Y’all, I’m writing this on the first day of virtual school here. My girlie is so excited to see her classmates, even if it’s just online. She definitely needed a space that wasn’t the kitchen table (like last spring’s locale) so we set off to figure out how we could make that happen in her room!
Her teacher sent out a survey last week for us to fill out. It went like this: What are your child’s strengths? She’s social! What is your child’s learning style? Social. What are your child’s weaknesses? She’s social. Haha. It’s definitely not a weakness, but when it comes to paying attention, um…. She’d rather talk. She’d rather talk than do just about anything else, besides sing. All day. And dance. I love her. It’s also exhausting…especially right now when I know how much she gets out of actually being with her friends at school! Whew. Girlie. We’ll make it. We recently decided to bubble with her bestie this fall and winter, and that will save us all.
School-At-Home For Our Second Grader
We live in an old house. Like, 1896 old. It’s been remodeled on the inside, but the rooms are still quite small. We love our high ceilings and the open feeling, but the footprint of each room is quite limited. We are not minimalists, as much as I try to be. This makes things challenging.
The Study Nook
But, thank goodness, this little desk tucked in perfectly at the end of Sienna’s bunkbed, also giving her a window to look out of for screen time breaks. The little basket is supposed to be serving as a footrest for her so she can be all ergo and correct, but I failed to mention that so she’s probably wondering “why did mom put a basket under here?” This is not a magazine shoot post. This is a First Week of School Snap Some Cute Photos post or else I’d never get it to happen. Keeping it real. Haha. Shana wanted to see all of our kids’ schooling at home set-ups, so this is for you, S.
The Reading Nook
My main goal for Sienna’s school year is to help her develop a reading habit. She can read well, but hasn’t quite moved to that level of wanting to do it on her own. (See above: social.) Recently though, she picked up and started reading one of her Ramona books DURING a movie with us… I was trying not to freak out and just be cool. I know she’ll come to her love of reading in her own time.
We’ve honestly been lax on screen time during this summer because #quarantine and she’s usually doing a craft while watching anything, so I’ve felt OK about that. We definitely limit the screen time during the school year, but that’s tricky right now, too. I thought if we set up this cute teepee she’d have a cozy spot to enjoy, away from her desk, that she could comfortably develop her reading habit in. Fingers crossed! (Baby Mouse books are also a current favorite!)
Shop Sienna’s Room
The art/supply cart still needs an overhaul, the rest of her bedroom is only slightly more picked up than it was all summer, and there are paint stains on the desk you can’t see that are driving me nuts. Haha. Keeping it real? I’m pretty much just wanting summer to last all year this year, so we’re doing the slow-roll into this school thing. And, as I said in my recent Amazon finds post, thank goodness we are. She just interrupted the writing of the post with a big whining sesh about having to read. #timely Godspeed, fellow at-home-school-managing parents. Godspeed.
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