Wow, our Christmas break was so fantastic! It was low key, relaxing, and I did a lot of thinking and planning (two of my favorite things to do!).
Our schedule is going to be quite different now. Here's how it'll go:
Monday - 3 R's in the morning, playgroup in the afternoon
Tuesday - 3 R's in the morning, Elise will have Doodle Bugs in the afternoon (nature study, art, etc). Millie will use that time to work on school, play with friends, or do projects I have set up for her.
Wednesday - 3 R's and science
Thursday - 3 R's and history
Friday - 3 R's and 1.5 hour kids choice learning activity, and 1.5 hours moms choice learning activity.
Of course, we'll be flexible if things come up, but I find I work better if I have a schedule. I think my stress from the first half of the school year came from not having one. No worries though, I have every day planned out from now until the end of the school year :) It makes me happy.
Friday is a big change for us, and the part I'm most excited about! I asked the girls a few days ago what they'd like to learn about. Millie said art, and Elise said brains. After doing a little planning, I put together our Friday day of exploratory fun!
We started out with art. I went to this site, which I found on Pinterest. We did One Point Perspective drawings. It was so fun, they turned out great! Here they are:
|Millie age 9|
|Elise age 5|
After that, we watched a video about brains, and then Elise made a model of a brain out of play-doh.
During "moms choice" time, I had Millie work on her jewelry badge for Girl Scouts. She watched a video to learn about jewelers tools, and a video about an artist that overcame obstacles in her life to do what she dreamed of doing (making jewelry for a living). Then she made a hair clip out of mini orgami, and made beads out of polymer clay to put on a bracelet. She'll do a couple more projects before earning her first badge!
Christmas break was super refreshing and badly needed, but I'm so glad to be back at school with a new plan!