Missing the structure of the school day?

(36 Posts)
HellesBelles396 Tue 23-Jul-13 10:22:17

Hipe you've clicked on because you are because, for some reason I am! Otherwise, feel free to tell me to get a life!

As a result, I have split the day into the four periods we have at school and assigned a group of tasks to each one - otherwise I'll spebd all holidays lying around reading.

It's currently break time so I am sitting outside in the garden with a cuppa but period one was exercise and shower (PE!) and next period is household management (ie cleaning, bills, etc). P3 is science (ie lesson planning) and p4 is enrichment (whatever hobby I'm in the mood for - currently making a top).

So I was wondering if anyone else does this when they have nothing planned (possibly less rigidly than I have!).

rosabud Tue 23-Jul-13 11:47:21

otherwise I'll spebd all holidays lying around reading.

It's the first day!! Lie around and spend all your time reading!!! (I am!)

willow777 Tue 23-Jul-13 12:03:23

I fully intend to spend the hols lying around reading smile

Auntfini Tue 23-Jul-13 12:07:53

Oh gosh! Can't believe you're lesson planning! I'm ignoring the pile of work in the corner and watching tv

bigTillyMint Tue 23-Jul-13 12:09:09

Not on holiday yet, but I definitely won't be structuring my days as if I was at workgrin

way2serious Tue 23-Jul-13 12:13:23

Am afraid I do something similar and plan out what I want to achieve each day both school work and housework and social / relaxing. Otherwise I find the six weeks have gone and I hav achieved nothing. I also go into school a fair bit to catch up. I am a head so have loads of paperwork etc to sort and my office needs a clear out.

HellesBelles396 Tue 23-Jul-13 16:31:22

Thanks Way2Serious, I was starting to worry it was just me!

Most days we have plans for at least part of the day and they take priority over the schedule but it really seems to allow me to enjoy the time I do sit and chill far more if I know I have done the other things and structuring my day helps me get everything done.

I'm planning a new scheme of work AuntFini so it will take a fair bit of time and the HoD is checking it as I do it so I need to crack on. An hour a day isn't too bad.

Inclusionist Tue 23-Jul-13 16:40:32

Nah, I'm gonna lay about. grin

TwasBrillig Tue 23-Jul-13 16:48:24

Do you all have kids? Or is it than when they're older you can spend the day reading bliss

Auntfini Tue 23-Jul-13 16:50:31

Oh hellesbelles you poor thing! I'm starting at a new school in September so I do actually have a lot to organise but I'm trying to ignore it.

Inclusionist Tue 23-Jul-13 16:53:04

I'm going to lay about whilst allowing my three year old to become feral.

HellesBelles396 Tue 23-Jul-13 17:02:46

Yes ds is 12 and wants to play basketball or on his bike with his friends (we live in a village with a large park in the middle so it's very safe). He wants nothing to do with me while the sun's shining and his friends are around.

Don't feel sorry for me AuntFini having a pattern to my days makes it much easier to do what I need to do and then relax. It suits me to get all the tasks out of the way while ds is playing and then relax all evening when he wants to spend time with me. Cribbage is quite the thing in our house just now smile

HellesBelles396 Tue 23-Jul-13 17:07:04

Inclusionist in my experience, 3yo's need direction to have fun - you've a while to go to achieve a lower-maintenance child. Summer holidays then were masses of sunscreen, garden toys in the shady parts of the garden and frequent frozen fruit juice cubes. It was a good summer. Pavement chalks and buckets of water are a must. Sitting grinning remembering as that summer is very clear in my mind.

TwasBrillig Tue 23-Jul-13 17:09:51

Ooh frozen fruit ice cubes -genius! We've spent most of today making a mess in the garden and then turning sitting room into soft play!

HellesBelles396 Tue 23-Jul-13 17:42:36

I'm enjoying seeing ds become a young man (when he's not in a huff- my family is cursed with early but lengthy puberties!) but I do miss those summers before he started school when an hour-long game could be based around a leaf or a worm and painting the house with mud was totally engrossing. Naptimes in the sun-tent were lovely too. DS is just not as snuggly now - the longest cuddle is about 10 seconds. He is much better at telling jokes now though.

Bluebell99 Tue 23-Jul-13 17:49:40

Lol. My fil was a college lecturer and when my dh was a teen he used to have a planner and timetable for every day of the holidays with lesser roles for my dh . Ie fil up the ladder clearing gutter, dh at the bottom catching the crud that came out. Ditto hedge cutting, fil hedge cutting, dh collecting up the pieces.grin he died last summer, we miss him.

HellesBelles396 Tue 23-Jul-13 18:24:34

And did dh turn out to be equally conscientious?

Bluebell99 Tue 23-Jul-13 18:37:10

Not really, no. I think, his dad's attitude could be rather domineering and critical, so at household tasks, he never really gets round to doing them, but career wise, he has been very successful. He doesn't like to waste time, so likes to plan ahead and fit lots into a day. I think I should take a leaf out of your book though. I am overwhelmed by things I need to do, but don't want to, and then I also don't get round to doing the things I do want to do.

HellesBelles396 Tue 23-Jul-13 19:27:32

BlueBell99 that is exactly it. You've put it much better than I have.

Of course, between family, friends and Active Northumberland (a council initiative - free sports sessions for children), the days will whizz by anyway!

deleted203 Tue 23-Jul-13 21:23:40

Crikey...

We broke up today and I intend to sleep for the next week, if possible. (Unlikely, as I have kids).

Then, if the sunshine continues, I intend to spend the next 5 weeks on the beach with smallest DS and pals. I do not intend to do anything useful at all in the way of work. Or housework. We will probably eat chips. And candyfloss.

HellesBelles396 Wed 24-Jul-13 07:13:42

SoWornOut that sounds fun!

katydid02 Wed 24-Jul-13 07:24:31

Oh heavens, no. We are still at work anyway sad
After that, the five weeks (not six, boohoo) can go in a blur of fun and no routines smile

HellesBelles396 Wed 24-Jul-13 07:42:39

Which county is still at school?

bigTillyMint Wed 24-Jul-13 07:57:00

Many schools in London boroughs finish today, Yay!

HellesBelles396IsDeeplyUncool Wed 24-Jul-13 10:49:46

As late as this? And I hear it's really hot down there. Congrats that the last day of term has finally arrived all londoners!!

Bluebell99 Wed 24-Jul-13 13:41:34

My dd is still at school in West Berkshire. My ds also West Berkshire broke up on Friday.

Inclusionist Wed 24-Jul-13 16:17:46

I finished a couple of hours ago! Yeeeeeha!

katydid02 Wed 24-Jul-13 17:24:42

Parts of the midlands were still at school until today and somebody else i know doesn't break up until tomorrow.

HellesBelles396IsDeeplyUncool Wed 24-Jul-13 20:23:47

Fantastic! Welcome to summer inclusionist. Time to get your beach bag packedsmile

fengirl1 Wed 24-Jul-13 20:29:36

I take great joy in not wearing a watch when I'm on holiday. It really pleases me not to have to time anything to the minute and I'm happy to sit around doing nothing if I feel like it (and can).....
Next year's planner and first lesson are already sorted out so I can truly forget about work and chill out. smile

LizzieVereker Wed 24-Jul-13 20:38:32

I broke up today, yay!!! I am starting a new school in Sep, so don't have much to do in the hols for once grin. I had a lovely last day at my current school, feeling very blessed.

I can already feel my body going into it's "first two days of the holiday shutdown special", whereby I get weird sneezless flu. And then recover grin grin

Happy holiday, everyone! thanks wine

2kidsintow Wed 24-Jul-13 20:40:25

Monday and Tuesday I went into work to do things to be prepared for Sept. I've discovered Pinterest and LOADS of brilliant ideas that I wanted to do, plus a few organisational things that I wanted to do too, to make my life easier next year.

Today, we lay in and then went to a local woodland park for a walk, picnic, clay modelling art and an ice cream. smile

Tomorrow is opticians and signing up the kiddies to the library reading quest for the summer.

I start off with good intentions for the hols of lots of jobs to do, then lose interest steam in the second week of the holiday and then just chill out.

I have a holiday planner though - with appointments, plans of when to go to our caravan, fixed dates that have been booked to do different things etc.

LuvMyBoyz Wed 24-Jul-13 21:13:23

I love my school routine and am quite lost without it. I will be going back in quite gladly to sort the office out. One of my colleagues has decided to come and help! You all feel so differently about working in the holidays.

Here in Norfolk we only broke up yesterday. Hoorah! Exhausted beyond belief. We're having a chill day today but I like some structure now that I have children to occupy. Pre DCs I'd happily sit around doing nothing. No such luck now!wink

cardibach Sat 27-Jul-13 22:27:59

I love not having a routine. I sort of have a loose plan that I put together in the morning while lying in bed of what I would like to do before the end of the day (sometimes that is just to read, though smile ).
Even then I don't stress if it isn't getting done.
The best thing about the holidays is not having to stick to a timetable.

Euphemia Sat 27-Jul-13 22:33:40

I spent most of the first 2-3 weeks studying and lesson planning, but I'm getting P1 for the first time so I needed to bring my skills up to date!

We were away last week so I did nothing. smile

Next week I will be sorting out my study, and I'll hopefully have one or two days sorting out my classroom before I'm back to work on 12th August.

I am loving lazy starts to the day - not a morning person!

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