Ah, day one of “Nowhere To Go, No Place to Be”. It is currently 10:38 am as I start this post. And Boo and I are in full pajamas. What bliss! Of course this will be very embarrassing if that package I’m expecting shows up this morning and I have to answer the door in my pj’s. C’est la vie!
On the agenda for today is just the usual daily migration to the food shop so we can eat. I was hoping to take Boo into the forest just up the path from our house but the weather looks pretty iffy. Once in the forest in can take awhile to get back out and I really don’t feel like getting wet today.
I’ve been doing loads of investigation as to what to do for school next year. We have officially de-registered Boo from the IB school here. Whenever we travel to get Little Miss it will mean we won’t get back until Nov or later which means missing loads of school. With moving then in March it would be too many school changes. I am planning to homeschool Boo with a program from Seton (http://www.setonhome.org/) for the first grade. Now before I get loads of comments about not being legal in Germany – Boo is only 5 1/2, turning 6 Feb 1 – one month later we move. So legally, Germany does not make school mandatory till 6 years. We are good. This is going to be extremely interesting. I’ve never homeschooled before, most I’ve taught was a stint as a preschool teacher at 18 and working the toddler room at a daycare. I have been wanting to try this though. Seton thankfully makes it really easy. They make the lesson plans and say basically read this, discuss this and write this. I don’t have to do too much thinking. After asking loads of questions on my Catholic Moms board they have told me that for first grade a school day should only take about 2 hours a day to complete. I think as long as Little Miss takes a morning nap we should be able to do pretty much all of it while she sleeps. Giving me the time to dedicate soley to Boo which will be good. I also signed up for a homeschooling group near my parents that have local activities we can participate in. Mixing with other kids will be great and I can ask questions if I have any problems and have someone local for the answer. I think it’s going to work out great and be a good experience. We will have set rules though. For instance starting school at 9 am, fully dressed, teeth brushed, hair combed, same as if it was school outside the house. I think that will be really important to keep to a schedule. The program I chose includes something like 21 books. Seems an awful lot, I don’t remember having that many in first grade. Of course there are a few more books and such because we will be doing religion course (Seton is a Catholic Homeschool Program) and I believe there are 4 books just for religion. I am just happy that it’s all included in the price.
Wish me luck – we’re going to need it!
And because it’s such a Beautiful Day in Germany you get a little video 🙂
And the reward after the rain: