School’s Out, Now What?

It’s been a little while since I last wrote a blog post. I blame it on the time of year, the end of the school year here in Arizona. I always struggle to stay on top of things, from exercising to getting errands done, during the last week that my kids are in school. This year in particular caught me off guard because I am spending time reflecting on how the kids have grown and changed so much this year.

Chiricahua National Monument

Middle School Fun

My daughter is finishing up the sixth grade at the small liberal arts charter school my son decided not to attend. She loves it! I am very grateful that we followed our instincts and took a chance moving her to a new school last year. She could have stayed at the lovely Montessori school my boys attend and she would have been just fine, but this year has shown me how much she needed the change in learning environment. I am amazed at how much she has learned and how well she adapted to a new learning environment. We followed our instincts in moving her and it worked out. Phew!

And Just Like That, I Have a High Schooler

Tomorrow night my oldest has his 8th grade graduation ceremony. I’ve written before about how we’ve been weighing high school options. He is deciding between our large neighborhood public school and a smaller charter school that offers a liberal arts curriculum. He’s pretty much made the decision and I am happy that we let him take the time come his to decision. There was not one moment or one particular pro or con that led to his final decision but a series of events and discoveries that moved him to choose our neighborhood public school. He’ll be in the Desert Vista High School Class of 2023!

Three Kids, Three Different Schools

I knew this day was coming, I will soon have an elementary aged kiddo, a middle schooler, and a high schooler. The difference in ages and stages of development is the greatest it’s ever been. I now see how this school year has been a year of transition for all of us. I’ve had a difficult time planning family activities and outings. I tried to plan some fun summer learning activities like I always do but…I don’t know what to do. My high schooler doesn’t want to make designs with pattern blocks and my little doesn’t want to learn to code…never mind that my daughter has completely different interests than the boys even though they all like science.

Hoping for a few summer adventures.

What Are We Doing This Summer?

I found a one week camp for my oldest. I can’t believe I found something that matches his interests so well AND that he agreed to attend. He’ll be going to the Digital Culture Summer Institute at Arizona State University.

” ASUโ€™s Digital Culture program to engage your artistic and technical sides in a series of short, project-focused courses. Topics include code for games, design thinking, autonomous vehicles, video editing, augmented reality, digital sound design, 3d modeling, beat making, digital fabrication, animation, and more “

I haven’t found anything for my other kids yet. I like for all the kids to have a break from school learning and from the rushing around of the school year. Summer is the perfect time for boredom and hobbies. My daughter and I might take a watercolor class together and my little guy will likely go a music camp that is 5 minutes from our house. This is all I have planned so far. A small effort to to break up the lazy summer days.

What are your summer plans?

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Maria Arana

Hi, I am Maria, a mom to three wonderful kiddos. My family and I live in Phoenix, Arizona. We love the beauty of the desert southwest. I am a former primary teacher and elementary math coach. I love to encourage my children to follow their interests and passions. At Guided Learning Studio, I offer private personalized lessons and enrichment classes. Tutoring services are best for families seeking long-term educational support over a semester or school-year.

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