Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Back to life, back to reality...

January 1st to January 10th 2007

Well, that’s a bad start to the year – just been way too busy to blog. We have been really busy with doing stuff for groups, writing our annual report for the local authority, and preparing for another meeting with someone from the LA to discuss their (lack of) policy on contact with home educators. Reading the hundreds of emails a day on the lists is rather eating up our evenings too. The kids have been using the computer a lot recently too, so much so that we’ve even talked about getting a second one.

Our somewhat punishing schedule of commitments now looks like this - A and B weeks alternate. (This is more for our records than anyone else’s interest!)

Week A

Monday
D to work – morning
P to Kid’s Club
A and L to MMs group
P to grandmothers’ – afternoon
L to Woodcraft – evening
Tuesday
D to work all day
P to Squeezebox – afternoon
Wednesday
D to work – morning
A to work – afternoon and evening
L to squeezebox – afternoon
L and P to capoeira – afternoon
Thursday
A cleaning job – morning
P to Kids’ Club – morning
L to grandmothers – morning and afternoon
A to work – afternoon and evening
P to yoga – afternoon
P to woodcraft – evening
Friday
D to work all day
A, L and P to home ed group twice a month
Saturday
A to work - afternoon
Sunday
A to work - afternoon

Week B

Monday

D to work – morning
P to Kid’s Club
A and L to MMs group
P to grandmothers’ – afternoon
A to work - afternoon and evening
L to Woodcraft – evening
Tuesday
D to work all day
P to Squeezebox – afternoon
Wednesday
D to work – morning
A to work – afternoon and evening
L to squeezebox – afternoon
L and P to capoeira – afternoon
Thursday
A cleaning job – morning
P to Kids’ Club – morning
L to grandmothers – morning and afternoon
A to work – afternoon and evening
P to yoga – afternoon
P to woodcraft – evening
Friday
D to work all day
A, L and P to home ed group twice a month
Saturday
A miracle – a family day off
Sunday
A to work - afternoon

This schedule has built up over time and it is perfectly possible, as long as we don’t over commit ourselves in terms of work, either for the groups we belong to, or with other stuff. I am feeling the pinch when it comes to arranging play dates for the kids and fitting in semi regular stuff like swimming and library. I get tired a lot because when I work afternoon and evenings I don’t finish until 8pm but I still try to fit in a full evening’s computer time – so that’s just my fault!

So, apart from the re-starting of our schedule, what have we been up to? We all went swimming together last Friday evening to a lovely, quiet family session. We had the pool to ourselves for about fifteen minutes, with two life guards for the four of us!

Pearlie has gobbled up the first in the Elizabethan ‘Lady Grace’ mysteries by Patricia Finney, and passed it on to Leo, who seems to be enjoying it too. I brought home a video from work tonight about Tudor life that looks quite good.

Leo has also read the first of the ‘Muddle earth’ books, and we’ve been enjoying some more ‘Free Lance’ stories as well. They are a bit sexist and unnecessarily gory, but they are quite good to read aloud.

Leo and Dani launched a very successful rocket in the back garden – using bicarb and vinegar, an old water bottle, a cork, string, tissue paper, cling film and a flower pot!

Pearlie has been enjoying ‘The Map Detectives – Urban Mystery’, which was one of her Christmas presents from us. I haven’t had a chance to look at it in detail but from what I have seen it looks very impressive. Pearlie likes it that she gets to ‘go to’ places in London that she knows well, like Kew Gardens.

The eagle-eyed may have spotted that Leo has now started going to Squeezebox again. He is having some one to one lessons in keyboard, so get his skills and confidence a bit better established before he tries another band. I’m really impressed that he’s giving it another go.

Pearlie Heelys around with glee! Dani has just (at 10pm!) got the kids home from a big tenth birthday party for a home ed friend, where P was enjoying the chance to Heely in a big hall.

Pearl recently sent an email to the Environmental health and licensing bit of the council to ask if Leo should have a licence to sell his ‘corner chronicles’ on the doorstep! They replied that they were ‘unable to help due to his age’. That wasn’t much of answer but it was nice of them to reply.

Pearl is also very pleased with the subscription to Aquila that she got from some grandparents at Christmas. She’s been emailing the magazine with questions about their website and ideas for content. She sent off a letter to a potential pen pal, the contents of which were entirely confidential and this nosey mum can’t help wondering what she put!

Leo is working on a Word document that is a report on books he has read and written. It is very enthusiastic and lovely. When he has it finished I will ask him if I can share it here on the blog.

Anyway, Dani is itching to get on the computer to share a letter we got from Lord Adonis with the lists, so I’d better go.

3 comments:

Gill said...

Oooh did you put it on UKHE? It's the only one I read ATM. If not, tell me which list to look at, cos I'm definitely interested in what he had to say.

Allie said...

Hi Gill,

We put it up on HE consult but Mike FW has just copied it to UKHE.

Gill said...

Ugh I was hoping that wasn't the same one. Not good news then :-(

We're still an anomaly, I see.