Mini Riceball asked me today about my mommy blog, she asked if I still had it. I told her I did but I just hadn’t updated in awhile. She told me I should write a post today. I’m still struggling with this blog and my other one, the timing doesn’t seem right for either. I have a few things on hold and a few things I’m picking up after a hiatus.
We are starting school back up this week after our long break for vacation and the holidays. It seems like I picked the worst starting week, but there has not been a good solid week anyway. This week I had a teacher’s meeting, which was great, I got to talk to my co-teachers for my classes at the co-op. I feel a bit more solid that I can do this and that I’m doing what I should be doing right now. I’m excited for the co-op to start too. I know I’ll have to make an adjustment to my schedule too because we won’t be able to do school at home those days.
This week I’ve started us back with a lighter schedule, trying to ease into things. I need to check out the science book and see where we are too. I know I’m behind the schedule I laid out at the beginning of the year. Our break ran a little over and we took a bit more time on the units than expected. Science is a bit hard to plan, I use a textbook as a spine that Mini Riceball loves, but I feel like I try to add so much extra into each unit that we spend too much time on each unit. Then I feel behind. I keep entertaining the idea of switching to a new curriculum that just covers one subject like biology for the year, but then I worry we’ll miss something. Which really is a bit nonsensical considering all I keep hearing is that elementary school is just for building a foundation, and the details can all be picked up later. Of course the moment I start thinking of focusing on biology, I think of how much Mini Riceball enjoys space, and rocks/minerals. Then I’m not sure if it’s best to focus on one subject. Also we always get a lot out of the other units and the activities and experiments that go with them. So I’m no closer to figuring out science than when I started but really I don’t need to be thinking about next year, since I have so much of this year left.