pH doesn’t know it yet, but she doesn’t get a summer vacation. She’s signed up for multiple camps. Yes, we have planned activities. Yes, I plan to schedule as much time with friends as possible. Yes, we’ll probably hit the museums and various other activities with more regularity than we’ve been doing even now. Vacation? Ha. Not in our cards, not until the fall (and even then, only in a small way).

jan1812aAn honest-to-FSM three months without academics? Not happening.

Part of it is practical: I don’t want her forgetting what she’s learned, and I can’t stand the idea that we’d end up reviewing at the beginning of the year.  Why would I give up three months? In the last six months, her reading has exploded in terms of complexity and comprehension. (Not that I could stop her reading at this point–in addition to what she does daily, she insists on reading me bedtime stories–but we’ll keep doing grammar work, too.)

The other side of the practicality coin: the legal researching and writing I do require flow. As in, no interruptions. I can write fiction with interruptions (although I am not happy about it) and I can edit with interruptions (the same). Legal work? Not a chance. I used to leave the office to work at home or in a library to write a brief. Since I don’t know how long the contract work well is going to be primed, I have to be able to work when projects–often last minute–drop in my lap. So she wants to read for a few hours? Great.

In anticipation for summer, I’ve relaxed the schedule a little.  If she wants to spend all day reading, that’s fine. We’ll make up the other subjects the next day or two. We’re following her interests more in terms of what we study. (Want to learn all about marsupials? Great! Here are some books.) She knows to check with me on weekdays to see if all her work is done before she can watch TV, which is an amazing motivator for her.

I’m curious to see if (or when) she figures it out. Our normal routine is pretty flexible. There are benchmarks of things we “must” do in a day–math, reading, writing, science, art, music–but I don’t always insist we fill every box, every day. I’ve become a relatively spontaneous OCD person (the things parenting does to you), so we drop plans and make new ones all the time. If the day is a bust, we’ll just bag it and go to a museum or park. There are always things going on in this city and I don’t always hear about them until the last minute, so–sure. Let’s do something new.