Oh, and I put extracurricular in single quotes because there’s no rule saying you can’t learn/teach using those activities. They’re all‘curricular’ in the long run. Dyslexic-girl helped lead music for one of our clubs involving gestures/movements choreographed to singing and then had to create a skit on that month’s topic. Can you think of any language skills NOT included in that activity? Oh, yeah, Anti-math girl, we were doing school!

So look at a calendar and mark off the weeks you plan to work on ‘school’ but build-in some flexibility when appropriate. Utilize one of the many apps available to stay organized. Don’t forget to share your calendar with family if you can to get everyone on track for the support and encouragement.



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