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Fanatic News Flash – October

I survived our first month back to school, and we’re off to a great start! Read on to find out what we’ve been up to!

I don’t know about you, but September flew by faster than a toupee in a hurricane! Speaking of hurricane, Dorian was on our heels at the time of my newsletter last month. Thankfully, the storm weakened and was back to sea quickly. It’s still hot and humid, and the mosquitoes are terrible! I’ll be glad when fall makes it’s full arrival.

It starts with a plan

My late-night sessions of planning, erasing, tweaking, and planning some more would be enough to drive some people crazy, and at times I do drive myself nuts. I’m thinking at this point it has turned into a hobby, because there’s not much more I’d rather be doing. So why does someone who leans slightly to the spontaneous side spend so much time planning? It’s so I can be spontaneous! Just last week, another homeschool mama asked us out to breakfast. I knew what we were supposed to complete because I had my week planned ahead. I was able to switch up a couple of things so we could go. It’s like playing a game of Tetris, with homemade french toast and butter syrup as the prize!

I only make detailed plans a week to ten days in advance. I’ve been doing this long enough to not get too far ahead of myself. Paring down and keeping things simple is important. It allows me to know what’s ahead, and not schedule so much that we can’t do fun things at times on a whim. What has helped me stay organized the most are my two least expensive purchases this year – a simple, no-frills planner, and a spiral notebook. My planner is nothing special, and I actually ended up with a student planner for myself this year. I’ve used all kinds of fancy planners throughout the years, and have been distracted by all the clutter. Many times, I would tear out the pages I didn’t need. I found my plain, Blue Sky Student Planner at Target, and I love it! For the kid’s assignments, I use a cheap, spiral notebook. It has worked better for us than special assignment books or printables. There is plenty of room to write out exact instructions. Those who have teens know exact instructions are important!

Things are shaping up for a great year

We’re still on our new school year honeymoon and most of the changes and additions are working well. One of my favorite changes is swapping our morning basket for a lunch crate. It’s my favorite part of the day, and I enjoy the extras. One of my favorite additions, even though it’s not a course, is Noticing Nature. We have noticed so many awesome things right outside our door by simply paying attention. I encourage you and your teens to check it out. I will have a new post soon for October.

We kicked off our NC History studies with a trip to the Fossil Museum. We’ve been several times because it’s close, but familiar places are really neat to go at different ages and stages. This time our focus was not so much on the different types of sharks teeth we could find, but what the land we were standing on was like so many years ago when there was no land to stand on. That led to interesting conversation, and talk of the never the ending debate about how old is old.

I have a few more reviews to do for the Review Crew before the year is over. If you’ve been on my Facebook or Instagram pages, you’ve seen that the art classes we’ve been trying out have been a success! Also, for the first time in my life I’m going to learn how to play chess for an upcoming review! I love reviewing products that I’ve always wanted to try and never got around to it.

How is your new school year shaping up? I’d love to hear about what’s going great in your family’s homeschool!

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