I Just Give Up At This Point!

Today’s picture says it all really! And there is a full laundry basket also in Daddy and Dadda’s wardrobe to boot. Day 10 of family lockdown has had its moments already and it is not even 10am! The girls birthday seems aeons ago at this point, just the memory encapsulated in a pile of new toys sat on top of the game’s cupboard! Our compendium seems to have seen better days, doesn’t it?

Like everything else in this house, it’ll get broken sooner or later! Mind you, the cupboard survived 2 x world wars, but Sadly has perished somewhat, since adorning our living room. We have seen the recent destruction and loss of a Georgian chest of draws and a French ‘Empire’ walnut armoire in recent months! Don’t ask!

Amritsar has just had a major breakdown and is presently screaming that she hates Tara – now Aaliyah. Now Tara again!

The boys are tinkering on Caleb’s new iPad (Amazon Fire 7) as Thor is not allowed his yet again today due to his repeated misconduct!

Happy Days and here’s to hoping you guys are all safe and happy. Don’t worry, I’ll cheer up – you just have to, don’t you?

Today’s Guest Contributer

We are lucky enough to live in the countryside. And in normal times, we love the great outdoors. Today’s post is accredited to a Laura Pearson, an advocate of learning skills outside of the classroom. Take it away Laura…

These days, it’s not rare to encounter learning problems in kids. While some attribute this to technology addiction, in many kids, it can be a mere case of incompatibility in the mode of instruction. The fact is that children learn differently, and though the classroom setting is, by and large, the norm, it’s also a fact that not all students will thrive in it. Some may even struggle. 

With that said, it’s important for parents and educators alike to broaden their horizons and explore other avenues of learning, especially for kids who struggle or who just want to expand their education. The natural world itself has plenty to offer in this regard, and it’s definitely a wonderful idea to take advantage of this. Best of all, most of its gifts are free to learn from and enjoy. Here are a few things you should bear in mind when it comes to outdoor education.

Nature Is the Best Classroom

Of late, experts have forecasted that the future of education will include learning beyond the confines of the traditional classroom. Again, there’s just no dearth of learning opportunities that can be found outdoors. In fact, nature helps children become more engaged and interested, as well as physically fit. Moreover, it relieves stress and restores attention.

Of course, there’s the question of what students are learningoutside of the classroom. As it turns out, there’s a lot! For one thing, kids can learn problem-solving skills, teamwork, and confidence through outdoor adventures. For another, academic benefits can be had, too, as there’s a wide range of activities that improve communication skills, literacy, and numeracy. Conservation is best learned outside, as well. 

It’s a good idea, therefore, to bring the classroom to nature (and vice versa) with some very inspired ideas. As a bonus, it costs little to nothing to take advantage of nature’s gifts, so you can be sure that it won’t put a dent on your budget.

Learning Should Be Fun

Now, what makes outdoor education a superior way to learn is the fact that it’s generally fun. As such, it’s important not to lose sight of this tenet in order to make it a worthwhile pursuit for your child. A great way to do this is through outdoor play.

More than just a fun past-time, outdoor play is actually crucial in the cognitive development of children. Scientists explain that outdoor play essentially helps build a better brain. Furthermore, it also does wonders for developing fine motor skills, coordination, and muscles. The holistic benefits are more than compelling, and there’s really no better reason to get your kids outside.

There are, in fact, several activities that let kids have fun outdoors while also learning in the process. Scavenger hunts and obstacle courses are always great hits. Better yet, exploration activities like hiking and biking (to name a few) are fantastic, as well, as these promote discovery and help them get to know the natural world in their own terms. As a tip, keep costs low by investing in season passes to national parks and other conservation areas, as opposed to buying tickets piecemeal for the entire family with every outing.

There’s Always Room for Tech

Lastly, just because you’re getting your child to embrace the great outdoors more, doesn’t mean that there’s no more room for tech. On the contrary, tech, when used mindfully and sparsely, can still support outdoor learning in many ways, which is why it’s still important to find ways to integrate technology into outdoor education.

For this reason, it definitely helps to have a reliable laptop for schoolwork. Such a device comes in handy during research or when your child has a creative writing project in the works, for instance. Of course, this can be quite an investment. It’s good practice to research different manufacturers, such as Lenovo, to see which one fits your needs. And to help you save money on such a substantial purchase, you can look for a Lenovo couponor promo codes.

The learning opportunities outdoors are right there; you just need to lead your kids toward them. It’s priceless education that you can get for next to nothing. What could be better than that?

Photo via Pexels

Happy Birthday Happy Days

We made it through the day without too many dramas from Thor. The girls had a good birthday, though Tara had a temperature this afternoon and was a bit grumpy as she missed her friends from school, especially their besties, Georgina and Harriet who moved away from the village several weeks ago. Self isolation really sucks when you’re 7 years old. But, we had a good day. Now all watching television before bed, completely full with Dadda’s homemade triple layered chocolate ganache cake with homemade black cherry jam! Yummy and plenty left for tomorrow.

What a Difference One Week Makes

This afternoon will mark exactly one week since my family and I were forced into self isolation. Since then, the theatres, bars, cafes, clubs and restaurants have closed and yesterday all shops (excluding pharmacies and supermarkets) and all remaining public places have joined them! Everybody is to self isolate for a minimum of three weeks more. I suddenly don’t feel quite so alone.

Who knows what is just around the corner! And who would have guessed the present global predicament and the extreme social and economic measures that seem to have been taken!

Tomorrow is Amritsar and Tara’s 7th birthday. Sadly the party had to be cancelled. We had booked the party at a local falconry where the children would have been able to have these stunning birds of prey launch from their outstretched arms, but alas this experience will have to wait for safer times. Though children playing with birds of prey doesn’t actually sound that safe, does it? Hmmmh.

Yes, what a difference one week makes!

Food Glorious Food, But For How along

These last days have seen a myriad of dishes in our household, culminating in tonight’s Crispy skinned salmon, crushed peas, turned boiled potatoes and lobster bisque.

I haven’t turned a potato since catering college and the bisque was made today with frozen lobster and red shrimp shells and our last tube of tomato purée.

So many things are not available at the supermarket due to panic buying. This might just be the final ‘foodie’ blog from me for a while!

But then again, beans on toast are also off the menu due to baked beans and bread being in short supply, even cheese has joined that list of hard to find goods.

We have 2 more slots from tesco.com booked, but after that, who knows where the next meal will come.

The freezer will hopefully help out for a while but my menu options might start to get a bit erratic.