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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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