1- G & C are happy to be back
Yep, those 2 headed back earlier this week! A is home (hence the bare feet in her back to school portrait). The pic shown of G was taken as she eagerly ran back into the classroom.
So far, so good for those 2!
C has 7 kids in his class (6 boys). G has 10. So they are kind of like . . .giant pods?
(As I noted, this is the same Montessori school G attended last year for preschool. We had considered the idea of moving C over there anyway just for learning style reasons, and when the pandemic moved all Broward public schools online for the fall this helped us make the decision. I fully recognize the privilege inherent our ability to make this choice, and have some feelings of guilt about, but I also feel like it is the right choice for C and our family.)
Cameron is required to wear a mask (and we’re happy about this!) so this is a new normal step – making sure he has one on PLUS a backup one in his lunch bag. We are using the Crayola ones (they are a podcast sponsor and I liked the product, so I ordered more). We will see how long they last after going through the washing machine with each use, though.
For G, masks are optional and the toddlers are generally not wearing them (the children in her class are 18 months – 3 years). I started to send her in one, but she was not keeping it on and I am not convinced proper wear is really possible in her age group.
3- I am not micromanaging A‘s online work and neither is our nanny. To be honest, I’m not really managing her at all; she’s managing herself. The teacher seems capable of explaining expectations and she seems capable of following through. We do talk about what she is learning (the 7 continents + 4 oceans yesterday!). My current plan is to basically not get involved other than a cursory check in every week or so. She is at an age where she enjoys school and wants to please her teacher, and her technology abilities are where they need to be to navigate online learning essentially on her own.
I think back to my own 3rd grade experience. My mother did not work at that time, and I am pretty sure she did zero micromanaging of my school or homework. Why are things/expectations so different now? I certainly developed the capability to learn, plan and manage myself over time . . . Just something to think about.
(Yes, it depends on the kid — both personality and age! C would need much MUCH closer supervision if he were online learning at home.)
A does wish her school was in person and is hoping the transition happens sooner rather than later. For the record, we offered to send her with C&G (just to be fair) but she wanted to stay with her class & 2 close friends in particular.
4- Behavior. On the whole, the kids have been better behaved since starting new routines with more sleep and less screen time (though still some). Last night was the best night we have had in a while. This is making me hopeful.
Over the summer, they were all going to bed ~9-9:30 and waking up 7-8 am. I figured this was okay since they were sleeping as long as they wanted, but . . . who knows. Last night all 3 were in bed by 8:30. It was lovely to get to read in bed without immediately falling asleep!
5- Nap. G is learning to nap at school which means . . she hasn’t really been napping. I guess we will see what happens with that! Anyway, this is part of the shifted sleep schedule. She is 2.75 years old, and the other 2 gave up naps right around the 3rd birthday (or really, we stopped encouraging a nap b/c it obliterated any drive to go to bed at a reasonable hour).
If this is the end . . . well, I’ll be sad. But I will work hard at enforcing some kind of quiet time. Because on weekends . . . I need it!
How’s school going for everyone else?