Trying to find time to write my blog posts is harder then I expected! I may have to do this as a weekly thing, then stuff in between will be random bits. Anyway here’s how our Isolation Days 4 and 5 were like.
It was a slow start to the day, the children haven’t been getting up early which is fine in my eyes. I forgot to put the bin out, so I was wide awake at 7am as the bin men decided to collect bins on my road an hour early! Thankfully they emptied our bin and I got to enjoy a cup of tea for an hour in peace. The kids came downstairs for breakfast which was waffles with either marmalade or Nutella. My daughter has been reading Paddington Bear, so suddenly she loves marmalade!
Then it was time for some Maths work. Both did very well and only needed a little bit of my help. They then did a bit of English work as well as some Science. Once again we missed Joe Wick! However Just Dance saved the day and we got our groove on, myself included! My son wants to master his favourite song in Extreme mode. I wish him all the best, because even I find Extreme songs bloody hard!
Afterwards we chilled out as a family, had dinner and watched Gravity Falls. I decided to get Disney+ to keep us all sane. I’m a Disney nut and I’ve been slowly turning my kitchen in to a Disney Kitchen. Maybe I’ll get to work on that and show it on my blog? We’ll see!
Another late morning for us, me included. We are just not feeling any reason to leave the bed, but after the third alarm from my phone, I got my butt out of bed. However, it was Universal Credit Pay Day! I’ll probably do a write-up on Universal Credit, as many people are now joining the new system. Put it simple… I wouldn’t wish my own worst enemy to have to deal with Universal Credit.
I had some washing to hang outside. The children helped, one sorted through the wet clothes and the other handed me pegs. Nothing too exciting, but they now understand clothes don’t magically appear in their wardrobe all fresh by themselves.
Microsoft have made all their Minecraft educational maps FREE until 31st June. This is all types of platforms, not just PC and Xbox, so check them out! We recommend the International Space Station.
Both children were feeling pretty glum, neither of them wanted to do any work of any kind. I tried to push it, but as the saying goes “you can lead to horse to water, but you can’t make it drink”. So I said after lunch we can go on a walk to get some exercise. I had an idea in mind.
Our town has a lot of history. Our church dates back to the 900s AD. We also have an old Beck where there’s a sign from the council, telling people what this was originally. We enjoyed seeing the ducks and my children read the information about the Beck. My secret plan was working. Then we took off to the old church. They spotted how one half of church was different to the rest, so we took photos and asked local people for information via Facebook. They will be putting all their findings together in their home journals.
See what I did there? They actually learnt stuff! The thing about Home Education is you can easily learn from doing day-to-day things. I know this isolating is hard on us all. My daughter is a social butterfly and in the night woke up saying she misses her friends and her teachers. We’re lucky to have online system where teachers and class mates can speak to one another, so she emailed her teacher and this calmed her down. You don’t need a timetable, you don’t need to follow the government’s curriculum, you certainly don’t have to worry about OFSTED! Enjoy every moment, take photographs and one day they can look back on all this and thank you for all your hard work.