Class is in session with Hannah O'Brien

This week marked the end of spring break though the only thing to remind me of that was the date on the calendar. 

During spring break I let my daughter run wild. There was unlimited screen time and awesome snacks. We played games, went to the parks, went on nature walks – it was a lot of fun. However, I knew that for both of us, our days needed to change a bit. We both feel better when we have some semblance of a routine, and school was going to have to be a part of that routine.

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My dad always gently suggested I look into teaching as a career, I always resisted. He’d cite all the reasons teaching is a fantastic career, and I’d retort with “but there are other people’s kids there,” and that ended the conversation. But now I get to teach my child grade one French immersion. Resources are coming from the district, but until they do, I have been left to my own devices.  Turns out there are tons of home schooling resources on the good ole interweb.

A teacher friend of mine suggested I visit Teachers Pay Teachers ( website with an endless amount of paid and free teaching resources.  A quick sign up and you have access to a plethora of materials. Pinterest has also proven to be very valuable in locating worksheets, activity books, and educational games.  Each day we set aside around an hour to do our school work. We change out of our PJ’s, brush our hair and teeth, and get to work.

While I know being a full-time educator is not something I want to do, I am enjoying this time with my daughter.  I’ll admit that at first I was feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of home schooling. I figured we would butt heads and one, or both of us, would end up in tears of frustration.  However, she’s told me she’s enjoying our school hour. School hour has shown me the side of education that my Dad was talking about; it’s rewarding to watch her learn something, particularly from me. I look forward to finding new materials and projects for us to work on every day. I think part of the reason its working is because I’m trying to keep it light and easy. If one or both of us don’t have the energy that day, we don’t do it. If she isn’t enjoying an activity or lesson, we don’t do it.

If the full hour is too much, or not enough, you guessed it – we don’t do it. Happily, it turned out that our school hour has been good for both of us, but I am looking forward to school (and life) being re-instated.

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