If you've read this blog over the course of time, you'll know that we are a baseball family...a serious baseball family. That doesn't mean a practice once a week and a game on the weekend during the four nicest months of the year. No, for our family, baseball is nearly a ten-month commitment, with the bulk of the activity for two boys taking place over the summer months.
Our oldest son recently rejoined his high school team once the state of Ohio passed a law allowing home educated students to participate in extracurricular activities in their district of residence. So, conditioning for that team began in the winter. Additionally, he had winter practice/conditioning for his summer team during early winter. The high school season just started up a week or so ago and his summer schedule will start a week or so after the high school season ends. So, we're looking at an intense baseball schedule from mid-March to early August (so, about 5 months). He also plays fall baseball with a different team, heading to showcases in September and October, so there's another couple of months. Oh, and since he just earned his OHSAA umpire certification, he will be umpiring games in his spare time! His younger brother (11) starts winter practice in January and his season started in late March and runs through the first week of August. He, too, will play fall ball until October.
All this is to illustrate that summer, for us, is not necessarily an easy time. However, it is a fun time, filled with travel throughout the states of Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan with some extended visits to Georgia (twice), Florida, and New York.
Learning on the Road
Since we tend to live a lifestyle of learning around here, we don't really have a start and stop date for "school", although we do acknlowedge the local district's calendar for record-keeping purposes. Summer travel is an excellent time for us to continue our learning adventures. I try to find a few interesting, non-baseball things to do on our trips to keep the younger, non-baseball members of the family entertained. Since we'll be staying on the beach in Panama City, Florida this summer, we'll have lots of fun exploring the beach. There will be ample opportunity to practice geography skills along the way. We may read a few beach-related books, such as Pagoo and Seaside Naturalist. We had a great time a couple of years ago when we went to Myrtle Beach, SC. I'm looking forward to repeating the beachy fun!
Preparing for College
Probably the most signicant thing we'll be doing over the summer is preparing for our oldest to go off to college. She is currently a freshman at UC Clermont College and is in the process of transferring to Bowling Green State Univeristy (OH). So, we'll be making housing arrangements and shopping for college stuff over the course of the summer, and will eventually move her into her dorm sometime in August.
Our next oldest is hoping to get the state funding for PSEOP, the dual-enrollment option in Ohio. So, sometime during the summer he'll need to take placement tests (even though he has taken the ACT), register for classes, and attend orientation at the local branch college. On top of all that, he will be in a really serious recruiting period. College baseball coaches have already been in contact with him through e-mail and on unofficial visits to campuses, and he has maintained phone and e-mail contact with a few of those coaches. Come July 1, coaches will then be allowed to initiate phone contact with our son and we hope that offers will begin popping up. So, I'll then be working on finishing up the incredible amount of paperwork for NCAA, to make sure he has all the required credits, etc.
For our next oldest, a rising sophomore, we will have a meeting to chart her course for the next school year. I like working with my teens and getting their input when it comes to their course of study. The beauty of homeschooling is we have the freedom to take our child's interests to heart when planning a curriculum. Lizzy is a voracious reader who has read through the Hunger Games trilogy and most of the John Green books a few times. She's moving onto some more mature titles and has developed an interest in Jack Kerouac and the Beat generation. So maybe we'll work on some modern American literature, American History and pop culture.
So, what are your summer plans?