Our new school year is about to begin, but only in terms of record keeping. The day-to-day routine (if you can calling it that) won't change. Robotson thinks of himself as an upcoming fifth grader even though I have no idea what fifth graders should be studying. In Time4Learning he's in several different levels depending on the subject, but we don't use it as a way to keep up with grade work. It's just another tool in the box. Funny Girl will be six this year, but I won't do a DOI until next September right before she turns seven because I don't have to. She's a couple of "lessons" from moving into K on T4L (just for comparison's sake.)
I don't know what we'll be doing this year. I guess that sounds lazy, but it's the truth. There will be field trips, book club meetings, park days and playdates. I'm sure we'll do a lot of reading and even more online. Robotson will continue to remix Daft Punk, Dimples will draw, and Funny Girl will write. I know we'll do more together as a family with B working from home, but we'll also do more individual activities as Funny Girl tries Daisies and both girls try soccer. And I guess if I had to set a couple of goals for this year they would be:
- Support him as he learns how to be a gentleman.
- Help him take care of his anger.
- Help him practice mindfulness.
- Help him nourish his body and find a healthy balance with food.
- Help her navigate her growing emotions.
- Support her while she deals with the difficulties with her vision.
- Make sure she gets the time with me that she still needs, but is often asked to give up.
- Help her find the words she needs when the frustrations of being four are too big for her.
- Help her to take a breath when she's worried.
For all three:
- Allow them the freedom to learn and explore the things that are important to them.
Funny, those sound more like goals for myself than for them. I guess that makes sense. I can only control my actions and responses and my job is to guide and support them. I'm less interested in math levels or the ability to write book reports. Being mindful, empathetic, healthy individuals are the only real goals I have for my children. It's kind of exciting!