It’s the Easter Holidays…but don’t let the kids know or they’ll do even less work than normal

Apparently it’s now the Easter Holidays. Nobody in our house knows this, because I haven’t told them. I figured Eric doesn’t need to an excuse to shirk schoolwork; he’s been shirking it ever since Lockdown started, so I’m carrying on as normal. Not that the word ‘normal’ means all that much anymore, but still. The novelty of homeschooling, which let’s be honest was already starting … Continue reading It’s the Easter Holidays…but don’t let the kids know or they’ll do even less work than normal

Week Two of homeschooling and we’re all still friends…most of the time

Can you believe a week has already passed since Operation Lockdown kicked off? Is it just me or does this homeschooling malarkey feel like it’s been dragging on for years? Being caged up in the house with two ‘lively’ (delinquent) kids and my partner has taught me many things – not least how to swear out of the windows so my children won’t hear me … Continue reading Week Two of homeschooling and we’re all still friends…most of the time

Skateboards, books and a smidgen of maths: Day Five of Homeschooling and Eric finally picks up his school activity pack

Remember when you were at nipper and on the last day of term you could take your board games into school? That’s the kind of theme we adopted on Day Five of homeschooling. I suspect this may be a theme we adopt numerous times before the lockdown in over. But Eric did complete three (yes, THREE) worksheets from him school activity pack. Here’s how we … Continue reading Skateboards, books and a smidgen of maths: Day Five of Homeschooling and Eric finally picks up his school activity pack

Day Four: How Skittles and virtual peer pressure made homeschooling a whole lot easier

Today’s my birthday. Eric and Bear were planning to wake me up with breakfast in bed and a homemade card. They must have got distracted because I didn’t wake up to either. They did ask me if I would make their breakfast, which I guess is near enough. Fortunately, my partner is more thoughtful and brought me a coffee in bed. This was probably to … Continue reading Day Four: How Skittles and virtual peer pressure made homeschooling a whole lot easier

YouTube, mud and Billy Ray Cyrus: Day Three of homeschooling is a hit

Today’s ‘learning’ was heavily dependent on technology – namely YouTube. I didn’t feel too bad, because I did throw in a couple of activities that involved human interaction. Also, I’ve booked tomorrow off work and will therefore have a full day to dedicate to one-on-one learning. Or maybe I’ll just drink wine in the garden, who knows. If you’re finding it exhausting to find ways … Continue reading YouTube, mud and Billy Ray Cyrus: Day Three of homeschooling is a hit

Lessons in the graveyard, calls to the cops and other learnings from Day Two of homeschooling

As predicted, Day Two of homeschooling was much more sedate. This was largely due to me being exhausted from Day One. It’s hard work keeping small people fed, watered and amused AND doing ‘grown-up’ work at the same time, as I’m sure parents everywhere are now discovering (once again teachers, I salute you). But education is important, which is why I pulled out all the … Continue reading Lessons in the graveyard, calls to the cops and other learnings from Day Two of homeschooling

Nerf maths, literacy lunches and other things that got us through Day One of homeschooling

Coronavirus. It’s making adults anxious and sending the nation nuts in the supermarket aisles. Death tolls are rising and the country is on lockdown. Just think how all this stress is playing out in the mind of a child. I’m conscious that I need to provide my six-year old, Eric, with heaps of reassurance, love and attention as we all struggle to get to grips … Continue reading Nerf maths, literacy lunches and other things that got us through Day One of homeschooling