Finding a way forward sometimes means seeking out our own solutions. For my family, I think that is going to mean different choices for my different children. I think there is wisdom there, and maybe the traditional school format hasn’t historically allowed parents enough freedom to choose what is best for each child.
Beau’s First Day of First Grade
Eight other parents and I have decided to make school happen for our kindergarten and first graders. That is the bottom line. Oddly, it is safe for daycares to be open, but not our local schools. A friend of mine whose mom has a small drop in daycare has loaned us her facility. We found a certified teacher with a master’s in education, and the whole situation is a very beautiful thing. Most assuredly built by God just for my kiddo. Every one of his best friends have been able to join this one class. My heart overflowed with joy. He was so excited, and so tired at the end of the day. Perfection.
Noah, 5th Grade
Noah is an entirely different kid, and has different interests talents and needs. I’m hoping to get him through the first couple weeks and assessments so I can understand where he stands academically and then I think we may go full homeschool at least until in-person school resumes normally without masks and distancing. Such a special kid, Noah is a great designer and has natural talent in art and mechanics. He is a reader and a communicator and I think he will learn more if I let him roam a bit. We are concerned about his physical health and he needs more than 1 hour of PE a day – much less a week. I would put PE at the top of his needs. It is the most important subject for Noah, and the least well adapted to virtual school. His latest design…
My working – their schooling – and Bunny
With my sweet Bunny, there is still only so much I can do during the daytime hours. I’m not keen on sending her to a daycare with masks because it is so important to smile and make proper facial expressions with infants and toddlers. It has been shown to improve cognitive processing and intelligence as they develop. Because I do have the opportunity, (thanks to my husband and the freedom I have with my freelance WordPress work) I have chosen to opt out of daycare for Bunny until masks are no longer required. A funny tidbit – during our most recent WP Guppy Tank coaching session – Bunny got a sharpie and marked up her face and our couch. you can see the remnants on her little face in this fun breakfast shot.
My husband, Jay, the hero of our family
None of this would be possible without my sincere, faithful, tireless, and loving husband who works hard to make all this possible. If you find yourself in the Outer Banks or shopping for sailboats, think of us. Jay is a great charter captain. His guests are always happy. I know why.