First Week of School Recap

Hey Guys!

Last week we started school, so i thought i would share how it went, what i’ve changed this year, and what still needs to be tweaked.

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Our first week back went pretty smoothly. This year we are still doing a 4 day schedule, the only change is that Mondays are now our days off, instead of Fridays. I am really liking having Mondays off, i feel like when school starts on Tuesday i’m more prepared. When we had Fridays off, it felt like Friday was just a “Woo-hoo! We made it through the week let’s party” type day. Now having Mondays off, it feels like Mondays are a “let’s get ready to tackle this week” type day. I feel like more is being accomplished during the week and that i’m more prepared to do school.

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Another change we have made this year is, we are now doing math in the afternoon versus first thing in the morning. I have no idea why i didn’t do this sooner, as it really has made a world of difference. There has been no complaining or crying over math, yet. Also, i just feel like my kids are able to focus more on mathematical problems when they are truly fully awake (which by the afternoon they are) and have a few good meals in their stomach.

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This year we are also doing school in our school house we built. This has been a huge blessing and i can’t imagine going back to dining room table schooling again. Having all our school work in one area just feels amazing. No more running up and down a flight of stairs to grab something you forgot.

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The one major thing that isn’t working right now for us is, my preschool & first grader schedules. I really need to find things to entertain them while i teach a lesson/work with my older students. Right now their schedules leave lots of gaps of time where they have nothing scheduled to do, so they get creative and before i know it we have gone through several bottles of glue and it’s only the first week of school.

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I plan on sharing our schedules and a tour of our school house in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned for that. If you have started back to school, i’d love to hear how it’s going.

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