Schooling for us during this time of change (between the move and the virus) has not changed. We are still trying to find a good groove. I am fine with taking our time getting a steady routine or being in a forever ebb and flow of schedules, so long as the girls are thriving – and right now, they are.
We have a few different schooling areas but this room is just for the girls and me to work in. Our official ‘schoolroom’. It is SO nice having a quiet space for hanging out with the girls and a dedicated room for the quiet, neater things.
The design of the room has changed many times and will continue to over the next couple of months (we still have things to unpack and it is my nature to change things constantly). We will hang our beloved swing in here, place our family computer in here, and hang shelving, posters, and some sort of board to write on. We may even repaint a wall…or four. For now, a table and a cabinet are perfect.
Our other areas for schooling are Mom’s bed, our family’s living room, and will eventually involve what we have titled the girls’ “workspace” and, of course, the great outdoors.
We have kept up with our usual lessons through all of the changes. I have noticed having designated areas has really boosted they’re enthusiasm for every lesson.
One new thing we have added is book logs. We told Mae that once she reads ten chapter books, we will take her to do whatever her heart desires. She read three chapter books in one evening. Haha. She thrives when given a goal or time limit. Well, Corona hit our part of the world, and that has been put off. But! The reading pace continues. One week later and she is on book fifteen, and has nine more stacked up and waiting their turn. (Not that numbers matter, but this is an interest/goals of hers right now)
Rae has joined it and has read seven in that time! I have just continued reading at my normal pace, but began logging mine, and Daddy has also decided to join.
Zack joined us for some nature drawing / taking a nice walk on a warm day. Mae was totally into this, and surprisingly, Rae seemed to dread most of it. Oh well, it was lovely despite a couple frowns here and there.
Another huge change is the outdoor space. The girls can ride their bikes on concrete without loading up the car with bikes first.
We also have multiple places outside around our home to hold lessons and great parks so near to us. I don’t really label our areas of learning like public schools, but the ‘recess’ and ‘gym’ parts of our days have changed for the better.
I imagine schooling will only get better for us from this point on – but as it is, we are really loving our days together in this new atmosphere!
* So much Mae in this post, but Rae is always with us. Bringing the camera out this month just seemed to pull her focus away from what she was fully immersed in.