We had a good summer, even if we couldn’t make it to the US because of COVID. The COVID cases in Italy remained low and we spent the summer at the pool, the beach, a week long vacation at the sea and a weekend in Rome. It was unbearably hot sometimes and we finally bought an a/c for the house. School restarted the 24th of September, but after a few short weeks school closed.
The preschool remained open but the number of COVID cases in our continued to sky rocket so we made the tough decision to keep Raffaello at home. Felicitys does distance learning on the computer with live video lessons for 2.5 hours every morning. It’s a struggle to do the lessons and the homework assigned every afternoon. I am trying to find a balance between school work and play for her. The amount of work assigned to her, for me, is too much for a five and a half year old.
In the midst of all of this, I decided to stop working and focus on a second degree. It was easy to find the time when the children were at school but now with both of them home and Felicity’s distance learning, I am also trying to find the time to study.
I am looking into a somewhat structured preschool day for Raffaello. I am trying to pull together a curriculum in line with the Italian preschool, which is a lot of writing and prewriting activities so he doesn’t fall behind when he goes back but as well of Charlotte Mason nature school ideas because I really believe that children need contact with nature, especially Raffi who has so much energy. Today will be our first day trying this method. I have few prewriting sheets for him to work on, a nature scavenger hunt activity for both kids to do together and a leaf mandala activity to do for art.