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back to school

School started this past Monday and we met with our advisor on Wednesday. We started out with a new method that I read about at the end of the last school year. The parent/teacher writes out everything expected of the student for the day in the morning and the child/student can choose the order to do the tasks and can check them off when completed. Since Emma begins her day with assistance from maiki for math that subject begins after breakfast. Then she has choice as how to proceed.

Sometimes we go to the gardens, sometimes we have an errand or activity and I will try to include those on the list. If she finishes before six p.m. she has free time and afterwards we are settling down with more unplugged activities for the evening.

Started off slow this week with three subjects each day. I was glad that the bulk of my decision making about the days events happened in ten minutes in the morning and I was able to pass on more responsiblity to Emma. I felt more organized and she was happier to know what was going to happen. I had read that this method was wildly successful when homeschooling more than one child but it was just as effective for one too. Decision fatigue can be the hardest part of my days.

This year we are incorporating piano instruction with Hoffman Academy and studying U.S. History. I am looking forward to reading a lot of great historical fiction together. I decided we would study cursive more frequently for a bit since she her finger skills are more developed. We will also continue with knitting club. We are all looking forward to the new school year!

birthday time

Emma made me breakfast, I made the coffee. Almond butter on our home made bread with fruit is my favorite. Emma gave me 2 cards with frogs and one with a sea monster. She knows me so well.

We went to the final concert in the park in the afternoon. On our walk we ran into our friends. 🙂

Present with a pretty paper flower attached to a barette. Super cute!


A friend brought roses and cupcakes. And we had a bottle of prosecco.

The next day we went on a date in our neighborhood while Emma stayed home. Its a whole new world to be a part of now that we are parents who can go out alone!