I’ve been stuck in a bit of a rut lately, just about getting through the day, running between school, swimming, gymnastics, hockey, friend’s houses and trying to work in between. Feeling like everyone else is doing more, managing their time better, that I’m falling behind as everyone else moves onwards and upwards without me. I should be writing, planning, creating great content for Science Sparks, but somehow the day seems to disappear before I manage to focus, there is always something that needs doing more urgently and it’s frustrating. Science Sparks became a bit lost in a sea of fizzy, baking soda repetitiveness, which isn’t what I want it to be. I want to be making the ordinary, extraordinary. Taking simple questions the kids ask and turning them into a brilliant learning activity.
It took a weekend away to help be reset my expectations. Watching the kids laugh and smile as they ran in and out of the sea on a blustery November afternoon made me realise that it doesn’t matter if I never get my book finished, those happy little faces are all I need right now and what I should be doing it giving them as many of those experiences as I can and that by really focussing on them and listening to the questions they ask I can get all the inspiration for Science Sparks that I need.
Seeing these two, who usually argue constantly smile like this made my day, watching them giggle and laugh all weekend was amazing.
Seeing this boy find a new love of the sea and learning to surf was worth every second of the car sick filled journey down, a journey we’ll hopefully now do a bit more often, maybe I’ll even be brave enough to take them snowboarding, after 9 years it’s probably about time I rediscovered my own love of being on a board.