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It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year again! Planning Season - that glorious time of year when anything seems possible and the next school year is perfect! :D
This coming School Year 2013-2014 will find me with an 11th grader, a 9th grader, and a 6th grader.
What the heck?!?!?!?!
I'm not sure how this happened, except that we started homeschooling in 2002 and that was 11 years ago and this is how it goes.
So this year, I find myself overwhelmed with the task of planning the last 2 years of Austin's high school education. Since he may not be college bound, I feel the burden of getting "all the learning" into him while I can! I know this is illogical, but that's how I'm feeling right now.
I find myself making list after list of "Books Austin HAS to Read Before Graduation!" The list is so long the poor kid would have to spend 15 hours a day reading just to get through them all.
And let's just ignore the fact that most of these books I'd never even heard of until a couple of years ago, let alone read myself in high school OR college, and I managed to live these last 40-some years in ignorant bliss - MY SON MUST READ ALL THE BOOKS!
So my major task this summer is to find balance. He can't read all the books. But maybe, just maybe, in the next two years I can help him find some joy in learning. School hasn't come easy for him - not even a little bit. I know that has to be frustrating for him (it has been for me as his teacher and I'm not the one who really has to do the hard work here), and I can certainly understand why he'd be ready to shut the books and never open one again. I wouldn't blame him, honestly.