Wow! It has been awhile since we have updated everyone. It has been a crazy few months in our house. We started with some home renovations in March and they are still on going. To say it’s been stressful is an understatement.
We started our first week of Kindergarten on June 5th, 2017, and it has been great. We are starting out slow, just so we can reaccumulate to being on a schedule and will increase the work as we go. Chief has taken to the new schedule quite nicely, and way better then I had originally expected. To help us stay on track I purchased a new Happy Planner Teacher’s Edition from Michaels. I absolutely love it. Their seasonal version as it works better for our homeschool needs, and in a sense isn’t as teachery (is that a word?). Being able to plan our week and have everything is one place has been great! Now, if only I can stay this organized all year long.
This has truly been a very eye opening week for us as well. Before Chief would be very fidgety and anxious. Not wanting to focus and concentrate on his work. But now he is doing great. We had a little bit of a tough time, because he got a cold during the first few days, and by Wednesday he was a bit tired and overwhelmed. So we did a little less work, and then finished it up later in the week. This is such a huge benefit when homeschooling. We can truly tailor the days to his needs, and there are no huge consequences if we need to take a day off or change the schedule. The one thing we do to help get ready for the school day is have some story time, where he gets to lay down and relax.
We started a fun science project on Monday. We are germinating Sunflower seeds in a mason jar, and then we will transplant them when they sprout and grow their roots. Chief thinks it’s so fun to watch them change. So far, 2 of our seeds have cracked and you can see a little activity. On Friday, he painted a flower pot to transplant them into, and is ready to put them in soil. This is a great summer project, even for those not in school. We are using the Sunflower Life Cycle packet from teachers pay teachers, and it was a very reasonable $3.00.
The least favorite thing we have coming up is our new daily chore chart. Ugh, who here likes to clean? Definitely not me! But, we are going to attempt a new process and hopefully it will help keep the house clean and organized. Not that we live in a pig sty, but with a rambunctious 4 year old and a dog things get messy quick! It is a HUGE job to keep the sand out of the house. Which only makes me realize just how much sand was probably in our old carpets.
Overall, I am so happy with how our first week back. I was expecting it to be much worse, and for Chief to be totally uninterested. Here’s to week 2!