Breathe. Just breathe. It's first grade. We don't have to conquer the world this year. I'll settle for learning to read.
Item 1) Overcoming Dyslexia by Somebody (it's been a long evening of names)
I have done a bit of research and it's early yet, but when dealing with Raccoon, I listen to my gut. So I bought the book, which was recommended on a parenting forum I find useful in cases like these. Review to come.
The rest of the night I spent wishing for more money and time. Shake it off. I have enough of both. As my dad would say, "Keep it simple." One thing I ask myself when pining over resources is, "Can I find or make something similar for free?"
We are going to try 3 days a week in July, just language (reading/writing), science, and math, for about an hour. I am going to spend July and August planning our science-based curriculum, which should give me time to breathe. I-n-f-o-r-m-a-t-i-o-n o-v-e-r-l-o-a-d.
I'm going to add in some right brain activities (www.rightbrainkids.com I think that's the site). They are a little out there with some things, but I hope to help Raccoon calm down and focus. Just giving him a pencil can make him anxious.
And... drumroll please... this year I'm introducing the Schedule, made up of 15 minute chunks. I hope it makes me more mindful of how we use our time.
Things left to do:
1) Find a moderate set of First Grade Goals
2) Pull resources I already have
3) Spend some time thinking about Tot School for Kitty.
4) Find a better way to do lesson plans. How to combine online and book resources all in one spot?
More big news: I changed half of our living room into a school area. So far it has a shelf and kid table with two chairs. I'm getting over an allergic reaction to a plant drink a new friend gave me (i.e. lots of vomiting), so not much got done today. I did make and print off our year-long calendar, two months to a page. I taped the 6 pages next to my whiteboard, replacing the ones my mom made me last year. I circle the date if we did school and jot down what subjects we did. It's a great way to track all sorts of things, and to write down ideas or things I want to cover.
Reminders to self: I never heard of the Periodic Table or parts of a cell until high school, and I'm still fine.
School starts Monday.