Where do I begin? Perhaps a photo diary will help bring it all together….
Their teachers in Australia have sent us parcels full of readers, math tools, work books and CD ROM’s for them to work from, alas, they haven’t turned up yet. When we went to the Italian post-office to see if the parcels could be traced, our lovely assistant shrugged her shoulders as if to say we were insane and then proceeded to tell us that if we didn’t have a ‘delivered when your out’ docket then the parcel hasn’t arrived.
Hmmmm….. After explaining it was sent at the beginning of June and that maybe was a long time to wait?? We were told ‘not so long……NEXT!’
So the joys of home schooling thousands of miles from home without 80% of the materials needed to teach isn’t as much fun as I had hoped (I think I had steam streaming from my ears at one point). I seem to be doing a lot of trolling on the internet to find work for the boys to do while waiting for their teachers to send through the work digitally…..
The boys seem to think this means it is time to do a bit of classroom activity and cannot understand why I start losing the plot when they don’t do what I ask them. The first week was completely challenging for both them and me. Being told by your mum to do school work that she has never even looked at before doesn’t install a great amount of confidence in them, especially Alex who apparently knows all there is to know. To put it bluntly, the first week was hell on legs and I am so happy it is behind us.
We are half way through week two and I am happy to report we have had a shift in attitude. No longer do the boys run wild in ‘school time’ and I no longer wish aliens would beam me up to take the pain away. Don’t get me wrong, it is still a lot of work and I get sick of pulling them into line (I might have to have a shot of Botox when I get back to hide all the creases on my face), but we seem to have a nice flow happening with our Aussie teachers and each other. It also helps that we bought a printer/scanner the other day, so we can send work back without the use of the postal system!
Max has decided this is actually the real deal so has started working brilliantly which seems to of rubbed off onto his brother who is getting much better at listening to me; as I am getting better at listening to them too.
The boys will be starting Italian school in mid September when the rest of the Italian kids return from holidays so that will be another barrier to break through. However, I am extremely happy to be there for the boys when they COME HOME from school instead of home being school (and yet, they will continue their Australian work?! What am I saying??). If you think this sounds a little harsh then I suggest you take your kids out of school for a week and try to ‘teach/supervise’ them, then get back to me with your feedback.
I love the little chitlens but I much prefer sending them to school than being the school.
I LOVE TEACHERS!!!!