School has been in session for two weeks and it is going well. So well, in fact, that I feel guilty. Many of my fellow homeschoolers are working hard all day long to get everything done. I have two fairly independent students which makes my day that much easier. Kaelyn is really my only concern.
My mornings start off with getting the three youngest to the neighborhood public school. Some mornings have gone better than others. Where I used to get my littles up at eight, I am now waking them up at seven. It’s a bit of a rush to get them all up, fed, dressed, and ready for the day. Not to mention I have to do something with the crazy amount of hair that Lily has!
One of my goals this year was to walk my children to school every day. We live so close. So far I have only driven one time when we were running late. There’s something about taking the time to walk to school that makes the day feel less rushed. We sing songs, practice our phone number, and fight over who is in the lead. My favorite game is when Nathaniel gets up ahead and then squats down trying to “hide” from me. He thinks since he can’t see me anymore I obviously can’t see him. It cracks me up! I’ve tried telling him that I can still see him, but it doesn’t seem to stop the game. Before they walk into their classroom I pray for their day and then they are off. Kaelyn and I then turn around and head back home.
While the youngest are learning at school, I get to work with Kaelyn. In my previous post I explained how we are working on her task boxes. This is going very well. Towards the end of last week we started working on her letters, numbers, and identifying an animal. She is a very literal learner. She may learn the letter A with the red felt letter, but then when I show her the letter A somewhere else she no longer can identify it. It can be very frustrating. I also spent quite some time showing her pictures and videos of horses. We talked about what it was and the sound they make. I must have done this for about five minutes straight. Then I asked her what sound a horse makes and she said, “ruff”. Sigh.
On Tuesdays Kaelyn attends the homeschool choir. I love this opportunity for her. The choir director asked another little girl to be her friend and it’s so sweet to see little Abigail helping Kaelyn. Both girls will be the better for this experience by the end of the year. I knew Kaelyn loved to sing and I am pleased to see that she is actually learning the songs. She isn’t always clear, but she is learning.
Every Friday Kaelyn and I spend the morning at the school helping in the kindergarten class. I love getting to know the other children and seeing how my girls are behaving in the classroom. I’m also trying to make connections with the other parents. I have found this to be difficult. I’m not sure why. It’s possible that our backgrounds are just so different that it’s hard to break down the barriers. I keep trying, though.
A little after eleven, we walk back to the school to pick up Mae and Lily. Those two girls are LOVING school!!! They are thriving in the classroom. Lily has an amazing vision teacher and orientation and mobility specialist. In the classroom she has a CCTV, an iPad, and a full-time aid to help her see everything that goes on. She is learning braille three times a week and a lot of her work gets translated to braille as well. I love how her brain is being stretched in learning braille. It’s challenging! Mae is doing great as well. Her weak right arm doesn’t seem to slow her down one bit. She’s already passed all of her sounds, letters, and knows twelve sight words. She will be reading books in no time!
After lunch the girls take a nap and I spend some time with my big boys. I read to Alex for about an hour and check through his work. Micah is pretty much self-taught, so I just need to check in with him on occasion. I love having older students!
Nathaniel gets out of school at three and rides the bus home. I love the fact that he gets to come home on the bus. It’s such a fun experience for him! School is going well for Nathaniel. He has the same teacher and aid this year, so everything is familiar. Holding him back was the best decision. He is successful in every subject. When homework comes home, he can complete it all on his own. Yay!
There’s much more that we are doing, but I will save that for another day.