8.5 / 10

Oscar said he gave school 8 and a half out of 10 today which was better than Friday’s 7.  This was mainly due to rugby which all goes to show you must never tar your own children with your own sporting hang ups.  Luckily I have never dwelt on the fact that games lessons were such torture for me.  What I was impressed by with Oscar, was that he came home buzzing from how much fun it was and said “And I wasn’t the worst after all, not even one of the worst!!”   Ahhhh!  So he was looking forward to it even though he didn’t think he’d be any good at it?  I think that’s quite unusual.  Most people only like things they are good at, certainly at that age.   He said in surprised tone “And they let anyone (as in even someone like him!) join the lunchtime rugby club so I might do that too” , which would extend the games lesson by another 45mins!  Gosh.

I only hope he keeps much of this enthusiasm.  He started his homework straight away but it didn’t go entirely smoothly.  He had to find 6 dangerous household chemicals with warning signs on them and write them down.  Simple enough.  Except that he was cursing me for buying eco friendly stuff as it turns out that our house isn’t nearly toxic enough for science homework and even when we’d been next door to raid their shed he then kept making spelling mistakes and getting frustrated with himself.  He wanted it to be perfect and says he wants to earn house points.   He said he wasn’t allowed to rip pages out but I showed him how to do it just the once without leaving the other side of the page in the book so it didn’t show.  They’re not allowed to use tippex either so I suppose he will just get used to checking spellings before he writes the words.  He will need quite a bit of support in his homework until he gets the idea but he’s so keen to get it right that I think it will be very rewarding.

I had wanted to start teaching next week to get our new routine off to a good start but a stray pupil (Kiel) turned up and it did throw everything.  It’s going to be tricky to support Oscar with his work as much as I’d like to on Mondays and Tuesdays and I’m not sure Joth will manage either with them all to look after.  I’m not sure what to do about that except carry on saying no to any new pupils and not replace any which doesn’t help the money situation though.

Lucas went off happily to Acorns this morning.  He doesn’t seem to be batting an eyelid that Oscar isn’t around.  He is interested to hear about school but not overly so as if it’s not such a big deal.  He even went to Kung Fu by himself tonight which he hasn’t wanted to do in the past.  Oscar felt too tired which didn’t surprise me.  We’ll just have to see how it goes with fitting everything in.

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