Okay, it probably will. It just feels like it won't. I always thought that when my school days were behind me I'd have no more use for the "no more teachers, no more books . . . " rhyme, but apparently those happy days are here again. I must admit these last two weeks have been a breeze, because there's been no homework, which I hate with a passion. And gulp, he's only in Grade 1 so Lord knows it's going to get worse.
Don't get me wrong - he doesn't have a lot. Maybe 10-15 minutes, Monday through Thursday, with the occasional project thrown in. The thing is, by the time we get home from work, pick up the kids from daycare and make and eat supper, it's already after 6 pm. By then the boy is cranky, tired and a little over-stimulated. The last thing he wants to do, and sometimes is even capable of doing, is homework.
But the Little Man has two more days of Grade 1 left, and then I plan on letting him do whatever he wants in the bedtime area . . . with the huge caveat that that will last only as long as the grumpies (from the anticipated lack of sleep) remain at bay. I predict a major meltdown within two days. And I may very well be the one melting down.
He's not a great sleeper to begin with but he revels in being able to stay up late the odd time. And frankly, I just don't care enough to turn bedtime into a battle when he doesn't have to get up and be anywhere first thing in the morning. He'll rarely sleep in, however if you do keep him going, going, going all day and evening, and let him stay up late enough, he will crash until 8 or 9 am.
Frankly, he's not the only one looking forward to a lack of routine in the mornings. I'll still need to bring the littlest one to daycare, but I won't have to rush and I am going to enjoy not having to get Jakes out to the bus on time.
Somehow this school year feels longer than most. I'm not sure if it's because I've been off on sick leave since the end of May (and will be until late August), or if it's all those blogs and Facebook posts I've been reading from folks whose kids are already done. Either way, I'm looking forward to the summer.
And I'm praying that sentiment will last at least a few weeks.