This was our first "official" week of homeschooling and me working remotely super early each morning. It was a learning experience for all of us!
Overall I have to say it went very well. I intentionally went into this week without any planning or pre-conceived thoughts of how it would go. I wanted to see what would happen naturally.
Most mornings Bram stayed in bed until 6:45-7:00am, then he would play for a bit, then I'd make him breakfast and he'd watch TV until I concluded at 9:00am. It was great on Monday to have a family day together, something we don't get to enjoy often.
Two major lessons learned:
For Hanukkah this year we were very intentional with the presents we gave Bram. We celebrated each night by lighting the candles on the Menorah and saying the blessing at sunset. Then he opened one gift which was a great way for him to focus and play and enjoy that one thing while Lee prepared dinner. Having our play area in the kitchen allows everyone to be part of the experience.
The great thing about Hanukkah is its pretty flexible in terms of when you celebrate with extended family..there are 8 nights to choose from! We got together with Bram's 3 uncles, and his grandparents on Friday night. It was chaos with 11 adults, 3 kids, and 4 dogs. All getting gifts, eating latkes, and having conversations, fun and warm chaos but chaos still.
This area is the "breakfast nook" in our kitchen on the main level of our townhouse. It has been his "playroom" since he was born. It held the pack n play as an infant, the baby exersaucer, the toddler play kitchen, and now its his hub of learning. I believe there is no line between play and learning... playing IS learning. Even 'just playing" is important at his age, at any age! So in this room not only are their workbooks, there are art supplies, crafts, various types of building blocks, super hero figurines, and even an Eagle Castle that has Scottish accented sound affects.