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Back to School Week–Finally!

It’s hard not to notice the jubilation in the air from mom’s everywhere, celebrating the fact that their kids are back to school starting this week.

My kids have been looking forward to this week since June, when school let out. All of a sudden all their favorite places were crowded and overrun with kids who were previously in school. It really cramped their style. “When is school getting back in?” they’d ask over and over while looking despondently at the parking lots full of cars.

Monday we celebrated everyone else’s first day back to school by going to the Rec. Center pool and enjoying the relative peace and quiet. There were a handful of other families there, and we smiled happily at each other while silently saying ‘Isn’t this great?!’

Friday we’ll go to a ‘Not Back to School’ picnic with our fun local homeschooling group, and then maybe play Brain Age on the Wii to ensure our brains aren’t atrophying too much.

It’s a heady time for homeschoolers, when the obvious difference of educational paths is highlighted by a cultural norm that we consciously opt out of. I remember the first time I heard Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall”. It was daring, rock ‘n roll, and total counterculture…even though I didn’t know what all that was in 5th grade. It’s kind of like that.

So, just like last year, here’s to another school year–for those who participate in it and for those who opt out. In either case, the goal is the same…the education of our kids. Viva la learning!


7 Responses

  1. As a fellow unschooler/homeschooler, I can so appreciate this post. We get so spoiled during the year, having all of the fun places to ourselves during school hours.

    Happy back to school time! We’re planning to attend our local group’s Not-back-to-school picnic as well.

  2. I have been counting down to this too. We’ve got another few days. Its funny to have the school calendar affect us still, even when we opt out of the system.

  3. Monday couldn’t come soon enough, and J’s preschool start on Tuesday is also longed for. I wish I could homeschool/unschool, but knowing my kids, especially the oldest, it wouldn’t be healthy for us. Perhaps in the future, but certainly not right now.
    Today I will take J to the library (ahhh…I love our library) and the playroom at the rec center. I shall read, he will run like a maniac, and all will be right with the world. πŸ™‚

  4. A not-back-to-school picnic!! How fun!! We are also looking forward to the kids being back in school. Everyone here goes back next week, on Thursday. When I reminded the boys yesterday that schoolkids have to start back next week, my youngest said, “Then it’s a good thing we’re not schoolkids!” Indeed!

  5. Happy, happy!

  6. Woo-hoo!!! All the schools are back in session in OKC and and we can get back to enjoying outings without the crowd!!! We, too, are looking forward to our Not-Back-To-School Party on Friday. I’m with ya on a great start to another school year!! Enjoy!!

  7. I know what you mean! The boys were noticing that for the first time this year…the boys are excited that everyone is going back to school so that we can go on a mini vacation and not be shoehorned in places. Yay!!!! πŸ™‚

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