Moved In. School Starting. Settling In.
So we're pretty much moved in here at Mom and Dad's and starting to get into a routine. (Please see Complete Change of Plans if you missed my big announcement about our move.) Wow, has it been nice to have four adults around as I'm getting used to being back at work and the girls are checking out their new surroundings. Coming home to a calm environment has sure been pleasant, too! That's not to say there hasn't been adjustments to be made, but that's true anytime you move, really.
I start teaching on Monday. I am super excited, though I do have to say that my classroom configuration is driving me a bit crazy. I wasn't thrilled with the way I set up the desks (see Classroom Set Up), but I compromised with myself. This morning, however, I was reading "The First Days of School" and was reminded why I like rows of desks. It has been proven through statistics and studies that students learn better when they are facing forward and not in groups. Grrr... I think I am going to go in and change back to the rows and try to figure out how to make it work for space.
Over all life is starting to settle down. We still have to spend some time at the townhouse to clean and pack, but that can really be done at any time. We're not in a hurry. Once the girls start school it will be REALLY nice so we can fall into a routine that works for all of us, and life can start to feel normal. This year has been pretty rocky. I'm looking forward to a bit of smooth sailing.