The other day the kids watched The Little Mermaid for the first time (and now they are really excited about the live action version coming out in May). They loved it, though the shark attack was a little bit frightening. Mayci pretty much dove into Zeke’s arms. Big brothers will always keep you safe.
Anthony spent the night at his big sisters’ apartment Sunday night so he helped pack his own lunch and snack for Monday while he was there.
Anthony bought his lunch in the cafeteria on Thursday (he loves their pizza) so no lunch from home needed for him that day.
Zeke bought his lunch in the cafeteria on Friday (he picked chicken tenders). Mayci and Nicky so far have declined the offer of buying lunch once a week. They like their lunches from home better than cafeteria food.
We pack the kids’ lunches and snacks in Easy Lunchboxes containers. We decided to go with the five compartment ones for lunch and that sees to be working well.
We try to vary what they get, though there is always a sandwich in the lunch, a fruit in both the lunch and snack box, and some sort of treat in the lunch.
We have to be a little bit careful packing the snacks and lunches because Adrian is gluten free and Noah is in a peanut/tree nut free classroom due to a classmates’ allergy. And, of course, we take personal tastes into account (for example, Zeke HATES peanut butter and jelly, but most of his younger siblings love it (Noah eats sunbutter and jelly).
All the kids in school except Fritz get a lunch (he gets free lunch at his school) and all seven of them get a snack. Noah gets two snacks. Little learners get very hungry apparently. Very little comes home after school and what does the others are more than happy to eat so almost nothing goes to waste.
All seven of the boys still at home got their hair cut in preparation for school starting. I’ve got some handsome young men in this house!
Fritz, age 16, 11th grade
Adrian, age 14, 9th grade
Zeke, age 7, 2nd grade
Anthony, age 5, kindergarten
Nicholas, age 4, pre-k
Noah, age 3, ECSE
Joel, age 3, staying home for one more year
This summer the kids (especially Mayci) spent lots of time at dance camps (plus a sports camp for Zeke). They all had a great time and it helped break up our days.
Mayci started the summer with princess camp. One day her teacher even came in dressed as Belle ready for the ball. That was an exciting day for all the girls.
Mayci, Nicky, Noah, and Joel did a ballet and jazz camp. The boys were kind of crazy but they had tons of fun. One day we went to pick them up and Joel was sound asleep, totally worn out by all the activity.
Mayci’s next adventure was Encanto camp. They danced to We Don’t Talk About Bruno. She had a ball at that one. After all, she absolutely loves Encanto!
Zeke did a two day Disney sing-a-long camp and then did musical theater camp. He really enjoyed being on stage when he did the acting class at school, but add in singing and dancing and that’s his idea of heaven (he loved it so much he’s taking musical theater at the dance studio this year).
Mayci and Anthony took acro camp where they both enjoyed dancing and flipping and stretching. Mayci was made for acro with how bendy she is (she’ll be taking acro class this year).
Ballet camp is where Mayci discovered not only does she enjoy doing ballet, she is good at it. Anthony, who had never taken ballet at all before this camp, learned so much including the correct terms for some of the moves. Mayci was disappointed to discover she’s too young still for a ballet-only class, but that’s okay. She’s taking a ballet/tap combo and a ballet/jazz combo this year so between the two of them it’ll be like she’s getting a whole ballet class after all.
The last week of summer all four of the older little ones went to camp. Anthony and Nicholas took hip hop. My new favorite thing is little kids hip hop dancing. So of course Anthony will be taking hip hop this year.
While Anthony and Nicholas were doing hip hop, Zeke and Mayci were doing ballet and tap. Zeke loves tap (so of course he’s taking ballet/tap with Mayci this year).
This summer of dancing ended in Mayci winning a spot on the competition team and us picking out classes that will put at least one kid at the studio five days a week. Apparently dance is our life now.
This summer Anthony completed the PK-K Summer Quest workbook, Mayci completed the K-1 Summer Quest workbook, and Zeke completed the 1-2 Summer Quest workbook. They had lots of fun adding stickers to their maps all day and were so proud when they made it to the finish line ready for their next year of school
I’ve been going through Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons with Zeke and Mayci for two summers now and we managed to finish it just before school started, bringing them both to a second grade level in reading. Some of those lessons felt disjointed and some of the stories were downright strange, but it truly did teach them to read very well.
In an effort to reduce wasted food, I decided to have a taste testing with the seven kids who will be in school this year to see what they like for their lunches and snacks.
I didn’t realize I had bought quite so many snacks. I’ve been building up my supply over the last three weeks.
The result was that Noah liked absolutely everything. Most foods were liked by all seven (or the six who can eat gluten depending on what the food was). Everything was liked by at least three people.
Every year before school starts we do a practice run of dropping off and picking up the kids so our new to school kid can know what to expect on the first day. This year Fritz and Adrian played the part of the teachers.
Nicholas is so excited to start school. He felt very big to be able to finally get out of the van instead of just staying in his seat.
But he isn’t so big that he didn’t pack his teddy in his new backpack. When we got home and I went to put away the backpacks I realized there was something in his. It always helps to have a little bit of comfort when doing new things, no matter how exciting they are.
Fritz – 11th Grade
Adrian – 9th Grade
Zeke – 2nd Grade
Mayci – 1st Grade
Anthony – Kindergarten
Nicholas – Pre-K
Noah – ECSE3
Joel – The Only One at Home!