Public schools in Michigan can’t start until after Labor Day, but as homeschoolers, we can set our own schedule! So, yesterday was our first day of learning together for this school year.
We have two in school this year; Grace is in second grade, and Caleb is in kindergarten. Although, to be completely honest, Caleb started kindergarten this past winter. So, he’s already halfway through his math book.
The dynamics have changed a little bit this year, too. Ava is getting more mature, and is able to sit and do some preschool activities while we work. Jaden, on the other hand (and I mean the OTHER HAND!!!), is more active and crazy than ever. He might be the biggest challenge to our school sanity this year. I REALLY need to work on sit time. Like REALLY REALLY.
And I’d like to make some activities for him to work on as well, like these busy bag ideas. We’ll see. Anyway, on to the pictures!
So, during much of our school time, Ava has been enjoying some activities from a busy bag swap we participated in. SO. WONDERFUL. Basically, I made 30 sets of one activity and sent it to a person. Meanwhile, 29 other people each made 30 sets of different activities. And our coordinator sorted them and sent each person one of each of the activities that everyone made (i.e. 30 different activities). It was SO worth my time and money! It has been great for Ava so far (and yes, I know it’s only the second day of school, but I’m sure these are activities that she can do over and over again). My only regret is that I didn’t participate in the swap for Jaden’s age group. I DEFINITELY will if it comes back around.
I’m still so thankful that God has given us the opportunity to teach our kiddos at home. What a huge responsibility and a tremendous blessing!
What are you looking forward to as school begins again?