Schools Start Back Today

22 Jan

…But does this desk seem to say to you, “She’s all ready to start today”?


No, I didn’t think so either.

Some of those books are school books though,

but many of them aren’t.

Some are books that people have borrowed and returned

and I still haven’t squeezed back onto my bookshelves.

People, when you return, you must borrow more or it creates a shelf-shortage!

At present I’m drowning in books

(Hmmm…what a way to go!)

and they are spilling over onto my desk.

Yesterday I decided to go and buy two new book baskets to try and corral the overflow,

but I came home with no new book baskets

and, instead, a brand new tyre.

Oh the damage a little rock or bolt can do when you drive over it at 110km/h.

So, suffice it to say that my desk is not school-ready,

neither is my head.

Hang on, I have done some work towards starting school.

Before the tyre debacle, I went down to Officeworks,

and fought my way through the school parents

(I need a medal for that alone!)

to buy the boys two graphing calculators for Math.


I did feel faint at the cash register,

handing over what seemed like my life savings,

(and, yes, I did say that I bought TWO),

but the purchase made Ethan the happiest boy on the planet.


He loves all things techie

and a calculator that is more like a computer

was right up his alley.


I don’t even know how to switch the thing on

and Ethan is already writing little computer programs on it!

So, see, I am a good homeschool Mummy.

I’ve bought books, lots of books,

I’ve put a second mortgage on the house to buy two fancy electronic abacuses

and I’ve even printed up my homeschool planner for the year.


But, it just seems too early to be returning to school.

Don’t you agree?

I mean, wasn’t it just Christmas last week.

We’re not ready to go back.

Okay I’M not ready to go back.

So shoot me. We are taking another week off school and starting next week.

Plus, we have 150 pages of our Noah Webster biography to finish reading,

so, when I say we are taking the week off,

I mean that we are sitting around reading aloud from a history biography,

which means we are technically doing school anyway.

Oh this homeschooling life.  It just seeps into real life when you aren’t looking.



5 responses to “Schools Start Back Today

  1. Tracy Kelly

    January 23, 2018 at 5:56 am

    HI Tracey, I bought my two boys the same calculators this time last year…yes two of them, so I totally get you…and they have been very happy with them so far, they seem to be able to do whatever they need to on them once they worked them out, which wasn’t too tricky at all.

    • Tracey

      January 23, 2018 at 6:01 am

      Oh good. There’ll be company in the poor house. 🙂

  2. Keri

    September 13, 2018 at 6:33 am

    Hi there Tracey. Is your planner available to be downloaded? I love the look of it, nice work! Cheers

    • Tracey

      September 16, 2018 at 11:16 am

      Hi Keri, I do have a PDF of my planner that I can share but at present I’m away from home for a few weeks. We’re on holidays so I don’t have access to my files. If you contact me via email I’ll send it to you as soon as we get home.

      • Keri

        September 17, 2018 at 11:33 pm

        Thankyou so much, you’re a sweetheart! Happy holidays!


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