Posts Tagged ‘school’

School Bell

January 29, 2014

Possum is 7 years 8 months

Bandicoot is 5 years 6 months

Little Princess is 3 years old

This morning I woke to the dulcet tones of the school bell and MotoGP reruns.  It is nice not to be kissing the kids goodbye.

However, today I struggle with my two biggest negatives of homeschooling.

As my friends drop their kids off this morning, they return to their “normal” adult lives.  They do things like straighten the house, go to work, have conversations, think a thought all to themselves – you know, “normal” activities.  I tiptoe around Lego landmines, racetracks for Matchbox cars that run through several rooms, boxes and piles of books (what homeschooler does not?) and try to avoid the noisy projectiles that are my children.  There is never a break; never a let-up. (While I am typing this I have one child on my lap and am printing copywork pages for start of term).

The other one is almost a clincher for me.  Today, the kids are down.  They are not thinking about what school involves.  They are thinking about all their friends gathering at the school next door.  Together.

To me, the number one thing that school provides and that I do not is an opportunity to hang out with your mates every day.

Of course, they may not be real friends.  There are even those (usually teachers who are trying to stop you talking in class!) who say that school is about learning and not about socialising.  But that is not the point.

And even if our kids did go to an institutional school, we don’t like the school next door, so they wouldn’t be going there with their mates, anyway.  Again, not the point.

THIS is the issue that makes me waiver sometimes, makes me wonder.  In the balance, I truly believe that my kids are absolutely better off at home, but days like today it is hard.

Instead, we are going to enjoy a couple more days of summer holidays.  We will start in earnest next week.  Today we are going to visit Bandicoot’s best mate (he is starting Kindy this year and they don’t start today.)  The kids will play, I will print copywork pages and nervously rearrange my resources, yet again. 

And they can watch MotoGP and Robin Hood and lounge around while the school bell rings.


May 5, 2012

Possum is 6 years
Bandicoot is 3 years 7 months
Little Princess is 1 year 2 months (16 months)

Yesterday I took another step on the path as school Mum.  Every two years Possum’s school holds a fundraising walkathon.  Yesterday was the day.

Once more I was caught out by the early start which scuppered our plans for the day – especially as this time I had both Bandicoot and Little Princess in tow.  Can you imagine Bandicoot coping two hours without snacks?  Once the pram was laden and the troops moved along to school, we set ourselves up in a great cheering position – right next to Possum’s class’s checkpoint. Nice spot – some sun, grass, trees, gardens for The Littles to explore, good view…

The Kindies had each been allocated a ‘Buddy’ in one of the older classes.  Their Buddy was supposed to walk with them for at least the first three laps, show them the ropes, explain how it worked.  After a while it occurred to me that I hadn’t seen Possum visiting the check point.  I kept a more concerted eye out for him and there he came-upset.  We called him over to the checkpoint to get his card stamped.  There were no stamps on it at all!  And the the tears started.

He just wanted to walk, he didn’t want to collect stamps.   His Buddy had deserted him without explaining the process to him, but making time to point out he didn’t want to walk with him, and leaving Possum with rather high feelings of rejection.  Poor little kid!  I eventually convinced him let us walk with him for a bit.  During that time I explained how a walkathon worked and what they were raising money for.  I was about to clarify for him that it could even be viewed as ministry work, but of course Bandicoot raced off to the bubblers.  Fortunately, one of Possum’s besties was just behind us, and with a little convincing, they hooked up together to keep walking.

By the end of the walkathon, he didn’t even feel the need to wave to us, he was having so much fun.  At least it ended well.

Now we just need to wait for his school hat to turn up again… it was lost somewhere on the circuit.

Just Say CC!

April 30, 2012

Possum is 5 years 11 months

Bandicoot is 3 years 9 months

Little Princess is 1 year 4 months (16 months)


Today I was initiated into another School-Mum ritual.  The Cross-Country Run!

I don’t know – is a Catholic vs Public thing?  Or were they just not around when I was younger?  Anyway, I have never actually witnessed one of these events before.

Possum was so excited.  They had a training run last Thursday and he has talked of nothing else since.  You know that they have to run ALL around the WHOLE school?  EVERYone runs!  It is SO good.  It is SO MUCH fun.  And he REALLY LOVES it!  And all the parents are going to come and sit on the gutter at the side of the oval and cheer them on!  (Oh, are we?)

Well, you get the general idea.

On Thursday his Kindergarten class and two of the three others all ran together and he came 6th.

On Friday, the scheduled training run did not happen (Boo, hiss.  Guess who was an unhappy bunny.)

But today was THE day and he was stoked.

Much to my horror, after a chaotic morning at home, when I did drop off, I discovered the race started at 9:30.  So, racing home (thankfully DH had got Bandicoot to pre-school), I quickly changed Little Princess, washed some of the masses of yoghurt off her, grabbed a bottle of water for each of us and raced back.  Wish I had have stopped to have some breakfast or even a glass of milk.  Also wish I brought some snacks or toys for her, because she got restless before it was all over.

There were two courses, the longer being the same as the shorter but with another loop on it.  Depending on the age group, they did different numbers of laps of which ever course was required to make up the length.  I believe that the under 5s and under 6s ran 500m but the under 12s did 3 or 3.5km.

IMG_4690Trying to rally a bunch of excited shorties in the marshalling area

All the school was assembled on one side of the oval, ready to watch and cheer.  The age groups were called out, they proceeded to the marshalling area where they were lead through their warm ups (and the parents got progressively more excited as we strained to see who we could pick out).  Then they were called in a motley mass to the starting line beneath the football posts and they were off!IMG_4692And they’re off!

It was very exciting.  I watched with a group of parents from Possum’s class.  We cheered and encouraged (we were close to the end of the race, and some of them needed some encouragement by then – I sure would!)  We also cheered extra loudly for our Kindies siblings and friends.


Go Possum!!  That’s him in the dark green…  Check out the smiles.


And Possum crossing the finish line, with that stinky kid in the red shirt just beating him at the last moment.

It really was a fun day.  Well, morning.  Little Princess had really lost her cool by the time the last race was on, and I watched it while we were leaving (but managed to see the big brother of one of Possum’s mates win his age group.)  She wasn’t impressed that she wasn’t allowed to join in the racing.


And as for Possum, how did he go?  A very impressive 8th!  I was impressed with him.  He was devastated.  He wanted a top 5 win.  He couldn’t work out how he finished so far back (hello?  So far back??) 


I pointed out that he was racing against the bigger kids from all 4 Kindy classes and some Year 1s, too.  That seemed to make it alright.  At anyrate, all was soon made better – one of his mates helped them all fold their certificates into paper aeroplanes and they had loads of fun together again.             


(Actually, I secretly was hoping for top 6.  The top 6 make the zone team with 7th and 8th as reserves.  Of course, the under 6s are too little for zone, but that is not the point.)

Maybe next year we should try doing some training.

Day 2 Tears

February 2, 2012

Possum is 5 years 8 months

Bandicoot is 3 years 6 months

Little Princess is 1 year 1 month (13 months)

Yesterday, Possum started “Big School”.  He loved it.  LOVED it.  How much?

“Why do we have to have school holidays?  Why can’t I just go to Big School and stay there for ever and ever?”


This morning was a different matter.  It was a miserable rainy day – even more so than yesterday.  It was dark outside.  And he had to start earlier than yesterday.

Worse than that, when he got dressed this morning, he forgot he had to wear his uniform and put on a comfy T-shirt and pair of shorts, ready for a wet, loungey day.

It went downhill from there.


And he is not alone.  Last night I was watching an old episode of Jimmy’s Food Factory (the Breakfast episode).  Jimmy made his own Rice Bubbles and there was also some slow motion, close-up footage of popcorn popping.  I thought to myself how much the kids would enjoy that and that I should show them today.

And then it hit me.

No Possum.  No Possum again today.  Nor tomorrow.  Nor almost ever again.

I really don’t like the forever bit of this school thing.  Actually there is so much of this school thing that I don’t like.



I want my Possum back.

Possum’s First Day of Big School

February 1, 2012

Possum is 5 years 8 months

Bandicoot is 3 years 6 months

Little Princess is 1 year 1 month (13 months)



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