For the nuts and bolts of it, we have been busy doing a variety of activities. Both kids have been doing swim lessons and we have done some family swim sessions. The kids are also in a theater games class, which has been a lovely success and includes 4 other kids they adore. We have been doing regular cooperative activities with friends, plenty of activities outside, weekly classes have begun through their charter, and 4-H projects have begun now, with both kids in projects Endangered Species, Environmental Stewardship (a restoration project they were part of last year as well), and Amateur Naturalist (a project I am co-leading). Lala is additionally in a California History project, which will dovetail beautifully with 4th grade local and native studies. (She missed the first meeting due to being sick.) She's also taking piano lessons.
We go for a walk and have verses, songs, and Brain Gym exercises that we do daily. We have just shifted all this into a circle time that includes recorder again, at the kids' request! (We abandoned it last year after too many fusses.) And we are slowly, but successfully building baking, handwork, form drawing, and arts back into our days/weeks.
It sounds like a lot, but most weeks we have 2 weekdays during which we can be fully home or take a field trip.
Finn Luca has begun the year with a toned down geography lesson to dovetail with Lala's lessons, and with a block of math (the quality of numbers). I am able to push him and/or back off in a way I simply didn't know to do with Lala when she was his age (not to mention I wasn't homeschooling when she was this age), so we do lots of games and living for learning, and he still gets lots of play time. He's still smiley and happy and sweet, and is quite independent (and yes, tall) for his age...until he's had his fill and then he pulls mamma or dada in close.
I guess what I am saying is...oh my goodness, the change and progress has been amazing. While we still make plenty of time for her to play, she's now able to stay and finish her work when Finn Luca is excused. In some subjects, she asks for more work. To warm this home teacher mamma's heart "Fourth grade is fun!" She is still my sweet, sensitive, attached girl, sometimes comfortable using her wings on her own, sometimes staying close. She's excelled at swimming to the point that her ability exceeds her comfort, so she's continuing to practice understanding fears and working to tackle the ones worth tackling. I am continuing to practice staying connected (to both kids).
Even though I am teaching in blocks, we are doing all subjects regularly, because that's just part of life (or where I think we need a little extra work/attention). Math, science, writing all happen as fun activities or just naturally blended with or pulled from other activities we are doing.
All in all, a motivating, joyful, exciting start to our year, one in which I can tell is a shift year. I am trying to connect and enjoy it all.
Such days to be treasured.