The first week back to school is always a tough one as we get back into our usual full-time school routine. So time for blogging is minimal for sure. But I wanted to get on here before today starts just to give a quick update how things are going so far.
We started school Tuesday morning, after dropping my nieces off at their respective schools and having E come to stay with us throughout the course of the day. Having a one-year-old around definitely adds complexity to the school day, but I'm figuring out some things that work to keep her occupied and maybe I'll share those in another post at some point.
Meanwhile, the first day was the worst. Ha!
Let me just say that we did not finish our school day till 7:00pm. Enough said?
Okay, I'll elaborate a little. Basically, this year I'm using a different class time format. I've tried teaching the kids in pairs or individuals for the most part. But this year, I teach H and Z together during their social studies/history/geography time, as well as giving them their math, reading and language arts assignments. Then all four kids come together for Bible and science time. Finally, I teach J and O their math, reading and social studies together while the older boys are finishing up their independent work time.
The tricky part is in the transitions from two to four back to two again. Every transition has to be chaos! Yesterday, I tried working in "grabbing a little snack" as we transitioned and I'm not sure if it made it worse or better.
Meanwhile, giving four kids in the class equal opportunities to share their stories and perspectives on each thing takes a while and sometimes generates under-the-table kicking or poking. I don't know how teachers with 20 or 30 students keep the positive attention of all those kids. I am struggling with four at once!
But we'll get there. Yesterday we finished school by 4:30.
Anyway, the science part that I am developing, seems to be going really well. I'm excited to see something that I've put my heart into all summer being played out in the classroom setting. I'm happy to see that they don't hate it (yet) and I've actually seen them laughing and smiling about some of it.
One of my best finds so far has been this book. It's funny and cute, but extremely science-rich and has even taught me a thing or two!
Off to get my nieces and start our day! Today I get to fit in a dentist appointment for O, too. Fun!
Blog you later...