In the last month, the girls have had to stay home a few days due to illness. My youngest loves being home with mama but my first grader hates missing school.
The last few times I had them both home with me, I promised to re-inact school for them so they wouldn’t feel like they were actually missing it.
Little B made little H a chart of sight words and word family words she should practice daily. It now hangs on our refrigerator and Little H takes it down every day to practice printing a few of the words (even though she cannot read them yet).
Last but not least, the two girls worked on this art project using marshmallows and fruit loops. The idea was to create a picture using only 100 items. Once complete, Little B proudly took it to school to put on display in celebration of already being in school for 100 days this year.
On days like this, I often think about homeschooling my girls because it would allow me to plan and directly control what they learn. Truth is, my girls love everything about school and would rather be there than at home with me. They love to see and play with friends and they love their teachers. Why would I ever want to change what they love?
So instead, I save our “activity days” for after school, holidays and weekends. It gives us creative and fun things to do together. It also allows me to supplement what they’re learning at school with things I feel are important for them to learn or practice at home.
In the end, we’re all happy ~ the girls … AND me.