Monday, 1 September 2014

Mummy Goes Back to School

In a weeks time, I'll be embarking on a new journey; the journey of a student.

I'm off to college to study for my HNC (BTEC down south) in Early Education and Childcare. It's something I've thought about for a long time, especially since Z started nursery. I helped out as often as I could and really enjoyed being around the children.

My course takes a year to complete and then I can move on to do my HND, which can be classed as a second year at University. Once I've done that, I can decide whether to carry on to Uni or to go in to employment. The course allows me to work in nursery and up to Primary 1 if I wanted to. I'm still undecided about whether to pursue a career in teaching primary or whether to stick with the younger children. I have two days placement on the course so this will give me the experience to help me make the decision.

I had my induction at college last week which made everything more real. I now have a student ID card which means student discount! Sadly, I don't think Next or Build-a-Bear offer a student discount but I do get a free cheeseburger at McDonalds (every cloud and that!)

I'm excited to start my course. It is definitely going to be hard work but I'm prepared for it. I have my first assignment to do after reading a few pages on "the importance of play in the curriculum" from my HNC book. It's only to be 250 words but I want to do a good job of my first piece of college written work!

Has anyone else gone back to education after children? How did you find it?

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Sunday, 31 August 2014

My Sunday Photo / The Black and White Photo Project #8

We found this rather jaggy looking plant in a bush near our school. Miss C looked at all the tiny acorns and asked if we could pick them. I told her no because, clearly, they are not ready!

Linking this photo up to the PODcast Black and White Photo Project.


The Week That Was #33

Last Sunday, I decided to have a bit of a lazy day. I cleaned the house, got showered and put a fresh pair of jammies on. The kids went swimming with Husband before they went to their swimming lessons.

On Monday, I dropped the kids off at school and went to college for my induction morning. My letter said it would take about an hour to an hour and a half so I knew I'd be finished in time for collecting Miss C. I ended up having to leave before it had finished so I could collect Miss C at 12pm! The induction ended up finishing at 1.10pm so it lasted 3 hours! After picking Z up from school, we had dinner and then I had to do my Ice Bucket Challenge. It was really cold!

On Tuesday, I dropped the kids off at school and came home to an empty house. Usually I crave some peace and quiet but I was so bored. I watched Hollyoaks, caught up on some blogging and had a coffee. Thankfully, I had Miss C to pick up at 12pm and we spent the afternoon playing and practising her letters and numbers. After dinner, Husband took Z and Miss C for a bike/scooter ride around the block.

On Wednesday, I had a visit to the school to find out about what Miss C would be learning in Primary 1 and I got to sample a school lunch. Miss C was excited to have me there as were the other children with their parents. It was a lot of fun. On the way back to her classroom, we peeked in to see Z in his classroom. His best friend spotted us and started waving which obviously caught his teacher's attention and Z's. She opened the door and said hello as Z came running out to say hi to us. His teacher was really lovely and spoke to Miss C. She also reassured me, quietly, that Z was doing brilliantly in his class and fit right in with the older children, which was nice to hear.

On Thursday, I took a walk myself to the shops, got some bits and then collected Miss C from school. We came home and had lunch and then watched Ice Age 3. It's become a bit of a routine to come home and have some quiet time after her morning at school. It was lovely and sunny when we picked Z up from school. We had a dentist appointment and we all got good reports from our dentist. Z already has some of his adult molars in!

On Friday, Miss C was exhausted after a week of school. It was a horrible day so we stayed in and chilled out. We picked Z up, had dinner and then Z went to his Friday club. We were all ready for an early night!

On Saturday, Z went to karate and Miss C had fun playing in the corridors whilst we waited. After karate, we came home for lunch and Miss C got ready to go to a Frozen themed party. She went as Olaf. Husband and Z went to the cinema to watch Guardians of the Galaxy. We enjoyed a Chinese takeaway for dinner as a treat.

Me & Mine #8

August saw the first day of school arrive for Miss C. She was really excited. Husband was a bit teary, I was OK and Z was indifferent. He was more excited to be in the same class as his best friend again.

This month also saw me take a big step in my work life and leave my job. I'd been there for 10 years and it wasn't an easy decision but it was the right thing to do. In September, I start college to train to be a nursery teacher. I can't wait!

Husband has been trying hard to stop smoking. It's a struggle for him as he has smoked for a long time but he's trying and that's a good start. He can't wait to get back in to the gym now Miss C has started school and he'll have more time to sleep and train.

Z really enjoyed the last few weeks of the Summer holidays, having play dates with his friends. He's really in to the Beano annuals at the moment. He's also enjoyed being back at Karate and can't wait for Karate Camp in October.

Miss C has enjoyed play dates with her best friend a lot this month. They've been out for tea and played at each others house. It's lovely to see her having a friendship she made on her own instead of one through her brother.

dear beautiful

Saturday, 30 August 2014

365 Project 2014 Days 236 - 242

Day 236 - Cats with their toys
Day 237 - Simple dinners are the best
Day 238 - Walking home from school
Day 239 - Hanging around
Day 240 - Enjoying some lunch 
Day 241 - A week of school has worn her out
Day 242 - Time for a Frozen party

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