What’s on your to-do list for the last week of summer?

Sorry I have been incommunicado for the last two days, we’ve been trying to enjoy the last few days of summer and get everything ready for school.  (Some schools like Decatur have already started and many start next week. We start next Monday.)

We had the middle school meet-the-teachers last night and the elementary school meet-the-teachers tonight.

They just handed out Rose’s supply list last night so I’ve got to head back to the store for Rose’s school things.

Walsh still needs new shoes, a haircut and a new mattress. (He says the springs are poking him through the bunk bed mattress. If I remember right they said the bunk bed mattresses are thinner. Can I replace it with a regular mattress to make it thicker?)

Meanwhile, we’re trying to squeeze in a few more swim dates and catch all the Olympics that we can.  Oh and we also want to finally see the third “Madagascar” movie on Friday.

What’s on your to-do list for the last week of summer? What do you have left to do to get ready for school? What fun are you still trying to fit in?

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Denise

August 2nd, 2012
11:27 am

I took my Little to see “Ice Age” this weekend. You might want to take the kids to see that.

Augusta

August 2nd, 2012
11:48 am

We do “Five days of Family Fun” the week leading up to school. My oldest heads off to college, but commuting to Gainesville, so she’s not really “leaving” our nest just yet.

Hubs and I take the week off. Each day, one child gets to chose what we will do. Friday, Hubs and I get to pick.

Monday we went to George Pierce park and hiked the trails and had a picnic in the park. Tuesday, we went to the Zoo and had a picnic there as well. Yesterday We hit up the Aquarium (no picnic, but we had a nice dinner at home).. Today, we are going to go float on rafts at the Lake, and have, you guessed it, a picnic on the shore (Publix deli sandwiches). we are leaving in about 15 minutes. Tomorrow we are going to Chattanooga to see the Tennessee Aquarium and spending the night.

Have fun y’all…

MatthewH

August 2nd, 2012
2:25 pm

Wow, thank goodness I live in Virginia where school doesn’t start until after Labor Day. It is actualy a law, and districts that want to start early have to get a waiver to do so.

MatthewH

August 2nd, 2012
2:27 pm

Wow, thank goodness I live in Virginia where school doesn’t start until after Labor Day. It is actualy a law, and districts that want to start early have to get a waiver to do so. That being said, we have a lot on our list for August. Swimming, theme parks, visit from Grandmama, the list goes on and on.

catlady

August 2nd, 2012
2:53 pm

Your list sounds good, Augusta!

Our kids go back 2 weeks from tomorrow. Teachers have until Tuesday week. I will be still sleeping late, ignoring what I should have done all summer, reading, putting up tomatoes, looking over my clothes, visiting with the kids and grands, and thinking about the fall garden. Got a few more dr visits to get in, also. Come the 13th, I’ve got to hit the ground like a whirlwind!

Augusta

August 2nd, 2012
3:34 pm

thank you Catlady….since my oldest doesn’t start college until the 13th, she and I have a few “dates” scheduled next, just the two of us. Mani/Pedi’s is at the top of the list….

AND we are getting her an iPhone. Her first one ever. She is SO excited….

Becky

August 2nd, 2012
3:40 pm

Our two go back on the 13th and I think we have just about done all that we are going to do..They have been to Six Flags and White Water about every other day this summer..They have been to Stone Mountain 3 times this summer..We have been to Mobile, AL. to see the USS Alabama and spent the day at the beach…We took them to see the Tuskegee Airman museum..

We do plan on going to FL. when the weather cools off some…Of course, we go to KY and VA every year, so will do that during one of their breaks..They just turned 10 the end of June and both want to fly, so that also is something in the works..

@Augusta..My two love Chattanooga..We have been there 3-4 times and they still enjoy going…We try to take ours somewhere different each summer and they like that. We have been to Pigeon Forge to see the Titanic museum..Have you taken your family there yet?

LM

August 2nd, 2012
3:43 pm

DD starts back for her Junior year on the 13th. Nothing special planned. Both hubs and I work and have very long drives. DD has a part time job and has worked with my a few days this summer. Even when she was in elementary school, we didn’t make it a big deal before starting back to school.

King Kong III......

August 2nd, 2012
4:00 pm

I sold my kids to a gypsy troupe from Mongolia…….They’ll train them for a Cirque du Soleil show in Vegas and we’ll all live happily ever after…… Me, of course, in Costa Rica…..And good luck to you……Your King

homeschooler

August 2nd, 2012
4:19 pm

After reading MatthewH’s comment, I believe I will move to Virginia. HATE these August starts! Summer just doesn’t FEEL over. Remember what it was like to start at the beginning of September when the air in the mornings was cool and shopping for fall back to school clothes was fun. Now it’s all messed up. Get a few pair of shorts for the first month of school because the ones they wore all summer look dingy. Then you have to buy fall clothes sometime later when the newness of school has worn off.
Back on topic. Like always, I’ll be scrambling to do all the things I put off all summer. Shopping for books and supplies, lesson plans etc.. Big change this year though. My oldest is going to start a small private school. Wish us luck. I’ve had 12 cherished years at home with him but I just don’t think I can give him all he needs for middle school. He’s excited. I’m excited. We’ll see how it goes. He starts on the 13th.

FCM

August 2nd, 2012
4:52 pm

Hey GA Legislature see Matt’s comment. See Homeschooler’s comment.

PLEASE get a referendum on the ballot to start school AFTER labor day. I bet if you do that, you won’t need those “furlough” days and it will also probably help with your budgets! I know if you get it done I will work to re-elect you. If you don’t I will work equally hard for whomever runs against ya!

As to the topic: This summer my two: Went to the lake, camped in the woods, went to White Water, went to Disney, went to Universal, went to Sea World, went to the beach, went to see Winter (Dolphin Tale), went to Sports camp…..and they are already telling me that they never get to do anything fun!!!!!!!!!

Next week they are spending with Grandma and Grandpa (so you know they will be spoiled!!) We start the 13th as well.

@ Homeschool…..6th grade is a HUGE transition (it was for us and most everyone else we knew). In fact several of us (at work) with 6th graders last year dubbed it the school year from he%%. Each kid had different “issues” to make it a diffcult year and were in different school systems in GA I think it is just part of the growing up process.

On the flip side that child I have that I thought would NEVER brush her hair now spends 45 min fixing her hair to go to the lake!!! She found boys. Then she found out boys like it better if a girl brushes her hair.

I wish all rising 6th grade parents good luck. I personally am looking forward to 7th grade, we already took steps to make it a good scholastic year. (Some are just carry overs of the solutions to the “issues”.)

MatthewH

August 2nd, 2012
5:33 pm

I welcome all of you who wish to move to Virginia, but I will tell you that because we start after Labor Day, it means that the students get out of school later. All of my neices and nephews in Atlanta are out of school for the summer long before the students up here are out. I guess it boils down to when do you want your vacation-at the beginning or the end? I know that as a former teacher, I LOVED the Virginia rule. It just meant I could go places on vacation in other states and they wouldn’t be crowded since school had already started. I will also say that the rule doesn’t necessarily apply to private schools in in the Commonwealth, and we are seeing more and more schools apply for the waiver. A lot of schools in the mountains apply for the waiver since they need the extra days because of snow.

Scotty

August 2nd, 2012
5:51 pm

Well, unfortunately my kids are in the City of Decatur schools, so we’re already back to the daily grind! It’s kind of nice to be back in a routine though. I think we’ll definitely still be heading to the pool tomorrow after school and trying to still do some more summer fun things on the weekends. The kids have been dying to go mini golfing, so I think we’ll do that this weekend. Honestly it feels very early for school to already be starting back up and there is still a ton my wife & I have to do. We don’t even have all our kids supplies yet, so that is definitely on our to-do list for tonight!

FCM on my cell

August 2nd, 2012
8:13 pm

Matt when I was in school (stone age & Cobb) we went until first Friday in June but were not put for Columbus Day or Ptesidents Day. We started after labor day and Thanksgiving Holidays wete 2 days. I would gladly go back to that or any others that didnt have a holiday, teacher workfay or something. that feels like the kids ate out mote than they are in.

motherjanegoose

August 2nd, 2012
10:27 pm

I am in Pigeon Forge with my daughter this weekend, as she will be back at UGA in a few weeks. It has been nice having her back and forth this summer. She took a summer class and worked at her job but fit some time in to be home too! Son is in his rotations and
has not been home much at all this summer.
@homeschooler…best wishes to you. I have been in education for 29 years and have never felt I could give my own two what they needed. I have taught hundreds of kids but never my own. That’s just me. I hope your son has a fantastic year!

Homeschool supporter

August 2nd, 2012
10:28 pm

The last time I checked, the last week of summer would run from the 15th to the 21st of September. What this is is the last week of the government mandated interruption of formal government education between the so-called “school years.” For homeschoolers it is likely just another wonderful opportunity to provide their children with wonderful learning experiences, free of the fear and anxiety that comes from anticipating another year of “socialization” in the form of bullying, peer pressure, intimidation and harrassment, having lessons interrupted by annoying bells, violence, metal detectors, dumbed down lessons, inane testing, and every other wonderful thing the government prison – er school system delivers.

Thankfully more and more parents are waking up and pulling their children out of these institutions of brainwashing and conformity. The future of our country will depend on it.

Homeschool supporter

August 2nd, 2012
10:32 pm

homeschooler – wow, you invested 12 years in him and now you are going to throw it all away just because you believe the lies the system has told you about your abilities to continue education to higher levels? How unfortunate for your child.

There are so many resources, groups, etc. to give you and your child exactly what is needed. Middle school is probably the most prison-like of all the institutions children must attend. The worst kind of socialization goes on there – where you will not be. Yes, of course you will not be with him forever, but doesn’t he deserve to grow up free of the negative influences that come with the government indoctrination system??

Techmom

August 2nd, 2012
10:50 pm

Attended our “last” open house today as my son starts his senior year Monday. He’s super excited about his senior year. I’m excited but didn’t feel a twinge of sadness walking through the school doors today. We’re headed down to South Ga for a weekend with family and will float down the Ichetucknee in Florida on Saturday.

I still loathe our “balanced calendar” as I think there’s just something wrong with not having any summer in August. I get the reasons for it but it doesn’t make me feel any better about buying uniforms and school supplies in July.

BlondeHoney

August 2nd, 2012
10:51 pm

Homeschooler Supporter, will you just STOP making people feel guilty about their choices? My two boys received an outstanding public school education and both are productive, outstanding members of society. My youngest graduated from FSU with his degree in chemical engineering and is now a nuclear engineer in the US Navy and a Lt Jr Grade serving aboard the USS Seawolf. I doubt your homeschooled kid will ever achieve that with the education YOU provide.

Techmom

August 2nd, 2012
10:51 pm

DID – not didn’t… I did feel a twinge of guilt (busy multitasking watching the Olympics!!)

newblogger

August 3rd, 2012
8:13 am

Sorry this is off topic, but I can’t help myself. Thank you BlondHoney! @Homeschool Supporter….really? You are entitled to your opinion and to do whatever you want to do as far as education for your children. (In your case, I use the term “education” loosely. I am entitled to my opinion as well.) I am a public school teacher, I have taught in several schools-south Ga., N. Ga. and now south of Atlanta. I have NEVER seen the horrors of which you speak. I’m sure they exist, but not in most school settings. I do see the other side of the coin. I know that each child is different and sometimes homeschooling is the best choice. I applaud the efforts of those who do it for the right reasons and don’t condemn those who choose (or have no choice) to send their children to public school. In my opinion, your choice of words and overtone of hate are more of an example of bullying, peer pressure, intimidation and harrasment than I have ever witnessed in a public school. And the way you attacked Homeschooler with your comments, shows what kind of person you are.

Urinal Cake

August 3rd, 2012
8:54 am

My plans are to get the tattoo on my back finished.

homeschooler

August 3rd, 2012
9:05 am

Thanks newblogger and blondehoney, MJG. @ homeschool supporter. Every parent has to do what is best for his/her child. To do so takes a LOT of soul searching, education etc.. I can guarantee you that no one on this planet has put more time and effort into researching education choices than I have. My local middle school happens to be much like you describe. Although there are a lot of great kids there, there are also a lot of, well, criminals. Police at the school work 5 times as hard as those in schools on the other side of the county. No. I would never send my child there. Not because I don’t believe in public education but because I don’t believe that this particular public education is right for my family.
Many, many of my friends are sending their kids to public middle school and their kids are thriving. Still wouldn’t be my choice.
If you read my comment again you will see that I am sending my son to a small private school. There are 21 kids in the entire 6th grade. The school is accredited, they have a close knit faculty, every child is know by ever staff member. My niece and nephew attend(ed) the school and it has been a great experience for them. My plan was to send my son to two classes there. It seems that the older he gets the more he thinks he can blow off things that I assign him and, because of that, he is not meeting his learning potential. I’m not going to allow him to fall behind further because I am a die hard homeschooler. (he is one year behind in math now). When I signed him up for the two classes he said “I just want to go full time.” I researched the curriculum and felt that it was very, very in line with what he needs.
This is a kid who, until the age of 6 was terrified to be away from me. Until the age of 10 was thrilled to be home schooled and never mentioned wanting to go to school. I have watched him mature over the past two years and lately he has been wanting to go to camp (with no friends that he knows, just alone) telling me that he can’t wait to go to college away from home etc.. My point is, he is showing me he is ready. I never believed in putting my kids on a bus at 5 because they were not ready. I never believed in having them learn the same things at exactly the same time as 30 other kids when they were 8 because I thought they learned more by following their interests. He is now ready. He’s my kid, I can feel it and I listen to him. Not just what he says but how he behaves. THATS what a good parent does. Because it is not about me and what I believe. It’s about him and what he needs. My daughter will continue to be home schooled and my hope is that she will home school until she graduates. But she is her own person too and only time will tell.

PS

August 3rd, 2012
9:18 am

Back when I was in school (mid-80’s to mid-90’s), we started the week before Labor Day and got out the first week in June, so only about a week longer than kids are going now. However, we didn’t have as many breaks during the year – just Labor Day and Columbus day between the start of the school year and Thanksgiving (no week long Fall break like they have now), and we only got MLK Day and President’s Day off between Christmas and Spring Break (in late April). Not sure which one I prefer, though.

motherjanegoose

August 3rd, 2012
9:52 am

@homeschooler….If every parent took this attitude: Because it is not about me and what I believe. It’s about him and what he needs. ( to me) the world would be a better place.

My two went to public school from K until 12th. Both also went to UGA and now Pharmacy School at Mercer, for my son. We had bumps in the road, along the way but have been mostly pleased with their education and the way everything turned out. Mine are both hard workers, interested in new ideas and people, flexible, diligent, honest and able to tackle most things that are thrown their way. Their employers have always spoken kindy of them. These are the traits that I want my kids to have. They saw things at school that they knew were not what we would approve of at home. We talked about it. They also brought things home for us to be challenged with and we sometimes changed our opinion on. This was good too. It was easier for them to be around things that perhaps were different and then come home to discuss it than if we had waited for them to head to college and be dumped into a world VERY different than ours with no one to help them sort out the differences. The world has all sorts of people who do all sorts of things and I wanted my children to grow up with skills to navigate in that world. They still have blip days as do I. I learn from more from them now and that has been amazing. They teach me so many things I do not know!

motherjanegoose

August 3rd, 2012
9:54 am

oops kindly…sorry!

DB

August 4th, 2012
3:30 am

Well, chaos is reigning in our home — now that we have both of our kids almost OUT of academia, my husband has decided to go INTO it, so we will still be ruled by the academic calendar for the next few years, albeit a college calendar, which is a bit more forgiving. Son has been out of college for a year and is loving his job in D.C., daughter is graduating in May and pondering a required six-month internship before her degree can be awarded. Husband has accepted a one year appointment at a great university in the Mid-West, so for the next year we will be living in what is, for us, an entirely different part of the country. This should be interesting — except for college in a wonderful college town, I’ve never lived in a town with less than a million or two people (NY, Miami, grew up in Virginia, now Atlanta). So small-town living is going to be a huge adjustment for me! We are in the process of semi-packing (we aren’t selling or renting, we have an extended house-sitting arrangement) while trying to cram in trips to visit family and a convention in the DC area and sort things out with my clients for working remotely. Daughter has already gone back to college — she starts rehearsals next Monday. This should be interesting!

DB

August 4th, 2012
3:42 am

@Homeschool supporter: You know, it’s folks like you who give homeschooling a bad name. To you, ALL schools are bad, and that’s simply not the case. If homeschooling works for your family, then you are very welcome to it. For my family, we opted for a private school education, K-12, in a school that supported our family’s value and belief system. Others in our neighborhood have enjoyed the offerings at the nearby charter schools.

What you DON’T get to do is snidely and smugly denigrate everyone for NOT being a homeschooler. As much as you despise being grouped with homeschoolers as some sort of lazy instruction for socially mal-adjusted kids of uber-religious parents who get all “A”s because mommy’s grading their papers, others deeply dislike the insinuation that because they are not homeschooling, they are somehow damaging their children.