Isolation Update & Homeschooling Timetable
Yesterday, schools in the UK were closed 'indefinitely', our children were sent home and nobody knows when they will go back. I was looking forward to the girls and Jude being home, time together for the 5 of us is precious and we intend to make the most of it. Today however, I got the first inkling of how painful the next few weeks (or months) will be. Due to the nature of my mum's job, we haven't been able to see her for the past couple of weeks. Now that the girls are off, we have to self-isolate for 14 days and then we should be able to see my mum again. As grateful as I am to live 30 minutes away from her, the fact that I usually see her multiple times a week makes this even harder for us. The girls get upset when they see her on FaceTime, but it is better than nothing! I know most of you are going through the same thing- we have to keep reminding ourselves and our children that this is temporary- God doesn't give us anything we can't handle.
I'm the kind of person who needs a bit of structure and a daily routine and as soon as good old Boris made the announcement regarding the school closure last Wednesday, I set about drafting a "relaxed" homeschooling timetable for the girls (PDF link at the bottom of this post). I am not a qualified teacher but aren't most of us teachers of some shape or form to our children?
We won't be following the timetable stringently to the minute, I will take the girls lead and see how our day goes. I think it's a balanced timetable with a mixture of learning, practical tasks, outdoor play and fun and I feel that my girls need to keep their brains engaged and switched on.