So today we embarked on a new journey.
It was our first day Homeschooling.
My kids made me this sweet salt dough necklace (with my help of course) to start off our first year of school together.
People have said ugly comments regarding our decision to home school. But I’ve never been one to be persuaded by someones opinions.
In short, few of the reasons we decided to home school our kids was their sensory struggles. We didn’t want them to be a product of bullying and public school.
By homeschooling them it allows us to give them the one on one attention they need in order to succeed. In a busy classroom I could see how they could easily get lost or left behind.
So we decided to home school and today was our first official day of Kindergarten.
EBE is 5. Miss H is 4. She technically isn’t old enough to start kindergarten but she is so sharp and completed all the tasks right alongside her brother. Amazing what an attentive one on one setting can encourage.
When she was diagnosed with Autism the doctors were wrong. They were wrong about her challenges. They didn’t see what we saw.
She has some true gifts. Some struggles as well.
Anyways the first day of Kindergarten was a complete success. Aside from the fact that both were on sensory overload from the excitement and possibly the homemade cinnamon rolls.
But thankfully we’ve built a sensory area in the garage so we just moved our lessons to the swing helping them both to focus and lose some of the sensory challenges we faced. I was able to give them gum to satisfy the oral seeking, screeching and licking behaviors I was seeing.
Today we went on a science walk to do complete our science lesson. I have always noticed the kids learn best when moving. We went over the five senses of science; taste, smell, hearing, touch, and sight. I used this lesson to my sensory advantage allowing them to dig in the dirt, touch flowers on our walk, smell the sagebrush. We found quail footprints and drew them on our skin. Both my kids are sensory seekers and relax with gentle touch.
We brought a magnifying glass with us so we could get a better look along the way.
We move around often when we are learning if not I notice they lose focus so quickly.
It was just our first day, but I noticed that the kids were more focused if I allotted 5 minute breaks to get the wiggles out quite often. Hoping this continues to work for us.
I also diffused Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Melissa, Frankincense, Blue Cypress, Lavender to keep us focused.
I worked late into the night preparing homemade cinnamon rolls for the kids on their first day of school. I wanted it to be special. The sugar may have been to much for them, but it was their first day. So lesson learned, tomorrow I’ll resume our clean eating diet.
This is my favorite recipe and I’ve had it for so many years I wouldn’t know who to credit for the recipe and I always throw a bunch of randoms in there too.
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls -Bread Machine
Homemade cinnamon rolls Quick and easy using a bread machine and few ingredients you probably have around the house. This makes about 24 cinnamon rolls it’s a lot of dough! I also don’t make these often my kids don’t do well with sugar, but for a treat they are pretty tasty.
1 1/3 cup hot water
1 stick of butter cut into small chunks
5 tablespoons of sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon dry-active yeast
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter softened
I truly don’t measure much. I just sort of dash and go.
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
4-6 Tablespoons milk
Anyways I won’t pretend this is a healthy recipe. But on a special occasion it’s something the kids truly enjoy. Even if I did have to survive the sugar high after.
Hope you enjoy!
All in all I’d say it was a successful day. I have a few sensory strategies I plan to implement, but I think once the excitement of school settles down the sensory quirks will slow down a bit.
I had a really fun time learning alongside them and it truly is rewarding being a part of their education.