As we approach the end of the summer term in England, its tempting to feel like this is the home stretch towards a brighter reality without the weight of home learning hanging around our necks.
I’m bracing myself though, for that being totally unrealistic.
After the end of term comes school holidays. Not holidays from work, or not immediately. Instead, it’ll be business as usual work wise for me and himself. Except that the boys will still be in the house with nothing to focus them, no routine of maths at 9am and literacy at 11am, no feeling of accomplishment each day when they complete some work or master a new concept. They’re going to be bored, they’re going to complain about being bored and they’re probably going to miss their regular spurts of intense parental attention. We’re probably going to crumble in the first week and let them have loads of screen time to keep them quiet while we work – but we know that the consequence of that will be poor behaviour, grumpiness and strops about little things.
Have you got any ideas for projects they could do, mostly independently?
For me the home stretch doesn’t end next Friday with the end of term. It’ll be two weeks after that when, hopefully (please!), we’ll be off to visit my in laws and my parents for a week each. Not the summer holiday we’d planned but I hope that it’ll happen and it’ll be respite for everyone. We’ll get a much-needed change of scenery and our parents will get an equally-needed change of company.
We’ll pack up the truck and launch our longed-for road trip, getting away from the house and work and learning for a glorious fortnight of family and adventures.
After our break though, it’ll be back to work with the boys trying to keep amused in the house. Usually they’d be in holiday clubs, but those are cancelled. Himself’s work will still be running Zoom teaching sessions but they require set up and so timings can be delicate. Maybe a couple each week for each of the boys will help.
New September Term
Just like the end of term isn’t going to result in reaching the light at the end of the tunnel. I don’t think there’s a longer home stretch towards the schools going back in September. Maybe I’m being a pessimist and that’s not like me. The thing is, I don’t think they’ll be able to accommodate all pupils in school all the time. They aren’t all going to be back full time, I just don’t see how it can happen.
I have no idea how the schools are going to come up with a solution to teaching all year groups on site at least part time. Maybe it’ll be mornings for half the kids and afternoons for the other half? Maybe two days for some and a different two days for the others? If that’s how it goes, I really really hope our boys are in at the same times.
I’m not feeling that the new term is going to be the end of this horror of working and supporting home learning at the same time. Its just not. It might be better, it might be more complicated split between home and school. Its not going to alleviate the current stresses we’re all feeling.
Honestly, I’m dreading it. I’m spread really thin as it is and the autumn is an even busier time at work than the last two months have been. Something’s going to have to give somewhere.
I’m not normally all doom and gloom like this, but I just need to get my feelings of trepidation out.
What are you worrying about as term comes to an end? or looking further towards the new term?