Life just feels really full right now. Primarily in good ways. I have had a lot of dedicated GME time recently (the full 0.5FTE) and feel like I am slowly growing into the role, though I think to be truly adept at it will take years.
I hope to rise to the challenge!
Home life is full, too. G started school. I recognize that she’s super young and that she probably doesn’t ‘need’ school. But I feel like she is ready and will benefit. As I previously mentioned, she’s at a very traditional Montessori program – they are quite strict about a lot of random things and I am very intrigued by the overall philosophy. There is a lot of focus on independence and learning practical activities (cleaning, self-care, etc) even at very young ages.
She did not cry at drop off – or at least I didn’t see her cry, because we have to drop the kids right at the door. I gave her a big kiss and I think she was so surprised to be entering this new world that she didn’t cry . . . but we will see what happens today. Pix from the WhatsApp feed were encouraging . . .
Random G notes: Her current favorite activity is drawing with the big kids’ colored pencils and she is will come up and say “Happy Face?” because I was trying to teach her to draw a smiley face. She also just learned all of her colors and busted out with “orange” and “purple” when I had no idea she knew them. She is literally in this amazing sponge phase and I am seeing everything change so quickly. OH, AND WE FINALLY WEANED. So many, many changes recently!
So there you go. All 3 kids in school. Re: HOMEWORK, I have discussed with Annabel that I would like her to complete her homework independently this year but will remain available for questions and a check over if she would like. I love the idea that Amy (mother of 2 older kids) pointed out: “I will add that I always made a point to mention at parent/teacher conferences that DH/my parenting goals are to raise self-sufficient adults. The point being that I’m more concerned with the long range goal than the short term report card.”
It honestly didn’t occur to me that I could communicate my goals to the teacher (rather than the other way around). I love this.
Cameron is in kindergarten and his HW last night was “learn to tie your shoes.” Woah. I let Annabel demonstrate and he gave it a shot and we left it at that.
I am eagerly awaiting the delivery of my Erin Condren white boards; in the meantime, I created this sheet and the kids are (miraculously) following it, for the most part:
Both kids wanted to put checks in the boxes so I think they will LOVE using the white board.
Last year, I had them in almost zero activities because we had just moved. This year I put them in an after school program 3 days/week that has activities incorporated (some sports, art, drama, etc) AND they are signed up for ‘Ninja Kids’ classes at a local gymnastics gym once a week. They also have piano on Sundays and the local basketball league with games on some weekends. Maybe it will be too much, but I don’t think so. None of the activities are super competitive or intense – it’s really all just ‘learning to play’ type stuff.
Anyway. A lot going on. Most of it good. A lot of positive back to school energy in the air. Let’s hope it lasts for a while! Oh, and our Back to School podcast episode just came out: here! It’s a mix of our favorite hacks & listener tips.