We’re learning about balance in our home right now
Things are going to look and feel a lot different this fall, and that’s scary and sad.
But that doesn’t mean fall has to be scary and sad!
There’s so much to look forward to. Sunday school, for example, will be online this year. That may be strange, but it will also give me, as a teacher, and my kids the chance to engage in it in a new way. Our youth pastor arranged a social distance gathering so teachers and students could meet each other. It was a super small turnout, as expected, but it was also a really joyful time.
It was so fun, you can see Henry feeling pretty jealous that the first-graders didn’t get to do it (for safety concerns).
He pulled a little Zacchaeus move
Finally, they noticed! He was invited to join the water balloon catapulting
I’ve been feeling all kinds of feelings about starting school, both for the boys and myself. I’ll find myself getting upset about something specific, but then when I start talking it through, my voice catches when I mention Charlie and Henry. Sure, the details of a new job are stressful, but when it comes down to it, my real feelings have to do with the boys. I’ve been a stay-at-home parent for 9 years. That has been my full-time priority. So even though that is no longer my ‘job title,’ I still absolutely feel like I need to fulfill every one of the obligations I’ve always had on my plate as a stay-at-home parent. Fitting a full-time job in on top of that is…really something. The boys will be doing school at home, and I’ll be teaching both in my classroom and from home.
But it’s also exciting. I have loved getting to set up my classroom. I find myself having fun planning curriculum. I’ve been doing these meet-your-teacher Zoom calls, and I dread and hate them…until a new family hops on and starts talking! Then my energy spikes and I get this full-body joy feeling.
This fall is going to be weird and hard and great.
Here’s some of the bulletin board work I’ve been working on! Whiteboard drawings compliments of Charlie and Henry
My own graphic adaptation of a favorite scene in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Backdrop artwork compliments of…Charlie as a wee young’un. He used to love watching watercolors drip down the easel paper. It reminded him of the progress bars that show up when you’re waiting for a computer page to load. He called these drips, “Loady things”
This one might be my fave
And speaking of art reflecting time, values and place…here’s some of our sand art
Yesterday after I accomplished everything I needed to for the day at school (we’re in teacher workshop/setup/planning week), the boys and I hit Lake Harriet.
We value sunshine, water, digging in the dirt, and living up the late summer days in the city.
And then, in the morning, I got ready for some more family meetings.
Here I am, waiting for families to join my Zoom call, enjoying my coffee in a mug I got as a gift from the Governor of the Yamanashi Prefecture in Japan…waaaay back when I was a middle schooler myself.
While I wait, I made some magnets for my file cabinet to give kids inspiration points when they’re not sure what to make.
So yeah. Balance. It’s going to be new and different. But, as the theme song to a TV show I love says, “you take the good, you take the bad, you take ’em both and there you have the facts of life.”