printable neighborhood – back to school

This week’s printable house is much more than a house—it’s an entire pint-sized school! I don’t know about you, but this time of year it seems extra hard to get my daughter out of bed and on her way each morning. We’ve also run into the “honeymoon” dilemma. She switched to full days at school in January which she thought was super-exciting at first: new work, lunch with friends, and extra recess, oh my! But now that the newness has worn off, the honeymoon is over, and she spent the last two weeks crying every morning.

Why is she crying? She’s given many, many reasons that make the utmost of sense to a 5-year-old. Sometimes it’s missing her mom and dad or hating the long days or being just too hungry all afternoon. But in the end, I think it’s just the permanency of the change. To be honest with you, I’m struggling with her long days too. A year ago I was waiting with bated breath for this new schedule: more time to get work done sounded like just what I needed on my busy freelance days. But now that it’s here, I’m realizing it’s truly the end of an era.

Full-days at school means no more picnic lunches together on a blanket in the living room, no more afternoon craft sessions, no more quick play dates with our other little friends and their moms. No more last-minute movie matinees or random trips to the grocery store together. We’re both feeling lonely. We’ll adjust over time, I know. In the meantime, my goal right now is to figure out our new routine. Hopefully it’s one that allows for us to have some mommy-daughter fun together again!

Printable House Instructions:

  1. Download and print.
  2. Cut out your school along its edges.
  3. Fold all of the creases before getting out the glue.
  4. Then, with a glue stick, glue a couple tabs at a time, assembling as you go. Start at the inside corner of the building and work towards the final side tab.
  5. Cut and glue the top section separately, then attach to the main building by lining the edges up with the dotted lines.
  6. Enjoy!


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