Letter from the Editor: October 2023

Dear Readers,

Happy Autumn! Welcome to the October 2023 issue of Homeschooling Teen!

I’m so relieved that fall is here; the past summer felt especially long and hot, and it sure is nice to finally feel the crispness in the air. I’m enjoying going outside much more now that the afternoons have cooled off!

Even though the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler, we are reaping the benefits of the passing summer. October is known as the best harvesting month for many crops including apples, carrots, corn, grapes, onion, potatoes and squash. Oh, and obviously pumpkins too!

The month of October has so much more to offer than just my favorite spooky holiday. Here are some of the amazing things I found out about this month.

October’s birthstone is the Opal. It is the only birthstone that isn’t crystalized and can take on many shapes and colors which perfectly coincides with this month’s spooky theme. The flower of the month is Marigold which is said to resemble the fall sunset and autumn leaves. The World Series always begins this month.

In October we have Fire Prevention Month, Teen Read Week, and Columbus Day. This year there is an annular solar eclipse aka “Ring of Fire” coming to parts of North America on October 14th. The day before that is Friday the 13th! Last but not least comes the calendar finale, the granddaddy of spooky days, All Hallows Eve aka Halloween on October 31st.

For me, the month so far has been extra busy with school in full swing, extracurricular activities, side projects, planning an eclipse viewing trip, and the heightened mental energy required to navigate all this. So the plan for fall? Enjoy it, but keep it easy.

Happy Homeschooling!

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