And that concludes all of that.

In March 2021 our family up and left the Queen City in pursuit of life in eastern North Carolina where the schools were open and the ocean was near. We closed on our new house March 17 and with signed contract in hand went straight to the local public school to provide proof of residency and get these kids registered for school. Madison and Cole were super excited to be heading to school for second grade and kindergarten respectively.

When I finished getting everything filled out the sweet office administrator asked “did you want them to start tomorrow?” Um, YES!!!! What supplies will they need? Do you need any other supplies for any other teachers/grades? Tell me what you need and it’ll be here tomorrow morning. Whatever it is. She gave me a brief list of supplies they’d need when they got there the next day and I went straight to Wal-Mart. Book bags, pencils, erasers, glue sticks, crayons, composition notebooks. Got it all.

After a good night’s sleep our kids got to school on time March 18 (exactly 1 year since schools had closed in our former city). They were only in school 7 weeks before the end of the school year, but they learned a lot and met some great friends.

I’ll add that Cole has been in summer school this summer because I obviously suck as a homeschool kindergarten teacher. I have no idea how to teach letters, phonics, shapes, or anything really to a 6 year old that only wants to fish, make werewolf traps and eat. But he’s ending summer school this week being able to sing the ABC song (which he could not do 12 weeks ago). He knows all of his letters by sight and sound and I praise the Lord Jesus in heaven he is actually starting to sound out words. We’ve been reading every night and in the past week he’s been starting to try to do some reading on his own and I could just cry after the year we’ve had. Madison on the other hand has read like 3 books already this summer and is really getting into the Babysitters Club.

I’m excited for the remainder of the summer living along the Neuse River. Swimming, boating, fishing, crabbing. We’ve had the best time since we got to eastern NC and I’m looking forward to many more sweet memories here, but I’m not writing about homeschooling ever again.

About Bartlett Academy

Bartlett Academy was established in response to a very real need that arose from public schools in our area closing to in-person instruction and leaving working parents the dual role of working and supporting hands-on education for our children. Our local public school system set an expectation of 4 hours of synchronous and 2 hours of asynchronous learning each day for all students K-12. This one-size fits all approach is unmanageable for most working parents and young elementary school-aged children like mine. 

We termed our little learning sessions early in quarantine Bartlett Academy as a fun way to brand our approach to learning in the context of living our day-to-day lives. In my first post about Bartlett Academy I said “Welcome to Bartlett Academy where we believe in the power of independence, life-long learning, fun, and compassion for our community.” I believe those ideals to still be fundamental to our approach this upcoming school year.

Goals for this academic year include:

1. Strengthen our family bonds fostering trust, respect and love.

2. Both children end the school year having achieved all developmentally appropriate milestones for their respective grades.

3. The process of learning and growing be fun.

4. Ensure obligations at work and home are met with special attention being paid to how time is spent and the return on investment to our family.

5. Complete at least 1 social responsibility project each month.

January 2019 Podcast Recap

I’m committed to becoming greater in every way in 2019. Caring more about the things that matter (to me), being more present in the now, letting the small things go, leveling up…to name a few of my priorities for the year. I’ve been listening to all of the podcasts. Here’s a quick rundown of the 6 most meaningful podcasts to me so far this year.
(Note: Some of these weren’t published in January, but that’s when I got to listen.)

  1. Ed Mylett Show – The Secret to How I get 21 Days a Week! (January 28, 2019)
  2. Rise – Daily Habits that Change the Game with Brendon Burchard (#75)
  3. The School of Greatness – Jay Shetty: Small Changes for Lasting Results (January 15, 2019)
  4. The Brendon Show – Best Of: The Power of Perspective (Season 5-Episode 41)
  5. Rise Together – You Can’t Grow Unless You Fail (#30)
  6. Earn Your Happy – Use This to Keep Going When You Want to Quit (Episode 309)

Thankful for you

In this season of Thanksgiving I want to thank you, the readers of my blog. While this blog is still so new, you take the time to read it and give your thoughts and feedback on the content. More content will be coming in 2019 as we start rolling out series of content with a common theme and I hope you’ll stay tuned for that. In the meantime, I hope that you take the time to count all your many blessings and tell those near and far how thankful you are for their contributions to your life. Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours.