Snowed Under…Not Literally! #MondayBlogs

OMG! I only wish it was real snow that was causing me stress! But if it had been, it wouldn’t be stress, I’d be celebrating a snow day!

SO much going on this week, and the next few, in the run up to Christmas!

I have observations at school, a Toy sale to co-ordinate with my colleague and School councillors, Governors meeting, progress grids to complete, and to top it off ( a nice thing!) a trip to the folks to see them!

This is on top of the usual two classes I teach and family life…

I was even at a course on SATURDAY!

I think the pressure of what is to come resulted in me being rather unwell yesterday with an epic migraine too…

But I am up as usual, and feeling better now!

I just needed sleep and time to recuperate my poor overworked brain!

Seriously Peeps, if you get to that stage, and you have a bad headache/migraine/cold, listen to your body and shut down for a while.

It is telling you that you need rest!

Now it hasn’t miraculously made all the issues go away, but I am rested enough that I can put things into perspective!

So, haveΒ  great Monday all! Off to tackle the first of the tasks!

Homework? Aaaargh!!!!!! #MondayBlogs

 

I am revisiting an older post of mine today purely because yesterday was murder with Lil Princess’s homework! It wasn’t an elaborate project or anything like that, but trying to work on a page full of long multiplication, when a child doesn’t get it… It is tough!

I am not the world’s best mathematician. It was never my strong point, but I am keeping a growth mindset on this one… I will not allow my negative thoughts towards times tables reflect upon my kids!

We worked on it, but blood, sweat and tears were shed whilst completing it!

Enjoy my musings from a few years back!

 

It’s the stuff of nightmares!!!!!

“Yes, the poor children…so much homework, from such a young age…” I hear you chime in alongside me, but do you know what?

I ain’t talking ’bout the kids, its the parents I’m sympathizing with… Actually, not sympathizing with, because I’m one too… We all stand together and scream, “Aaaaaaaarrrrgghhh!” This particular nightmare was meant to have left my life after I finished studying! I didn’t know having kids meant I have to do homework again!!!

Now, I don’t mean your bog standard nightly reading, times tables practice or even spelling, I can cope with that, it’s just…

Every Friday, or every other Friday in Lil Princess’s case, I tentatively open school bags, fearing what piece of paper will float out of there, or what delight is stuck in the ‘Home Learning’ book!

What outlandish piece of research are the children to do this time, then make into a ‘creative, interesting, visual piece of writing/model/leaflet/book…you get my drift!

You know there are parents who don’t bother, theirs are the kids who have to go to homework club shamefully the next week, as they ‘didn’t do it!’

But the thing is, sometimes, this creative homework, though fantastic, and yes it really does help the kids reinforce learning whatever their topic at school, it’s just toooooo much!

I think that this kind of homework is ok once in a while, while kids are still at primary or junior school, up until 11, but every week… It’s almost impossible! What with various after school commitments with the kids, we only really have the weekend ‘free’ to do said homework… And, excuse me if I’m wrong, but shouldn’t weekends be for family time??

Kids are tired after a week of learning, and working as an Educator, I know how much these little tykes are expected to do during their academic day. It’s no wonder they can be cranky little sh*ts after school, especially when younger!

Now some children LOVE homework, I kid you not! Lil Princess begged for some once she saw her brother getting it, and now she does too, she attacks it with relish! But Lil Man, would hide his if he could, he HATES it!

So why am I bothering with this post? Because most if this homework cannot be done by the child alone, they need supervision, and guidance from the parents to do it, and especially with the little projects, it can become a HUGE deal!

If it’s going to be done, you want it done correctly, so it ends up becoming the parents homework, just as much as the child’s!

Hands up who’s guilty of becoming demon mum/dad trying to get your child’s homework just right.. I know I can be like that, but I do make sure the kids are doing it, not me… It’s just I have to oversee EVERYTHING!!!!!

It would be a personal slight if he/she handed in anything sub standard… And as we line up on Monday morning, and you see other parents, the smug faces of those who have done their child’s homework too, I mean who’s CHILDREN have done their homework, is apparent!

Large flashy models, or very elaborate posters, whatever was asked for, are brandished by the children…

Just can’t wait for next week. What mark did I get…? Sorry, I mean what mark did my child get…?!

Thursday Thought – #Meditate

“Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess, just breathe and have faith that everything will work out for the best.” – www.dailyinspirationalquotes.in

My mum told me last night to have a chamomile tea to relax myself.

I know it’s meant to help, but what won’t help is the need for me to rush to the toilet in the middle of the night, ruining the full night’s sleep that I hoped to get! Especially after the last few nights!

And so I did what my Pops always tells me to do.

Sit back, empty your mind and breathe.

Inhale through the mouth, and exhale completely, slowly. If you wish to make it a meditation, you can chant something that calms you. Breathe in this way for 5-10 minutes and empty your mind of everything else. Concentrate on the breath entering and leaving your body. The vibrations of the chant will sooth your brain.

Many people automatically use the word “Om”.

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We say, “Waheguru”.

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And so before bed, that is what I did.

I have woken up fresh, ready to handle the dreaded observation today. I know what my capabilities are. I can only hope my team are on side and able to support me and the children in the way I really would like them to. It’s all in the hands of ‘Them’ now!

Who knows when I get my feedback. but I’l be glad when this afternoon is over, I can tell you that!!!

Thanks for all the good wishes though, your words have given me more confidence!

Luck and Love Peeps!

Damn! Morning Relapse!

I knew it was too good to be true..

Two nights in a row, with no late night Lil Princess shaped visitor, then came night three, and BAM! There she was again!

Just about managed to rouse her, with the bribe of her school trip today (she is very excited!) but did she eat like a speed train, and is she already changed and ready to go?

Not a chance!

Well, to be honest the last two mornings, though she slept in the correct place, she was still Lady Slow Coach when it came to eating and getting dressed, but the lure of Leeds Castle today was meant to make her

a) stay in her bed
b) make her leap out in the morning
c) encourage her to eat up, nice and quick
d) change like the speed of light

And generally be ready by 8…

So now we had no TV on, no talking, and STILL, she is there, excited, yes, but unable to do two things at once! Wants to talk about the most random things, (she is the Queen of Random!) yet can’t dress at the same time!! I really need to get her initiated into the female are of multitasking ASAP!!

It’s past 8, again, I have time to write a post because of her tardiness, and I have yet to do her hair!!!

Thank God for that morning cuppa, is all I can say!

Happy Thursday, and remember, Friday is only a few hours away!!!!!!!!

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