Sum, Sum, Summertime…er…Plan, Plan, Planning Time

20140612-151002-54602370.jpgNow that we’ve finished first grade, I seriously want to sit back and relax for a few weeks and enjoy the summer.  Okay, who am I kidding?  I want three straight months off like I had when I was a kid.  But now that I’m the teacher, and with the speed at which I read, that’s just not going to happen.

The end of the school year for me means it’s time to get a jump on next school year.

I can’t possibly be the only one with this compulsive guilt that if I don’t read ahead of time all the main texts my son will read this coming year, then I’m just winging it.  That’s not cool, that’s lazy homeschooling right?  I seem to think he’ll have a more fruitful, organized school year if I’ve pre-read everything.  I’ll be better able to choose the books he should read for school, ditch the books I know won’t work for us, and not waste his or my time during the school year on bad books.

Now, I don’t, by any stretch of the imagination, read all the “just-for-fun” books he’ll read.  I mean, there’s only so much Magic Treehouse a mom can take, right?  And those choices of his happen spontaneously at the library every week anyway.

But I need to pre-read the books on my list for literature and history to make sure they’re appropriate for his level, right?  Or is it enough to trust some other, very smart people who have already created book lists for classically educated, second grade students? I don’t imagine this comprehensive pre-reading is a sustainable practice through my kiddo’s high school years, or is it?

Maybe I’ll mull this over on the back porch with a glass of iced tea.

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