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Grey Days

November 13, 2015 - family

I’m really not fond of grey, wet days. The odd one or two I can cope with but when it goes on for a week or more I get rather miserable and a tad snappy. Housework becomes much more of a chore, even getting out of the bed in the morning can be hard work. When there are four little bright eyed children bouncing around the house and wanting to learn, I don’t have the option of curling up under my duvet, stuffing my face full of chocolate and watching movies (at least not every day!)

This week has been one of those grey weeks. I have to admit that the house isn’t quite as tidy as I’d like it and we haven’t done as much as I would like to. I’ve had moments when I’ve thought I’m not doing very well as this educating lark. Then I look back at what we have done.

We’ve played monopoly, learning about money and property. How to play together and take turns, and for some of us how to be a graceful loser. We’ve played card games, learning maths as we played Elevens and clock solitaire. We’ve done water play, playdoh and painting. The girls have had there swimming lessons, and we met up with our home educating friends at soft play (and socialised). We’ve cooked dinner together, and read books. We’ve talked about the Monarchy, old and present, and why there have been more Kings than Queens. We have looked again through our microscope at various things from cornflakes to polystyrene. We shared sparklers with friends.

There have been computer games, but in that they have learned strategies, how to defeat their enemy in war or create a working rollercoaster. We went to the cinema and watched a film about a girl dealing with her emotions. We caught a bus home, working out the route and bus we needed and what time we had to catch it.

It seems that even in the times I don’t feel like the children are learning, when I feel like I’m failing, that are really are learning.

13 thoughts on “Grey Days

Sonia

It sounds like you are doing an amazing job. I have such admiration for home schooling, I wish I was able to homeschool my kids x

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Sarah Bailey

It sounds like you have been doing amazingly and they are learning a lot 🙂 x

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Jen Walshaw

Have you thought about a SAD lamp? It really transformed my depression and helped me feel much more able to handle the grey dark and dismal days.

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    Happyhandley

    I do have a SAD lamp, I keep it in the kitchen as I seem to spend a lot of time in there 🙂

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nessjibberjabberuk

It’s so important to have time with your children to teach them such things. My son loved his train trip to the museum last week and working out which way to go.

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Maz Hopwood

Taking turns and playing properly, how we dream of those days to come 🙂

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Jaime Oliver

its good t hear the SAD lamp has helped its something i struggle with too and need to invest in

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    Happyhandley

    The decent ones are definitely worth the money, I even managed to get hold of a second hand one.

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Kara

I think children naturally learn when they are out and about. I like to take mine to the forest and beach and see what we can find. They often to trails and have books that can help

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Oana

Well done, Tanya, sounds like you have all had a wonderfully busy week!xx

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Phoebe @ Lou Messugo

Hat’s off to you, I think home schooling must be so hard but despite your grey days it sounds like you’re doing a great job.

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Nell@PigeonPairandMe.com

Was the film Inside Out? I think that’s such an educational film for children to see – I had such interesting conversations with my children after we watched it together. It sounds as though you’re doing a great job.

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    Happyhandley

    It was, yes. I think it’s one we’ll be adding to our collection at home. It’s a great film.

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