Living Arrows 16/52 (2020)

Hello again, how are we all doing on day seventy billion of lockdown? Like a lot of people I think we have good days and bad days, or rather ups and downs every day. We’re plodding on though…. what else can we do really?

School work is a bit of a struggle at the moment, even though I’m only asking the boys to do half an hour of actual ‘work’ at most each day. It’s trick with them both being at different stages, especially as Gabe is only in Reception so he’s used to mostly play based learning. That would be fine but Toby won’t sit down and do written work if I’m doing more play based stuff with Gabe… so you see our problem.

I’m trying not to worry too much, or feel too guilty if they spend most of the day on screens but it’s hard when I think I really should be trying to get them to do more formal learning.

I have a feeling we’ll be in for a hard time when they can finally go back to school too. As much as they both enjoy school when they’re there, neither of them have ever been very enthusiastic about going so I think we’re going to have a lot of resistance when the time comes to go back. I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it though.

We have still managed to get outside for a bit every day, although even their enthusiasm for that has all but disappeared over the last couple of weeks. I took this week’s pictures when we were out in the garden for a bit yesterday. They had been playing on the trampoline but then decided just to do a bit of jumping off a rock in the garden…

Gabe jumping in the garden

We’ve got a cherry tree at the bottom of the garden and as you can see it’s shedding blossom everywhere at the moment. It looks like it’s been snowing!

Toby looking up at the camera

Anyway, I hope you’re all coping OK. I’ll be back next week, hopefully with a slightly more cheery update. And if anyone has any ideas for encouraging a 4 and a 6 year old to be enthusiastic about school work, or at least do some without complaining about it for an hour first then please do let me know!

This is my ninth year taking part in this linky celebrating childhood, based on a poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” .

If you’d like to see the rest of my Living Arrows posts you can find them all here.

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6 thoughts on “Living Arrows 16/52 (2020)

  1. I feel your pain! Monkey is 8 and Kipper 3. Kipper doesn’t do any work as its all play based in nursery and he’s at a forest school. Monkey on the other hand is getting a fair amount of work and pushing back on all of it. Its a complete battle while we are both trying to work. I hope this week just gone has been easier for you.

  2. It’s hard with the school work – I have it easier in that respect as mine are the same age. I think you’ve just got to do whatever you can do and not be too hard on yourself. I’m sure you’re doing a great job 🙂 #livingarrows

  3. I completely feel you with home schooling! I have 3 boys in 3 different year groups and I’m struggling to get them to do anything decent to hand in! It’s always so rushed with mine.

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