All About Me week was not what I would call successful from an organizational standpoint. I planned to do a whole day of activities around the fruits of the spirit that I never got to do and we postponed our family tree activities to Sunday after a rough doctor visit. Plus, all of our co-op friends were sick, so no co-op. It was a week where we were all struggling with sleep and our busy weekends catching up to us, and that just happens sometimes! However, we celebrated Aria’s birthday, still got some activities done, and went on some awesome adventures, so the week wasn’t a complete write-off. Just a lesson to learn on trusting your body as a homeschool parent when your body is telling you enough is enough!
I always try to do All about Me week over the week of Aria’s birthday, so per our tradition, we did that again this year. The weekend before and after All About Me, we went to several fun events in and out of the city, so even though we didn’t do a party this year, our adventures more than made up for it. We went to “Barktoberfest” with my in-laws and saw rescue dogs and had a blast petting animals and painting pumpkins. Then, we went to a civil war re-enactment, which was loads of fun and had a lot of kids activities. The weekend following our unit, we went to a pumpkin patch for an entire day of fun. So, when it came time to do traditional schoolwork, we ended up saying “let’s push this off” a good bit solely out of a need to survive!
I decided to divide the days up into self, emotions and the face, 5 senses, family tree, and the aforementioned fruits of the spirit (which we didn’t get to do). “About Myself” was put on hold on Aria’s actual birthday because we spent the day playing with her few new gifts, but the following day we wrote a book all about Aria and she actually wrote a lot herself. We took pages from several different worksheets and ended up with a largish book that we can look back at next year to see how much Aria has changed.
Emotions and the face was fun because we played games and drew different faces. We even made our own emotions book and Aria traced what she thought she saw in the mirror. My favorite part was Skylar sitting and listening and then pointing out the different facial expressions because she learned them from her sister!
5 senses was definitely the favorite because it was so hands on. The 5 senses table looks intense to make, but it probably took about 20 minutes to pull together and yet kept both of my girls busy for quite a while. We followed that up with a dice sensory game and sensory scavenger hunt, so just a fun filled day.
Lastly, family tree day was super fun even though we had to put it off a few days after a rough doctors appointment that led to a long nap. I ordered family pictures of any family I had pictures of from the past year and labeled the backs with their full names and titles. Then, placed them in a rice bin. After the girls got tired of playing in the rice bin, we glued them onto a “family tree” and talked about how our family is connected, which was definitely complicated because of so many divorces in my family but fun nonetheless!
I love All About Me week, and I think a key takeaway this week is that it doesn’t matter how much stuff you get done or how much you can accomplish as long as you are taking care of yourself and your babies in the process. Part of being a good homeschool mom or student is getting rest and knowing when a day of lessons just won’t work for you, and I personally think that is 100% okay and a key benefit to homeschooling! It isn’t how much you teach, it is how much your child absorbs and how well you love them through it all. Hopefully that lesson really sticks with me this year and this week of frustration and exhaustion makes me a better mom in the long run!
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Jessica and Ana
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