Hi! My name is Harley, writer of the monthly Kidz Korner articles. Now is about the time that children return to school after a busy and exhilarating summer. Since I homeschool, Mom wants a “soft start,” which means “trickling in the different subjects one at a time.” It’s an intriguing concept, and it helps break the despondent ties to a carefree summer, but it eliminates an official “back to school party,” which I desire.
This is my first year of middle school, which is thrilling. At my extracurricular co-op on Mondays, all the grades are mixed into classes, like “5th & 6th” or other age dynamics. However, my church has many activities for middle and high schools, including Sunday night workshops, Wednesday night hangouts, and frequent parties.
As for the summer, I attended numerous camps, including Mapleridge Ranch (last month’s topic). It’s in Owego, New York, so my family drove up the East Coast for a road trip. The half-month excursion was unforgettable, as were the camp activities and fellow fun-loving humans. I can’t wait to return next summer!
Mom prescribed all-new curriculums, which are exciting. At the time of this writing, I’ve started Writing. No pun intended! Mom also intends Bible studies on Thursday mornings and Friday evenings, along with community service on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Additionally, knitting homework (yes, knitting!) and school lessons are squeezed into the week’s nooks and crannies. I attempt to match the day’s name with the subject, such as Math on Monday Morning, Writing on Wednesday, History (Economics) on Thursday, etc. It will be entertaining to live such a bustling life. Where will be the time to work on my novel? (Yes, a novel!)
Even if schooling can be tedious and tiring if I don’t learn important things now, it will be even worse as an older student. As Mom reminds me, if I don’t work on my handwriting now, my penmanship will resemble that of an eleven-year-old when I sign documents as an adult. Then I tell her that the next generation will input all info into computers. Still, there are other crucial things to learn.
The part of college I am most looking forward to is congregating with geniuses. I must persevere until then.
Stay tuned for next month!
Harley Isabel Smith is a homeschooled 6th grader who has been featured on TV as a philanthropist, has a heart for evangelism, and writes monthly for the Gazette’s Kidz Korner. Visit online at https://harleyisabelsmith.com where she is constantly adding written and video content to entertain and educate children.
Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”