Author: Writing, Reading, Living

  • Hope.

    Hope.

    Last week, I returned to work and during that time we have prepared for when the school partially re-opens. I am not going to lie, it was one strange, hard week. Everything is upside down and the new systems in place to ensure social distancing is comepletely alien to how schools actually function. I am […]

  • This is it.

    This is it.

    This is it. Who will we become after this event in history?

  • The big clear out.

    The big clear out.

    There was very nearly not going to be a post this week. I couldn’t seem to formulate anything. I have a list of half ideas and a block of half started posts that haven’t gone any where. And that is ok, I know it is, just like I know it’s ok if I give myself […]

  • Rediscovery

    Rediscovery

    During this period of lock-down, it is more important than ever to look after our mental health; and of course this is different for each person. To take the time to really know where you are mentally and emotionally can be in and of itself a roller-coaster. Taking each day as it comes, maybe even […]

  • The white butterfly.

    The white butterfly.

    A short story on loss, written for a writing group a couple of years ago.

  • Encouragement.

    Encouragement.

    As tears rolled down my face on Monday night, I had come to the end of myself. Homeschooling, the reality of isolation, tantrums from a 6 year old, my 8 year old acting like a surly teenager and a disagreement with my partner had left me feeling…empty. Empty and sad. I knew this wasn’t going […]

  • Facebook challenge (it’s not what you think, part 2)

    Facebook challenge (it’s not what you think, part 2)

    As I have previously stated in an earlier post, I am reviewing the recommended reads for year 6 at the school that I work in. It has been an absolute joy to discover these gems and to be challenged in my own reading. Just in case you haven’t read the previous post, the Facebook challenge […]

  • Love.

    Love.

    We have never known an Easter like this. An Easter where we cannot gather together physically or have friends over to our home to celebrate this time of year. There is real fear and anxiety over the corona virus and its long term impact. We are all in the same situation but are facing different […]

  • Facebook challenge (it’s not what you think, part 1)

    Facebook challenge (it’s not what you think, part 1)

    As you know, I work as a teaching assistant in a local primary school. Specifically, year 6, the SATs year. It was a big year for these 10/11 year olds as we prepared them for taking their tests, as well as getting them ready for moving up to secondary school. It could be high pressured […]

  • 1st week of homeschooling done!

    1st week of homeschooling done!

    Well, that is technically one week of schooling done. It has been strange, wonderful and stressful for everyone involved. As you know, I work as a teaching assistant in a primary school however, I am still nervous about homeschooling my two boys.  I tried making my own timetable in preparation for the coming weeks but honestly, […]