The kids around here go back to school next Thursday. For the first time in two years, my kid won't be on the bus.
It's a strange feeling for me, but I can't imagine what's going through Ella's head. I mean, she's spent about a fourth of her life in school so far, and most of her life before school she doesn't remember anyway. She's very bright and knows that we are homeschooling, but I don't think she "gets" it. We have always after-schooled and summer schooled, so things are pretty much the same as they've always been for her during the summer. No matter how many times we tell her otherwise, she still seems to be expecting a bus ride next week and gets completely stressed over the idea. She freaks about lunches, recess, not making friends, being bored in the classroom, and on and on and on.
Since we're schooling year-round, we don't really have a start date. I suppose I'll have to plan our own back-to-school party on some arbitrary date and let her pick the meal, bake cupcakes, pick a movie, etc. Beyond that, I'm not sure how else to help her understand that she doesn't have to worry about all those things that tie her stomach up in knots.
Any suggestions for how we can help her relax and understand what homeschooling is and that she isn't going back to a class this year?