Another Monday and the start of another school at home week. I make that Week 38. That’s a lot of weeks. Funny thing is that it doesn’t feel like 38 weeks. Somedays it feels like only a couple of months. Other days it seems like years.

In all probability during the early part of 2021 it will be a full year of schooling at home. That wasn’t really in the plan.

It has really all felt a bit hit and miss. Some good bits and some not so good bits. Lots of frustrations. But equally lots of laughs. Some subjects where the teaching is working. Others where after 38 weeks it is still a complete waste of time. But that’s thing. With having to stick to the school curriculum we don’t have much scope to change things. We are dependent on the school making changes. But they have to stick to the national curriculum.

But over those 38 weeks we have settled into a rhythm. Parent and Son. No need to set the alarm as we just naturally wake up at the right time. No real pressure if Hawklad starts a few minutes early or late. No need to think about breaks or food. They kind of just happen. We know which lessons will work and which won’t. If we don’t have an item for a lesson we now know how to wing it. We are not surprised by the lack of feedback. Hawklad doesn’t panic now if a teacher forgets about him. I get on with stuff until I’m needed to help out. The school week just happens now.

True homeschooling did feel daunting now it feels very doable. Tough but something we can cope with. But Week 38 also marks a dangerous time. That’s a lot of weeks of emailing and phoning school. Trying to make improvements to the teaching. Make it more tailored to Hawklad. Am I starting to take my eye off the ball. Not pushing the school as much. Maybe week 38 is time to refocus and start again. Or maybe it’s just going to be another one of those weeks. If I was a betting man I would put my money on the latter. It just feels that way.

38 thoughts on “Start again

  1. I can’t believe it has been this long either. We had Thanksgiving home alone and reminded the kids it was fine – we did it at Easter. Realizing we were in the same boat 8 months later blew their minds. Such a crazy time!

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  2. Wow. Congratulations. Sounds to me like you are figuring things out. See? It’s a matter of knowing best how he works and working with him.πŸ™‚ We are now back in that boat, as predicted, except our school has kept the doors open to the special needs students to come in and still work with their paras, leaving that open for my daughter to “see her people” as she puts it. Meaning, thankfully, my energies can go more easily to my youngest boy. He is kind of one of those borderline kids. They can’t find enough to classify him but we all know he has his own unique pace he works at that must be accommodated for (Read:stay very present throughout his workday, directing him to task often, gauging how often he needs a “wiggle break”. 😁).

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  3. Time is even more slippery this year than it was before. Some days are years long and some days fly by.
    We just keep putting one foot in front of the other and doing the best we can.πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ’ŒπŸ’ŒπŸ’Œ

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  4. I’m glad you both have gotten into a rhythm with schooling. We can do so much more than we think we can. Humans are highly adaptable creatures and you are no exception! Good work. Xx

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  5. Still looking for that image of the bloke, with the whip on his desk. Scrolling, scrolling, scrolling, scrolling, and looking at the smaller image, before opening the blog post, it looks like the pole is wearing hoop earrings. Yes bonkers and yes enjoying some procrastination. Now where is that image? Scroll, scroll…

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