Homework | {1500 Miles, 1 Image}

My daughter’s school is, unfortunately, somewhat notorious for its homework. Most days we get through it just fine, but some days it can be a challenge. The good news is, she is learning a lot this year. One thing I have enjoyed watching her learn is Mandarin. It’s so interesting to see her writing in Mandarin and speaking some Mandarin. Also, the Mandarin homework is generally pretty mild, and that’s a bonus!

March has snuck up on me! Soon it will be Spring Break, and that means a week without homework! Yay!

See what Melisa’s kids’ homework looks like here.

After School | {1500 Miles, 1 Image}

We are balancing out last week’s post by visiting what after school looks like this week.

Our  routine goes something like this: we almost always talk on the phone with my mom after school for about 15-20 minutes. I then give my daughter until about 4:15 to do whatever she likes. Then we start homework. Each week we get a homework packet on Monday, and all of the assignments are due on Friday (with the exception of math, which is about 20-25 problems due the next day). I really love this system because we can get most of the homework done early in the week and then just have the math to finish every night. By nature, my daughter is probably more of a procrastinator than I am, but we are working on that!

After homework, we have dinner, take a shower, watch TV, read and then go to bed. And that’s pretty much our after school routine! I’m looking forward to a week off next week for Thanksgiving!

Click here to find out what Melisa’s after school time looks like.  I’m sure it’s busy!

Back to School | {1500 Miles, 1 Image}

We’ve been back at school for a few weeks now, and we are definitely settling into a routine. Gone are the lazy summer days of sleeping in; we now get up before 6 and leave for school while it’s still dark. We have a nice view of the moon in the morning and I see the sunrise on my way home from drop-off. Although this early morning rising is not my natural inclination, I do find that it’s nice to be up early. I feel more productive when my day starts early and it’s actually  cool now outside in the mornings which is so nice! I’ve been going for some walks after I drop her off and I can get to the gym earlier in the day during the school year too.

You might recall I was very nervous about sending her to a new school, but it is going really well so far. My daughter has adjusted nicely to her new school and made some friends. Drop-off and pickup are going smoother and she is always happy in the afternoon when I pick her up, despite a long day of learning. Her school is challenging her, but so far even homework has only been a minor battle. I guess we are in that sweet spot of getting into routine, but also still being excited for the new school year.

I hope the school year is going well so far for all of you!

Melisa’s daughter just started school yesterday! Head over to her post to see what back to school means for them.