Thank you to Tracey for sharing her story with Corra and joining in on the #SameStormDifferentBoat conversation.
A day in the life of a Local delivery team leader and home schooling ‘teacher’
So, I am working from home as are most of us and I wanted to share with you what a typical day is like for me, and this is all true. (Honest)
I have 2 girls Mia (10) and Zoe (8), primary 5 and primary 3, now as far as I was concerned they are intelligent enough kids, they can read, write and know their times tables, I mean what else do they do at school anyway……? Little did I know…
Tessellations, Homophones, Synonyms, Antonyms, Acrostic Poems, what’s a verb again? Is it a ‘doing word? Agh… WHAT? GOOGLE…. I shout….and that reminds me, my girls can’t work a dictionary….
Vertebrates/Invertebrates, Mammals, Reptiles, Insects, put the animals into classifications… What about a Human? Where do we fit in, what list do we go on? (HELP)
Space- planets, make a planet, make a rocket, make a space helmet…I mean honestly, paper mache at the ready…. How do you make paper mache?
Make a mood bottle, gel food colouring (oh FYI it is different from normal food colouring) …. create a self-portrait using nature?…..
What is wrong with 2×2, write a story, go read a book or use a colouring in book? This is all at the same time as trying to dial in to weekly calls with the Team, look at Reports and Engagement Plans…. When the 8-year-old joins me and starts to pull at the grey hair coming in as I can’t get to a hairdresser!!!!
So, a day in the life is not as I know it, I have a newfound respect for teachers, and as they say every day is a school day. I tried to dial into a Mindfulness session…let’s get the balance back, I was asked to close my eyes visualise, a colour, my safe place. I tried (I did) sitting at kitchen table, zoned out, eyes closed, all going, well, as the facilitator then said, “open your eyes, how was that”? ..I open my eyes to 2 little girls standing staring at me…one with a picture of a NHS Rainbow, the other who is older, with a worried, look…..What are you doing mummy?…..
I am learning so much, not just about my girls and their talents hmm? (cheating using spell check) but also just about life, the day to day goings on when you are at home and ‘working’ and how we can adapt, change and cope quite well despite it all……and still smile….
Thank you Tracey for sharing your experience of juggling family and work life during lockdown with Corra. We are so grateful for voices like yours.
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