Happy almost 4th!
We’ve had a busy few weeks, some how I delude myself in to believing that things slow down in the summer, but that is far from accurate. If anything work lately has been a whirlwind of activity.
Big has been in a multitude of summer camps, including an art camp at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Northern Clay Center, the Textile Center and a few others.
Little has recently started in Pre-K and loves her new room and teachers. Her favorite activities in the summer are swimming and this summer feeding the Giraffes at the Minnesota Zoo.
Additionally, we are looking at some really fun opportunities for Strawberry picking (or the next week or so) and Pied Piper Crafts.
What are your favorite summer camps/activities?
Crud, I had so much more stuff I was hoping to get done, and here we are, last two days of the school year. Of course, my smartie pants finished her academic work up a few weeks early, so I’ve been “inventing” work these past few weeks. (When we weren’t on vacation.)
She’s got a few pen pals now, she’s working through her 4th grade math book, and I believe she plans to finish that by the end of summer. Not that I’m gonna even try to stop her. Continue reading
Today we found out we got a sizable scholarship to a school we really want to go to, but money might have been an obstacle, which is a huge relief! I also got an unexpected contract at work, which means I feel a bit more solid about where the rest of the tuition money comes from, so in this moment, I am feeling very relaxed, happy and thankful!
Tomorrow is day two of MCA testing for GM. Today went well and she felt really confident about her performance on the tests. It’s always such a great feeling to know you’re acing a test. I still remember that from elementary school.
Also, the sun was out for most of today which melted most of the snow finally. While there are predictions from snow later this week, today was truly the first day that I could really fell spring coming in Minnesota.
All in all a wonderful day.
Last week we heard back from almost all the schools we’ve applied to. With the exception of one she was accepted to all, which was exciting. Now it comes down to financial aid. I really hoped it wouldn’t come down to that, however, I have realistic expectations about how much I can afford, and while we didn’t specifically start doing online school for the price tag (free) it certainly doesn’t hurt!
On that note, we haven’t completely given up on the idea of online school, in fact quite the opposite. GM actually completed her 3rd grade math for the year, so this week we’ve begun 4th grade math, and having that flexibility has been awesome. Continue reading
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned that I’m a big supporter of public schools, and charter schools IF THEY WORK. Currently in my state many charter schools test scores fall well below the other district schools and those other schools for the most part aren’t posting very impressive scores. Minnesota is now 2nd worst in the country with the achievement gap, and while there seems to be a lot of talk about solutions, I’m not seeing a lot of effective change, in the public awareness, or the schools ability to drive change and start closing these gaps. Continue reading
Work has gotten very busy lately, so I’m thankful that my mother has been around to lend a helping hand on the days when client meetings keep me busy, and GM has gotten in to a schedule that allows me some flexibility in scheduling. I do still have to remind her on occasion to refer back to her daily plan when she us unsure of what to do next. I’m considering actually creating a daily time chart, however, I’ve struggled in the past with managing that as sometimes an art lesson takes 35 minutes and sometimes it takes an hour and a half. I worry that if I create time limits on things it may create an artificial pressure to complete tasks when it isn’t needed. Continue reading
As of now, we have been accepted to BOTH Waldorf schools in our area. I like them both a lot for a variety of reasons, we still need to weigh the feasibility and a few other concerns. I’ll hear back from the lion’s share of the other schools in the first week of April, so I need to continue to keep an open mind moving forward. It is really exciting to know that we’ve been accepted somewhere however, I’m also continuing not to rule out online school, and in fact other homeschool options. I have a close friend who will be homeschooling her children, and while they are quite a bit younger, the age of my younger preschooler, they get a long very well with my children and we may be able to figure out a way to “share” in the homeschooling responsibilities. Continue reading