In previous years as the school holidays ended I’ve had a horrible empty feeling as I prepared the boys for going back to school. I always grudged giving up so much time with my sons, especially when deep down I thought I could be doing more for them. This year has been the polar opposite! I was really excited about starting Home Education once more. There was no school uniform shopping and, even better, NO SCHOOL SHOE SHOPPING! Instead Mr GG and I were preparing workbooks and sorting out work areas for the boys. Our return to HE was delayed by a week due to a very inconvenient bug deciding to knock my family down one by one but we’ve all rallied and work successfully began on Monday.
There aren’t really words for how proud I am of these three boys. They’ve taken to the new curriculum so well. They’re enjoying getting out for a mid-morning walk to stretch our legs and get some fresh air before getting stuck back into the rest of the day’s work.
We’ve still several wee kinks to iron out. Last year we tended to keep Fridays free for trips and things. This year I’d love to do the same but, for the first few weeks at least, I’m planning that we work a bit more until we all (including me) get used to the new set up.
As a mum of three I find it hard sometimes to get one to one time with the boys. Yes, I spend time with them at home but there’s always noise and interruptions … time alone, time to chat, time to laugh and just spend time together … that can be hard. So, I’ve decided to take advantage of the days Mr GG works from home and take the opportunity to go out with one of the boys a week. This week it was Son No3 … we went to a local garden centre (he wants a Venus Flytrap) and had snack there. It was a real treat … for me at least!
The latest Tinker Crate arrived a couple of weeks ago … it’s so hard not to push my way in and take over, they look so much fun. This one was a glowing pendulum … so clever! Son No3 really enjoyed building it and was fascinated with how it worked. Great box! We’ve still got a mechanical bird to build but when we started it the blueprint was missing … a wee email to the company got that sorted quickly enough but we’ve just not had the opportunity to build it yet. I wonder what will be next!
Not content with allowing us a week to focus on HE, there’s been drama in the chicken coop … Minnie the Minx has gone broody. She’s, mostly, a happy broody chook but she growls if Ivy or Beryl go near here when she’s sitting on the eggs she’s gathered. I have to admit, though, it gives me the fear when she stares at me as move her to get the eggs from under her … fortunately Mr GG is usually here to do it for me! I’m really hoping the broodiness doesn’t last too long … but maybe if she or one of the others is broody next year I’ll be able to persuade Mr GG to let us get some fertilised eggs for her to sit on. To be fair, she’s not too bad … once we turf her out of the nesting box and gather the eggs we close the coop to stop the temptation for her to go back in and carry on nesting (on nothing) … she’s quite happy to potter about as usual during the day and when the coop is opened again late afternoon/early evening she doesn’t rush straight back in.
So, the first week of our first full academic year is over. We’ve all survived. We’re all smiling. We’re all happy with how the week has gone. We’re all VERY glad it’s the weekend! For now though, I’m sitting back with a chocolate chip cookie and a cuppa, enjoying listening to the (generally) happy chatter as the boys play and discuss some new game that Son No1 has just bought.
Until next week folks …