Well back in September, all of us started back to school. The big kids are going three days a week, Charlie is going two days a week, and I am teaching two days a week. The kids absolutely LOVE school. This is the first year they are really interested in the actual learning as opposed to just enjoying art time and recess. Ella was writing her name within the first week and the boys are doing better. Their names are obviously harder, but we are working on it. I am teaching Charlie's class, but it is so fun to see him interact with all of his little friends. They each have their best friend and it is hilarious to hear them talk about who they played with, who they sat by, who was the line leader and who had to sit in the "Thinking Chair". So far, none of our crew has had to sit in the "Thinking Chair"!
I'm letting them help pick what goes in their lunch each day. They get to pick a fruit, a veggie, yogurt/applesauce, pretzels/crackers, and a special treat(animal cookies, teddy grahams, etc.) So I decided very quickly that I needed a system to remember who wanted what, because Heaven forbid I should make a mistake, the world will surely come to an end! So every night before school, we sit down and right down on "their color" sticky note, exactly what they want and then I stick it by their lunch bag so I know what goes where. I pack as much as can the night before so it goes a little more smoothly in the morning. I also found the cutest containers for their lunches so we don't have to use pre-packaged food or plastic bags, which at 13 lunches a week can get pricey! So here is what our counter looks like during the week.
Here we are on the first day of school
And of course they all picked the same backpacks and lunch bags, (we're working on individuality) so I found some ribbon to tie around their bags to tell us which bag belongs to which child!
The big kids and their cubbies (Charlie refused to stand by his)