We started school today. Okay, we really only did about 10 mintues. Still, it's starting. It has been very hot and very dry lately and the kids have been spending a lot of time indoors. Last night I discussed with them my idea of doing school year-round, spreading our breaks out more instead of taking off 2+ months every summer.
Predictably, they were not thrilled. Even after I explained that this would allow us to be more relaxed, let us have shorter days throughout the year, allow us to take more time off at Christmas, etc... they just weren't buying it.
I will admit to feeling some guilt-okay more than some guilt at suggesting that we cut summer short and start lessons. But I just keep coming back to this: if it's too hot to be outside anyway- why not? Let's take off a few days in the cooler fall weather and start plugging away now.
So, we are starting. I think once we get in the groove of just a little work each day, the kids will be fine with it. There were no complaints this morning when I told them we were going to start our next Sonlight read-aloud, Carry on Mr. Bowditch. I read it to them over breakfast and that was it for the day. Tomorrow, if all goes well, I'd like to do a Life of Fred chapter with each of them in addition to the read-aloud. Then we will stop and go swimming and fishing. I am aiming for one hour of work each day we are home from now until mid-August. If it's raining or exceptionally hot, we may do two hours.
In the meantime I have been doing a lot of reading and thinking about year-round homeschooling, and the more I read, the more I like it. The idea of being able to take more days off during other seasons is appealing. The idea of adding a little structure to the summer is appealing (again just an hour or two per day during summer!). The idea that everyone will not forget their math is appealing. Lots of things are appealing, but there is much to think about!