Topic-Changing Thursdays: Gardening 2021

How does your garden grow?

Potatoes from my garden
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Topic-Changing Thursdays: Dear Fudgelet, Part 9

Dear Fudgelet,

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.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: Shaving Cream Art

We wanted to make a special card for the Fudgelet’s teacher for Teacher Appreciation week, so we decided to try a craft idea that uses shaving cream. I got some cheap white shaving cream and it worked pretty well.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: Life Update Spring 2021

Hello! I realized I hadn’t hopped on here to share much news lately. Of course, there isn’t much going on lately, anyway. The days are pretty similar with everyone being home.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: The Chiplet is 3 Years Old!

It’s so weird to think of the Chiplet as being a 3 year old. Sometimes I realize it when I look at him and realize he isn’t quite as little as I expect. It also happens when I look at videos from a year ago and realize he has matured in different ways, even if he still seems quite little next to the Fudgelet.

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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!

Chiplet Adventures (part 18): Letter V Week

We need to speed through these letter posts! I also need to doublecheck which ones I haven’t shared on here, yet. I might start doubling up if there are a bunch left. It’s hard since we went out of order. This week I have letter V to share. It was pretty simple since he now knows the word vehicles and already knew about volcanoes (benefits of having an older sibling).

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