|Milkshakes after surviving another week :)|
|Controversial but interesting perspective!|
Though Grace is doing well academically, she is overwhelmed with the rigidity of the classroom experience. For example, Grace said, "I love art class, but you have to make what she says, not what I want to make!" Is that defiance or is it simply creativity? After Kindergarten, it's rare that a child has a chance to have any "free expression" time through art, writing, or music. I think certain children might need a bit of a creative outlet without the structure- sort of like recess for the mind.
I am trying to find a balance for her- I am setting up more unstructured crafting for her- paint, glitter, sequins, etc.- so she can explore a bit after school. So far, she has made several Christmas presents and she looks forward to that time each day.
I also find reasons for mini-celebrations- such as our Half-Birthday parties. Luckily, my girls are born five days apart so I can save half the cake.... I gave Grace the icing, sprinkles and food dye so she could dabble at the bakery arts for an hour.
|Yummy half birthday cake!|
Does she love school? Nope. Is she surviving? Yup. We are still adjusting and every week is a challenge. I love that she has friends and she enjoys music and art- those are areas that homeschooling often doesn't provide as well. I miss the freedom to explore topics that interested us but I am glad someone else has to force her to do daily math... I can definitely see the perks in both lifestyles.
Easy Rule #54354- Sometimes your work can help your home life- I am blessed to have a career that complements my parenthood.
Easy Rule #7897- When life stresses you out, bake a cake. Or just half of one.
|Time to eat!|