Thursday, 21 May 2020

week twenty // last week learning @ home with miles

(eighth week staying at home)
We have spent 8 full weeks in a bubble - over 56 days working and schooling from home. Tomorrow the bubble bursts when Miles goes back to school. And then Eli the week after, and Lily the week after that.
I know we will never forget this two months at home. A surreal and very different time. It had its challenges of course but also many blessings like slowing down, and enjoying abundant family time. Ok, so we never made sourdough, learnt a new language, did a family TikTok dance or even finished the endless home projects (think the kids would need to be quarantined elsewhere for that to happen!!!). But we never got bored but we did have a lot of extra special times together.
When I told the kids they were headed back to school, the boys said ‘Nooooo!!’ 🤣 they have loved homeschooling and wanted to continue. Miles said ‘I like having mum there to help me with everything’ 😭 They have been so happy and content at home, but I know they will love being back at school too.
This week I wanted to capture this little dude home learning before he returns to school. Being the youngest he was my most stressful to try and homeschool while also working, because he needed more supervision and support. But when I wasn’t working, we had such a good time! Once I cut back on both work and school pressures, we found such a good groove. Of course as soon as we did, they announced school was going back 🤪!!
I won’t forget these days. Our short stint as homeschoolers. Getting to engage in their learning in a much deeper way, getting to know their challenges and strengths. Gaining so much respect for their teachers too! Growing in patience and helping him develop a 'hard working attitude'.
It’s been a blessing and a growing experience for all of us. Not sure if we will ever get to experience this again (time will tell!), so this season is worth appreciating for what it is. Challenging at times but suddenly it’s over and now it feels quite bittersweet!!

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