So, Week 2 went a lot differently than Week 1. On Monday I sat the kids down and told them of the new plan. It is going well. Here it is...
-Go pick up Betsy.
-Get home with about 10 minutes to spare before the bus comes. We run in for her to go potty and us both to grab a Pop-Ice and we head out and wait for the bus.
-We grab mail and head inside.
-I make the kids a snack (They get one "healthy treat" and one "sweet treat"...Examples: an apple and a Reese's cup, applesauce and a cookie, watermelon and a Pop-Ice.)
-While they eat their snack I go through the mail (new folder system will be in place soon!), fold clothes that I had moved to the dryer at lunch, and empty the dishwasher (if I had started it that morning). For some reason I have found that if I am sitting at the table grilling them about their day they give me blank stares...but if I mull around the kitchen working on these chores then they will talk and talk, so that's what I do!
-After snack we head upstairs (if it is Monday, we do Manners Mondays now), then they each sit at their desk and do their homework or a "lesson". I use the Summer Bridge workbooks (Thanks Sarah!) and the Kumon workbooks. I also have several dry-erase books that I have gotten at consignment sales that I like to use for handwriting practice.
We also work on things that the teacher mentions in the Wednesday newsletter that comes home. For example last week she mentioned that some kids were writing their names in all caps and she was teaching the name to be in Cap and Lowercase. I knew Jay was writing his name in all caps, so that day we worked on how he should write his name going forward. We also work on the teacher's "words of the week" and talk about their meanings.
-After the "lesson" we read books together or listen to a Joy School song/story. (Also about 30 minutes.)
-At 4:00 it is FUN TIME! I've decided that at their current age every day can't be play-outside-with-friends-day, so on Monday/Wednesday/Friday they head out with friends. On Tuesday/Thursday they play at home (TV show, free play with babies/Legos/dress-up clothes/doll-house, walk, backyard porch time with paints, etc.) or (after I gauge tired levels) we may go on an outing to the library, pool, park or zoo.