I somehow missed writing directly to you last year. The last time I wrote, you were getting ready for kindergarten. Well, we all know how that school year ended…and then first grade was fully remote at home. It has been quite a year (or two, I guess now). We have made use of our extra time at home by doing playtime with the Chiplet, exploring our neighborhood, and mastering new skills like riding your bike and scooter, playing soccer, and working on academics. You have been so amazing through all of this. To keep things “real,” yes, we had some problems, but we are going to always have some rough waters in life, and I don’t think us being home together was what made it rough. I was grateful to get that time with you, since the Chiplet and I had already been missing you when you would be at school, so it was nice to get a little bonus time.
As always, I like to come with my non-seasonally appropriate foods. But this time, we actually made it at the wrong time as well. Basically, I saw this recipe, realized it could be dairy-free and would work as a half-birthday cake for K. Plus, the kids were able to help make it because it is so simple.
To welcome in the new year, I wanted to share some pictures from our end of 2020. Obviously so many of us are ready to be done with many things from last year, but I know that most of the bad stuff isn’t going to end with the calendar. If only it could work that way. I wish that we had set dates to know when some stuff will get better, when we will be able to see our families again, etc. Even though there are some bad things, there were some good moments for us.
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…
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).