Fudgelet and Chiplet Adventures (part 8): Fall During a Pandemic

I’ve mentioned how we have been trying to keep certain things the same for the kids as we celebrate holidays. Sometimes it can be a bit of a challenge to find workarounds, but we have managed so far this year. With Fall and Halloween activities, normally I plan lots of crafts, as well as a visit to the pumpkin patch (does anyone else feel huge relief after that trip? I always worry each year that we won’t be able to find a reasonably dry day, and this year we needed to worry about avoiding people), and of course trick or treating. What have we managed to do this year? Continue reading…

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: Remote Learning (New School Year!)

I figured I would check in on here just to see how people are doing if you are also in the same boat with a funny start to the school year. The end of the year was so anticlimactic with doing some random assignments, trying to get the Fudgelet to enjoy writing a bit more, and then a weird drive in a circle in a parking lot around his teacher waving and honking. What a strange end to his first year of full-time schooling.

Anyway, this summer, it looked like he would be starting in-person. The announcement was made to do 4 days a week in person for 1st graders, and then magically, all of the other districts around us were doing virtual learning. This helped convince our district to switch as well. We weren’t sure what the year would look like. Plus, he was switching to a new school (our neighborhood school doesn’t have kindergarten) so he would know a few kids from his old school, but he wouldn’t know any of the teachers.

Thankfully, there was clearly a lot of thought put into the virtual learning for the new school year. I have really liked his teacher so far. She is somehow able to connect with the kids, even through a screen. I also like that she made the schedule super flexible. The Fudgelet doesn’t have too many meetings in a day, and they are structured to allow breaks and time for offline work. For now, he is set up upstairs in the Chiplet’s current room with a desk for the morning. He does one or two meetings there with a little work. Then, after lunch he is downstairs for his remaining meetings since that is the Chiplet’s naptime. We managed to get outside each morning even with his meetings, and again when the school day is done. Otherwise, his breaks are spent with reading or playtime.

Obviously, we miss socializing for him, but we are relieved to not have the worries of him going to school. The Chiplet is also quite happy to have his brother home since they love playing together (most of the time).

I hope you are all doing well so far!

Fudgelet and Chiplet Adventures (part 7): Spring into Summer

As we ended the school year and moved into summer time fun, I still had some activities for around the house since playgrounds remained closed.

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Chiplet Adventures (part 21): Letters E and Z

Continuing the alphabet train here with two more letters: E and Z!

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Friday Favorites 34

It’s time to share some favorites. Sometimes I come across favorites just from general reading of the internet. Lately my internet readings have been…in a word, distressing. Between the virus stuff, general bad things that happen, and then the blatant racist actions paired with the brutal reactions to protesters…it’s a lot. It’s hard to know what to say, but I will say that I support Black Lives Matters. So, what can I do in my little corner of the internet? I can share some cooking blogs you should check out. I can also encourage you to read and listen to others. It can be upsetting, and it might make you want to stop hearing about it, but if we stop paying attention and do nothing, then things will only get worse.

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Fudgelet and Chiplet Adventures (part 6): More Outside Fun

The weather has been pretty crazy here lately. We have had some great weather days, some hot and muggy days, some rainy days, and everything in between. But we have still managed to get outside most of the days, even if it is just for a bit. I have been trying to mix up our activities so that we aren’t always doing the same things outside. So, some days I ask the Chiplet first what he wants, and other times the Fudgelet. The first activity chosen usually dictates front yard or back yard, and then the other kid can pick from that location. Other days I have been planning small activities, maybe bringing out something we haven’t done for a bit, just to keep things interesting.

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Fudgelet and Chiplet Adventures (part 5): Shadow Drawing

Thankfully we have been having many sunny days lately, so this activity works well. It works best for little kids who want to just color what you draw for them, or for bigger kids who can handle the challenge.

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