Thanksgiving Break and Fall Cleaning
I feel so very domesticated. I never thought that I’d just be thrilled to have a break from schooling simply so that I could get some deep cleaning done. Sort of like I never thought I’d be thrilled to get a vacuum cleaner for Christmas.
We don’t have a full day of school on Fridays, ever. We save them for special outings, the library, errands, and cleaning. Today was a cleaning day. It’s still — in many ways — a learning day, because, IMO, I think 10 year old kids should know how to clean a bathroom, and (in my somewhat limited observation), not very many of them do. So, everyone chipped in with “special” chores, or watched Audrey while everyone else was busy, and we got a lot done today. Among other things, I was able to get the entire fridge cleaned, inside and out — every shelf and drawer and door was removed, every washable part washed. Just getting that done makes me feel like today was a success.
So, today was a head-start on next week. Every year, we take the entire week of Thanksgiving off. That way, I can be free to deep-clean the house (since we almost always host a meal for family), cook & bake, plus prepare for my hubby’s birthday (which, being 11/23, almost always falls right around Thanksgiving). I have a list of “special projects” that I need to get done next week, and I’m so happy to be able to have the days off to devote to The List.
We have been schooling for 10 weeks straight, which feels like a Very Long Time. I usually like to school for six weeks on, one week off. But, due to how our family’s summer vacation fell, our first week of school wasn’t until September 10th, and if I “indulged” in a week off after only 6 weeks of schooling… well, that would just mean too much time off in November and December, and we wouldn’t get done with school until July. Ack.
So… does anyone other homeschooling out there family take the whole Thanksgiving week off?