Well where do we start. The world has turned on its head and everything has changed so quickly. We're now all looking into home schooling techniques and tasks, washing our hands constantly and we have no idea when any of it will end.
Right now, I'm nervous about home school. I'm no teacher and I have always been tough and strict when it comes to education. Even though Lily is only six, I make sure homework is done, reading is done and that her performance at school is good. I don't know where to start with replicating this at home but have managed to find some great resources on Twinkl. They're currently letting parents sign up and access a range of tools for free due to school closures. You can search by key stage or use their search bar to find what you need.
I've also set up a school Dropbox for Lily's class so that all the parents can share and download any good tools we find. It's also important I think that they all do similar things. At school, they work as a class and progress as a group. When they do eventually go back, it would be great if that group progression is still there. Her school has been great though. They have given us packs with worksheets in, reading books for the level Lily is on and a couple the next one up and online links so hopefully, we'll have enough for the time being.
The saddest thing though is that we've had to stop visiting my dad. He has a range of health issues so only those who really need to be around him can visit him. It's for the best and trying to tell Lily that we can still facetime and message him was tough. When this is all over, I think we are all going to start appreciating all the small things like visiting family, going out to pubs and restaurants. Right now though, we all need to play our part in keeping everyone safe and well.
On to brighter things though. Cecily has settled so well at nursery. The staff have all said how lovely she is and that she's had a great time playing with the other children. Her understanding of what's around her is also improving. Cecily has grasped what 'no' means but pays no attention or will just cry at you hoping she gets what she wants (forget terrible twos, tantrums from a one year old are worse). She'll also just keep saying 'yes' at you until you change your mind. I admire her determination but it won't work.
She also has a huge amount of teeth coming through. You can see more coming at the front (top and bottom) AND a couple at the back on top. It's made her cheeks red and sore and made her so miserable at night.
Lily, has been doing well at dance. She had her first dance festival of 2020 this month where she came 2nd for tap. She also danced in her first trio with her two best friends and they came 3rd! I think they were the most surprised. You could see their faces light up with happiness and surprise when the judge announced it. The other group were older than them and we thought they'd never beat some of them but they went out there, smiled, danced and had a great time.
Hopefully we will all be back to our normal lives as quickly and as safely as possible.
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