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Centred : Word of the Week

The children have been on half term this week. When they were little, I used to theme half terms. Packing it with science experiments or history projects. Spending longer on subjects that they didn’t have enough time to do at school, but interested them. They still talk about eating the glow in the dark jelly and my explanation of castle erosion with the assistance of cookies.

It was all worth it.

Now they are older and their ages mean that they’re split between schools. Somehow this makes it harder to find a subject that fits all. So this week, they’ve done their own thing. Reading, making, researching, cooking and being creative with Minecraft.

We’ve kept it slow. No routine. I think we all needed it. They’ve followed topics that interest them.  I’ve said “Yes” as much as I can. Keeping boundaries when I need to. Leaving room for them to grow.

We’re nearing the end of the week. I’ve noticed how well they all get on, now that the dust of school has mostly blown away. The 5 year age span seems less. They never seem to be bored. Finding their own solutions to the alternative of doing nothing.

They would quite happily carry on to next week, given half a chance, but that’s not happening. School on Monday for them all. I have a feeling that they will be better placed to start the new week, than they would admit. Rested and able to find their centre again.


So my word of the week has to be centred.

P.S. Middle daughter (12) and the Boy (9) made the origami dragons. So proficient now, that if you ask the 12 year old, she’ll conjuror up a dragon before your eyes. Not bad!

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