In my last post, I gave you guys a quick insight into how The Big C, or Coronavirus is affecting me and my family. In this post, I thought I’d give you a little update as well as a little look at how I’m handling ‘homeschooling’ the kids. So, welcome to The Big C – Part 2!
As of April 6th, I will have been officially furloughed. Although I’ve been working from home for three weeks already, the work has really dried up and we’ve all been scratching around for things to do. So, when I got the email confirming I had been furloughed, I was actually quite pleased! As you already know, my health is pretty rubbish atm with the Myasthenia Gravis and all of the side effected from medications. So I feel like it’s a bit of a blessing in disguise as I need the rest! The company I work for are topping up our wages to 100% too so we won’t be missing out in any way. It’s effectively 8 weeks extra holiday! Obviously, I’d much rather be working and this whole nightmare not even happening. But in the circumstances, I’ll take that and run.
Now I’m going to have a LOT of free time, I’m starting to decide how to use it wisely. I’ve been learning Spanish using the Duolingo app since we were in Lanzarote last year. I’m still enjoying it, perhaps not as much as I was. But that’s because it’s getting more difficult lol! I’m on a streak of 222 days as I write this, which I think is quite impressive! But I’ve been doing the bare minimum to get my streak and that’s it.
I’m lucky enough to work with a teacher who has sent me some workbooks so that will help massively. I think one of the main problems I face when learning a language is I have absolutely NO clue what verbs, nouns, adjectives, etc are LMAO! I think if I had a better understanding of that kind of stuff, it would help me understand the structure of sentences. Anyway, I am determined to learn Spanish as it’s such a beautiful language, so watch this space!
Getting Stuck in to Blogging
I will also be using this time to concentrate on my blog. Get some post ideas written down, actually use the blog plan I created (lol) and work harder on my socials! I’ve taken an online course on building up my Instagram so I’m hoping to get going with that as well. I might even manage to get some blog posts scheduled! SHOCK!
I’ve also started to get back into reading again which is great. I’ve been trying to get in the habit of reading for at least 15 minutes every night before I turn the lights out and I’m loving it! I had to start back up with my two favourite authors, Janet Evanovich and Tess Gerritsen. They write totally different types of books but I cannot get enough of them! I’ve got a few other books gathering dust waiting for me to get round to them so I may as well try getting through them!
As promised, I thought I’d share how I’ve been keeping the girls occupied and my thoughts on it all. The first week we were home I left them to it more or less. Kacie was an emotional wreck panicking about the whole pandemic thing so I let her chill and take her own mind off it all. Aimie was loving life on her PS4 and Netflix until she realised she had to log in to Google Classroom every morning by 08.30 starting the following Monday LOL!
Since then, Aimie’s logged in every morning without fail and completed her work for the day well before lunchtime. So while she’s been doing that, I’ve had Kacie doing all sorts. She’s joined in with the PE with Joe Wicks sessions most mornings, which is great to watch. I’d have been joining in if I could! She’s also been doing lots of maths and English work, as well as researching things she’s interested in and watching live streams of animal feeding times.
As well as all of that, I’ve let them help out with different things around the house. Kacie helped Ant make a gravel path in the back garden last week, they’ve all helped cook dinner and make lunch. They all help around the house with certain things anyway. But they’ve been doing a few extra bits between them which is a help for us. As well as teaching them life skills.
The way I see it is all is this – we are ALL winging it! I’ve seen so many people being criticised online for the way they’re handling this situation. Who’s to say is right or wrong? NONE of us knew this was coming so we were all as unprepared as each other. If you want to give them an all-singing, all-dancing timetable to stick to, that’s amazing! If you don’t want to do anything with them and enjoy the time with them, that’s also amazing! This situation is (hopefully) never going to happen again so just do what suits you and your family the best! YOU know your children best, just go with the flow! And if you feel the need to comment on how someone else is doing it, think before you do so.
I hope you all manage to stay safe! Let me know in the comments what you’re planning to do with your time while you’re home! Until next time, Steff xx test123