Who is semi-freaking out about Daniel going not only back to school but entering 5th grade? That would be me!
I feel a bit more on top of it than I did last year though, all the school supplies are purchased, just need to get some school clothes. The only real battle is last minute appointments and paperwork. I am excited because HE is excited to go back even though a part of me wishes he’d choose to go back to homeschooling or unschooling. However I 100% support his choice and after LAST year, I can see how we can make changes THIS year to make the school year go much more smoothly.
For example, dinner. That ALONE is my largest life struggle I swear. Not only what to make for dinner every night but WHEN to make it. See my husband works for AT&T as a tech (he works the pole yo!) so his hours are super random. He can be home after a 10 hour day or a 18 hour day. I always felt like I HAD to wait until he was home to make dinner but now? I am going to have a “strict” dinner time and just make him a plate to warm up because LAST year Daniel would occasionally miss his bedtime because dinner was so late.
His bedtime is going from 10:30pm to 10pm with a more strict routine in place starting at 9:30pm for cleaning up, brushing teeth, all that good stuff.
Mornings generally we never had an issue with. I credit this to breakfast pre-planning. I tend to bake a TON of muffins, scones, homemade waffles, egg “mc muffins”, and have overnight oatmeal in the fridge so that it’s super fast and easy to have a nice hot breakfast in a short period of time.
We pack his lunch at home and this year, although generally we aren’t big on the processed food, I bought a TONNNNN of pre-packaged snacks in individual portions. Like goldfish crackers, kettle corn popcorn, baked chips, pretzels, and so on. We do sandwiches most of the time with some left over hot pasta or soup in the Autumn and Winter in a Thermos. We also included fruit and a cheese-stick since they do a mini-snack time in the morning.
Another issue is the classic one, homework. Even though I’d go through his backpack every afternoon, he would still manage to stash or hide papers. A MAJOR issue about homework was his teacher though. Because Daniel is super struggling with reading (he is fabulous at math) he had to get “different” homework and his teacher 99.9% of the time would forget to give it to him OR give him homework he simply wasn’t able to do (even though we did TRY). I hope beyond hope that he has a competent teacher this year. We set up an IEP at the end of the 2011-2012 school year so that should help a ton with his reading.
So overall I’m trying to be positive about this upcoming 2012-2013 school year. That he will have a wonderful teacher, not deal with bullies, and will really grasp reading.