Back to school. For all of us.
The summer break has ended. It’s been lovely, in many ways but also a little nostalgic for me as I realise my children are getting older. It has also been a tad stressful, and not that relaxing. More on that in another post.
But they aren’t leaving me yet, and we roll into another academic year for all of us. Yup, you read that right, now read on for the details.
The tween starts year 8, at school. Slowly working out what her GCSE options will be (Food Tech and History being certain things she can choose, above the compulsory ones)
The boy starts Year 5 at home with me. Year 4, and learning to adapt to homeschooling was a challenge in many ways but we did it and we are carrying on. We currently cover and plan to continue with the basics of the National Curriculum, with added extras like Art classes, choir, cooking classes, gymnastics, swimming, French club and dance classes with other children his own age. He is fairly busy.
And me? I am going back to school. Not quite in September, but in the Spring of next year I will be doing two short courses to give me some basic grounding and credits to start a degree course in September 2020. In what you ask? That I will share more about soon, but it’s going to be doing what I love most, helping people, and working with people, using my life experience as a background, and hopefully taking what I have learned and been through to help others. Not back to nursing, but something I have wanted to do for a long time, and the husband being ill earlier this year, galvanised me into realising if I don’t do things that I want to do, no one will do them for me, so I am as the saying goes “grabbing the bull by the horns” and going back to studying, clinical practice (eventually) and possibly, if I am able to succeed, some useful qualifications for when the children do leave home and I find myself with more time on my hands. We shall see.
The next few months are going to be busy for us, we have ballet exams, and the boy is going to be away on several intensive ballet courses too, the tween will be working hard and slowly dealing with the process of building up to choosing what she wants to do for GCSE exams, in the next few years. I will be working out how to use my brain to study and learn again, and in between working and also making sure we are up to scratch with homeschooling, as well. It will be more juggling. But it will be worth it.
We can do this, we like a challenge. We are all looking forward to back to school, and what it means for each of us.