Fall back into School

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I love Fall.  Although most of you in the lower 48 probably have another month or two left of summer, those of us up here in the north are saying good-bye to summer and getting ready for Fall.  I like all the seasons, but Fall is my favorite.   It’s is the most exciting to me. I love the change in the air.  I love switching from summer wardrobe (shorts), to colder weather wardrobe (jeans and cute boots).  I love the smells, the changing leaves, and the anticipation as the holiday season approaches.  As a kid, Fall represented one thing –  “back to school.” It was an exciting time of change – finding out who my homeroom teacher was and seeing who was going to be in my class.  It was always a little disappointing when the summer came to an end, but the excitement and transition of Fall made up for it.  I also loved the shopping – new shoes, new jeans, and school supplies, too.  It was all fun.  New pencils, new notebooks, new backpack, new lunchbox…… the beginning of a new school year made anything seem possible.  It was a magical time.  Some of my fondest childhood memories involve going back to school and the autumn season in general.

Now times have changed.  I’m not a kid anymore, and I’m not a student anymore either, but I still love fall. I still love the change in the air (and the shopping).  It’s challenging now that we homeschool, I feel that my kids are not fully experiencing the back-to-school excitement that I did as a child.  Even though my kids attend a charter school for homeschoolers  (where they go to the school one day a week), it’s not the same as it was for me in public school.  Which is not a bad thing –  homeschooling has been wonderful and I wouldn’t change it for the world.  It has opened up many opportunities that we wouldn’t have had otherwise, and most importantly when my husband is home for his two weeks, he actually gets to be with the kids…they aren’t off at school for over 8 hours everyday. They get a LOT of quality time together. But, with all that said, I still miss the back to school excitement. We still go school supply shopping, we still go school clothes shopping….but it’s not the same.   I try to make a big deal out of the school shopping, hoping that that will help and make it seem exciting.  I let the kids help pick out their own school supplies and new shoes.  They enjoy going through and organizing the books and curricula and seeing everything we’ll do in the coming year. They look forward to going to the school and meeting new friends and seeing their favorite teachers.  Fall is a time of change and transition for them, and  I hope I’m making it enjoyable for them like it always was for me.  They are also disappointed that summer is over; nonstop playtime is coming to an end, and structured days are starting with less free time and more schedule.  Overall, fall is an exciting time of both endings and beginnings.  I hope that even though we homeschool we are making back-to-school memories that will last forever. I hope one day my children will look back on this time and remember it as an exciting season where they felt anything was possible. This is my goal as we fall back into school.
Homeschool moms, what are some ways that you make the back to school season exciting?
About jenna

Jenna has been an oilfield wife for over 12 years. Her Hot Oil Man husband started working in the oilfield a few months before they were married. The oilfield has lead them all the way from Northern CO to Alaska, where they've lived in the Matanuska Valley for 4 years. The family consists of their two children; a strong-willed daughter age 10, and a goofy son age 7. And of course what family would be complete without a couple of dogs and rabbits thrown in the mix. Jenna is a stay at home mom who doesn't “stay at home” much, and enjoys gardening, baking, reading, watching movies, four wheeling, hiking, fishing, and LOVES shopping. Since moving to the last frontier they have also started home schooling, which is another adventure all it’s own.

Comments

  1. Fall has always been my favorite too, but a large part of it is the harvest. Gathering in all the fruit of my summer labors. Somehow putting up the garden produce makes life feel safe and centered. Drawing back into the home and community after running wild all summer. Goes back to the days of putting up for the winter.

    • I like the feeling of having the pantry and freezer stocked, too. It makes me feel like I’m ready to hibernate for the winter. 😉

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