Friday 3 April 2020

Home Schooling For Dummies*: Another Week Survived

*Me, the parent, not the kid

If you're home-schooling because of the Coronavirus lockdown, give yourself another pat on the back, because we've done it again - we survived another week!

The second half of last week was tough, but I've found it a bit easier this week and there haven't been any school-related meltdowns (though we still have this afternoon to get through, so I hope I haven't just jinxed myself). We've been a bit more relaxed this week, which has helped, and I've decided to only work in the mornings, while Isobel's dad is on 'duty', and I'm finding this approach less stressful. It means I'm only getting half the work done that I normally would - and I know I'm lucky that I can choose to do this - but I was finding it a struggle to concentrate on the two things at once.

Another thing that has helped this week is the promise of the Easter holidays. We just have to get through this afternoon and then we have two weeks off from home-schooling. I don't think I've ever looked forward to the school holidays more!

After the holidays, I'm going to try to be even more relaxed with this home-schooling thing. At the weekend, I was stressing because the school hadn't updated the home-school work on the website for the following week. In the end, I made up my own projects, based on the maths and reading tasks from the week before, plus some Easter-themed tasks I either downloaded from the Twinkl website or made myself. And then, on Monday morning, guess what was there? A new set of work for the week! (I still stuck with my Easter work, because I'd already printed quite a few things out, plus it had taken me AGES to make an Easter-themed crossword!)

So, lesson learned for me: chill out. Being super-organised helped during the first week when we didn't know how this was all going to work, but nothing bad is going to happen if Isobel isn't sat with her schoolwork at 9am on Monday morning.

How have you found home-schooling so far? And, on a scale of one to ten, how much are you looking forward to the school holidays?

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