Our first week of school is officially in the books and although it was stressful, it was also successful. The stress of the week was my own fault since when planning our year out I decided to start school that same week that my sister was getting married in our backyard. Not my best idea. Luckily, I did have the foresight to plan a very light week to ease us back into school.
*Before we started for the year, I did some redecorating on the blog but everything else has stayed the same, I hope you like the changes!*
I marked our official first day with First Day of School pictures and an All About Me questionnaire for the kids. I included the printable at the bottom for you to enjoy with your family. Even if the first day of school has come and gone, the All About Me questionnaire is a great keepsake for years to come that will always provide a reminder of who they are right now.
The joint first day of school picture (above) melts my heart a bit and reminds me why this time together is so important. I really want to provide an environment for our kids that encourages their relationships with one another. Even though they will each have their own groups of friends outside the house, I want them to know and cherish their siblings as lifelong friends.
Their answers on the All About Me questionnaires are always entertaining. To highlight a few: M wants to be a “princess, doctor and mommy” when she grows up while J is aspiring to be “Sir Topham Hatt” from Thomas the Tank Engine. It was also no surprise to hear M say princesses were her favorite thing to play but J’s answer of bocce was pretty funny (for anyone wondering, yes he has actually played).
This year, I’m trying to incorporate a “morning basket/circle time”that includes both M and J in the same activities. We’re still testing this out but I really like the concept. In our morning time, I’d love to include our calendar work, handwriting (or doodling for J), character discussions and reading. I’ll post an update in a few weeks and let you know how it’s going.
Besides some calendar work and handwriting practice, we spent the majority of our school time reading. I could tell right away it was going to take some time before M was back into the groove of school work. So each day, I let them grab as many books as they want and we just sit on the floor reading until we don’t want to read anymore. I have three baskets of books set up in our dining room/school room for easy access. Even though we have a huge bookshelf filled with books, they have loved having these baskets to choose from. J is fascinated with all the dinosaur books I pulled together for the month and M seems to be gravitating towards the early readers.
M and J were both pretty excited this week, especially J since it was he first day being included in school. I’m sure it will take a few weeks to find our rhythm again and until it does, I’m playing around with our schedule to find what works best for everyone.
Next week we’ll jump into our first Five in a Row book as well as the rest of our planned curriculum. I hope you’ll stop by!