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This is a summary for McKenna from 7 years to 7.25 years old.
Eating is great. She eats well. She likes healthy foods. This is an area of her life we just don’t ever have to think twice about.
She continued to get not the ideal amount of sleep for most of this time. A couple of months in this period was during school. Once summer hit, I let her sleep in and didn’t need to get her up each day for school. As that went on, she started to naturally sleep in to 8-9 AM rather than waking by 7 AM. McKenna has always liked waking in the 8-9 AM hour. Once that happened, her contradicting instincts calmed down and she didn’t argue everything anymore.
Playing is good. She plays well with others.
Shortly after this time period started, McKenna began to say she was sick almost every day. This was very odd behavior. She was trying to be able to stay home from school. Pretending to be sick constantly is a big red flag for a child being bullied at school. I highly doubted she was being bullied because A) she is only in first grade, and while that can happen, it is rare and B) she just isn’t the personality type to get bullied. Never-the-less, I obviously knew there was something driving her to pretend to be sick, and I set to work to figure out what it was.
In the end, I figured out that she had two students in her class who got into trouble daily. This stressed her out in a major way. I found this interesting. Brayden is a type who is more, “Well, you broke the rules so you deserved to get in trouble.” Kaitlyn feels sad for people and that is apparent in her personality. I never expected it of McKenna. But she internalizes any time someone gets into trouble. As I came to this realization, I noticed she does it at home, too. If a sibling gets in trouble, she gets upset.
So it was stressing her out to be at school each day with these children getting into trouble. We talked it out, and talking about it helped. It obviously didn’t change if the students got into trouble, but her being able to talk about it helped a lot. I don’t think she really understood what was bothering her until we talked about it, which is very normal for children.
School ended well. She did well in school and enjoyed it. She was very excited for a break, however, and to not go to school all day every day. It was definitely tiring for her to be in school full day. I am hoping she will be more used to it as a second grader.
McKenna played soccer during that time. That is a sport she really enjoys. She also did piano and swimming lessons during the school year. She had her piano recital and did very well with her songs. She had gymnastics for the school year and did cheer for one month of this period.
Once summer came, she did not want to do anything extra other than swimming lessons. At the end of this period, she passed off her last thing for swimming lessons–dives. She was excited to finish it all off! She will still be coached, but just to improve her skills. She did also practice with Kaitlyn’s competitive soccer team and practiced with some of her friends, also. But she stopped all other activities. She was ready for a break!
She did take a summer dance camp of musical theatre dance. She loved it so much she will be stopping cheer this next year and doing a musical theatre dance class all school year.
McKenna’s summer book fetish has been Junie B. Jones.
7:00 AM–wake up. Eat breakfast. Get ready. Do morning chores. Read scriptures. Practice piano.
9:00 AM–school starts
4:00 PM–home from school. Homework. Then free play.
5:30 PM–Dinner. Then time with family.
7:00 PM Start getting ready for bed.
8:00 PM–in bed
During the days, we did chores (I increase the number of chores done during summer months since they are home more), get ready for the day, practice piano, practice reading, independent play, SSR, free play, and family time each day.
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