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5 things they don’t tell you about school…

September 12, 2012

Well, we’re almost a week in to wee man starting school, and already so many lesson’s learned!  Well, on my part at any way.  Here’s a snippet:


  1. A school “day” is neither here nor there – not enough time to do anything constructive whilst they’re there, but enough time for them to be insufferably tired and hungry from the moment they return til the godsend that is bedtime.
  2. Insouciance starts from day 2 – no point asking what did you do at school today, already getting rolling of eyes, sighing, arms crossing and ‘same as what i did yesterday, mum’…have literally no idea what occurs between the hours of 9-3.
  3. Rules and regulations affect the parents more than the kids – they don’t care a smidgen what’s allowed and what’s not.
  4. The paperwork!!! Already 4 letters home, with instructions, pleas and requests for money/equipment – no longer can i ignore the book bag and look at it once a week if that…have to keep on top of this.  The fridge (or magnetic filing cabinet as it is now known) is literally heaving under the pressure.
  5. Learning is hungry work – well, either that or he’s not eating anything for lunch…or both.  See point 2.

The new routine is taking some getting used to, not least for the poor wee hat.  She’s at nursery full-day on Monday, and half-days Tues and Weds – not sleeping there obvs, so have two ridiculously tired bairns in the afternoon, and she just can’t work out why her brother’s not around all the time.  Think it’s her who has the most adjusting to do, brave little man just taking it all in his stride…so far at least.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. Valerie permalink
    September 12, 2012 11:46 am

    Ha! All these points took me right back to elementary school! I especially remember being tired and hungry from the time I got on the bus to ride home until I’d go to bed at night! No wonder most schools give families nearly 3 months off to recuperate in the summer. 😉

    • September 12, 2012 12:14 pm

      3 months?! I wish, try 6 weeks over here in the UK!!!

      • Valerie permalink
        September 12, 2012 12:22 pm

        Hmm, maybe that’s why American schools are not too high in the rankings. Lol We homeschool, and do it year round, so we take breaks as we need them (usually for a week at a time). 😉

      • September 12, 2012 12:29 pm

        oh so brave!!!! I don’t think i have the patience…! But who knows, never say never…

      • Valerie permalink
        September 12, 2012 2:16 pm

        Haha, I love teaching and planning and we always have homeschooled so it was never a thing we had to adjust to. I think it’d be hard to switch the child from school to home because they could find it hard to to see me as “teacher” and not just “mom”. 😉

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