Today marks the first day of school for the kids of England – the boys were not best pleased to be back to being woken up just before 7am (they have been used to 8am wake-up calls since the beginning of January).
They had to go in last Thursday for the first (of many we assume) of their Lateral Flow Testing – which was super well organised and super quick – great job done at school there.
Sadly, this also marks the beginning of the school run for 2021 – today’s was a nice start with there being roadworks in Ossett – adding almost 20 minutes to the journey 🙁
During their time working from home, they have both slipped back a little with their grades so we all have a little work to do in order to get back into the right shape. Hopefully this all gets into shape relatively painlessly and without too many “fall outs” with the pair of them… wish us luck…
Today, we were notified that Elliot has received a Deputy Head Commendation aware for his performance in the recent examinations at school. A great result acknowledging his determination and resilience through the last few months – a really impressive result.
Now, he needs to build on this for year 9 and onto his GCSE’s 🙂
We are now three days in and have learned a few things…
1. Make sure to get out and exercise in the middle of the day to break up the lessons. It seems that by half way point, the kids would WAY rather go out on a dog walk than do more classes, BUT at the end of the day the only thing that the dog walk is doing is get in the way of Xbox….
2. Prep the night before – having the lesson plans printed and ready to go removes and issue relating to internet access on the day
3. Focus – Oliver is even worse with his focus issues in a school environment – just one of the dogs wandering into the room is enough to disrupt his ability to concentrate…. and he would like to listen to music…. y, right!!
4. Mid morning snack – core to keeping the beast that is the hangry gene from mutating all over the dining room….