The Final Home School Update + May Kiwi Crate

We are in the last week of kindergarten home school! I can’t believe it. This home school adventure of ours will be wrapping up on Friday, June 10th. I couldn’t be happier that I decided to dive into this last August upon finding out my kiddo wouldn’t be allowed to start public school because of her age. Home schooling was something I’d had in the back of mind as a possibility, but honestly it was not my first choice. I’ve never had a desire to be a teacher, and I found the whole thing incredibly intimidating. However, I think this has been one of the most rewarding parental experiences I’ve ever had.

home school update - first day of home school sep 2015
One of our first home school activities – marshmallow + toothpick shape making! September 2015

Not only did it fill me with pride for my daughter as I watched her grasp new concepts, and be there for every joyous expression as we tried a new experiment, but it also brought me a large sense of personal pride as well. I got to be the person who taught her to read from day one, I successfully taught her numbers, math, and so many more concepts to give her a solid foundation for when she enters public school. I never expected the feeling of pride that planning the lessons and teaching her gave me, and I cherish it. I am so grateful to be in the position that I could home school her.

home school field trip to Squam Lakes Science Center otter
These two photos are from a recent field trip to the local Science Center! Tons of nature and animal oriented things to do, plus lots of rescue animals to see (like this otter!) We love it there!

home school field trip to Squam Lakes Science Center

 

Her first kindergarten meeting was last week, and it went really well! We met her teacher, who seems lovely, and went over a lot of the work we’ve been doing in home school. With the tiered curriculum they use, they do plan on integrating her in the advanced tiers for math and reading, and see how everything else plays out. I am thrilled with this outcome. She will spend a decent portion of the day in the kindergarten class, which I think is incredibly important. A massive part of kindergarten is learning the classroom environment and the socialization with so many children, neither of which my child has any experience with, so I feel that her being with other children who have also never been to school before will be very beneficial. I think I am excited as she is for her to begin this new journey!

Obviously, on my end at least, the excitement is matched with an equal amount of wistfulness. It only hit me recently that after this summer, we are starting a completely new chapter and dynamic. I will never get to go back to spending all day every day with my child. Those days are done. And it is such a bittersweet feeling. I can’t possibly describe how happy I am that I’ve gotten to stay home with my child for these past 5 years. To watch her grow and mature, to go from a helpless little being into a little girl full of personality. I wouldn’t trade it for the world, and I am still working on coming to terms with the fact that I won’t be able to do that in the same way any more. #allthefeels

On the other end of the feelings spectrum, I am so excited for the return of FREE TIME. I never, not one little bit, fully appreciated what free time was before I had a child. Becoming a parent, there is no longer a single second where you don’t constantly have the responsibility of someone else on your mind. And I don’t mean that in a bad way; it’s just that you, and your needs, are no longer the focus of life. Free time drops to a complete minimum. Pre-kid, I never appreciated the fact that I had the freedom to do what I want, when I wanted. And while I definitely am not planning on just lazing around being a lump once she starts school (make all the art!!!!) I am definitely giving myself an adjustment period, not only to celebrate such free time, but also to allow myself to grieve the end of this parenting chapter. There will be lots of tears and Netflix.

TL;DR the above parenting babble: Home school is ending, my kid is starting public school so soon, and I am full of all the feels.

Lately in her lessons we’ve been continuing with reading, subtraction, and more general review. We’re touching in on all the core concepts from throughout the school year, and making sure they stuck! (So far, they all have, woohoo!) A couple weeks ago we also introduced nouns as verbs and have had a lot of fun incorporating games for them each day. Plus, we are still getting Kiwi Crate! May’s box was excellent, and I think it just might be my favorite one so far.

may kiwi crate - pinball machine box

We got to build a pinball machine! We took this with us on a trip to visit my dad and she such fun putting it together on his back deck.

May kiwi crate - supplies

may kiwi crate - base board assembly

may kiwi crate - board assembly

may kiwi crate - pinball machine play

As usual, I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of the project we received. Everything was extremely durable, easy to assemble for little hands with a small amount of my assistance, and I love that they provide extra pieces of the small things in case any get broken or lost. My kiddo has had more fun with this project than any of the others! She still plays with it, and loves to pop out the obstacles and rearrange them for the marble to bounce off of. Definitely a winner!

I plan on continuing Kiwi Crate even though our home school time is coming to an end. We we still be continuing things like reading and math over summer, but without the structured days like we did during the school year. My little miss loves her Kiwi Crate arriving at the PO Box each month, and I’m excited to continue it over summer!

While I am an affiliate of Kiwi Crate, this box was purchased with my own money, and the review is my own honest opinion. As an affiliate, the links in this post are affiliate links. All income from affiliate links covers costs here on the blog!

High fives to you if you made it to the end of this very long post! Are you ready to bring on summer? What are some of your summer plans?

  • christine

    Ahh! Congrats on a wonderful year of home school! So precious you got to spend that time with your daughter. I loved seeing all the updates!

    • Kay

      Thank you! And while I won’t be sharing any more home school specific posts, there’ll be plenty of updates of all the shenanigans we get up to. 😉

  • B.

    “I am full of the feels.” I love it! LOL Congrats on a successful year of home schooling!

    • Kay

      Thanks B! 😀

  • Emma

    I’m kind of sad the Homeschooling posts are coming to an end – I love checking out what you two are getting up to, and finding out what is in the Kiwi crates. Great to hear you’re still going to be getting them to do together though. And don’t worry, you’ll have lots of omework to help with in the future too.

    • Kay

      I’m glad you’ve enjoyed them! And while there won’t be any more home school specific posts, there will definitely still be posts & pics sharing about what we’ve been up to, and recapping the Kiwi Crates. 🙂

  • Awesome mom award goes to you! Seriously! You’re awesome to not only homeschool your kid, but make look super enjoyable! I would just tell my kid, “Read this book. Learn things. The end.” haha!
    ~Sara

    • Kay

      Haha, thank you Sara! While I loved doing it, it definitely came with days of frustration. I am not the most patient of people (though having a kid has certainly helped that) and I definitely had moments of wanting to pull my hair out! Overall though, totally worth it. 😀

  • Danielle Knapp

    I really should check out Kiwi Crate..my son would love to build a pinball machine. I really want to incorporate some homeschooling this summer 🙂

    • Kay

      I highly recommend it! (And not just because I’m an affiliate lol.) It really is such a great service, and the projects are always fun and educational, which is such a great combo for little kids. I hope you like it if you give it a try!

  • gamerwife

    Well done, mom!

    • Kay

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Oh my goodness, it’s over already? I *swear* it was just yesterday I was reading about your decision to start it! It sounds like you’ve done a phenomenal job with it all. Enjoy all that wonderful free time. I have no doubt you’ll do great things with it 🙂

    • Kay

      Thanks Neri! I’m excited, but nervous about all the free time since I feel like I’m just making up this whole ‘art career’ as I go. But we’ll see how it turns out!

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