Hey there blog readers!
I know that I have not posted in almost a week. Things have been a bit busy around here, and I suspect that they will continue to be for the next week or so. However, I thought it would be good to give an update on what we have been up to in the last week:
UPDATE ON HOMESCHOOLING
This has really kept me busy most of this week. But, gosh! Though it has been quite challenging, it has also been soooo fulfilling. On the first day, we did the classes in 15 minute spells, taking breaks of 15 minutes after each class. By Friday, my son was enjoying himself so much that he wanted to keep doing more and more lessons.
Once, when I refused (this was after like 3 worksheets back to back), Mr. O asked why I was rationing the lessons. I explained to him that I needed the breaks as much as our son did too. Those 15 minute breaks, though less frequent than on Day 1, help me get some other stuff done. Until I fully find my rhythm, I use the breaks to cook, clean up, read, catch up on the blog, rest etc.
However, I am so happy and proud that my son is enjoying home school under my teaching. I am motivated to continue and to improve on our schedule and content. While we were able to do all the planned worksheets, we did not complete as much of the Bible as we intended to. Thus, in this new week, we have to be more deliberate about our planning and scheduling to make sure that the Bible learning does not fall through the cracks again.
A FRIENDLY ENCOUNTER
So during the week last week, my son and I went for an afternoon walk. We had barely left the house when a neighbour (a 60 something year old French guy who was working on his car in his garage) beckoned us over to come and take pears from his garden. He then disappeared into his garden and came out with about 10 pears for my son. As if he knew that the little guy as a fruiti-vore!
He proceeded to stuff them all into my son’s tee-shirt to make a “pear belly” as he called it. We had to tuck in his tee into his shorts first though. He told us that this was how his friends and him would carry their loot from the garden home in his childhood days.
The neighbour told us that he also had cherry, and he essentially supplied the street cherry for their jam or jelly as they call it. My son was soo happy and excited to show his dad his pear belly. We thanked the neighbour and rushed home to show Mr. O. When I think back about that incident, there are like 4 major things that stick out to me as being in stark contrast to my beloved Nigeria.
I am not bashing Nigeria (that is not my intention at all). I am just constantly aware of some of the differences between here and there. BTW, these differences also make adapting quite challenging to be honest.
NIGERIA VS. CANADA
- Run…..or not? In Nigeria, if an old man calls you, your first instinct is to run. This is most often the smart thing to do. However here in Canada, I somehow felt safe following the man to his garden. We waited on the street though, while he went into the garden. In Nigeria, I never even answer strange people when they call, as I have heard stories of people being entranced from the moment they opened their mouths to respond. lol.
- Neighbours share! Honestly, later that day, we were standing in front of the house and the next door neighbour came to ask for some home made jam from our landlord. Her son dashed into the house and came out with a mason jar of freshly made jam. At the same time, a lady from across the street brought another jar to give the same neighbour. In Nigeria, for all our good intentions, several unfortunate and evil incidences have made us all very careful and cautious in receiving and giving help. Even if we had to offer, we would hesitate to do so, before someone would later accuse one of poisoning them.
- The people here in Canada mostly have what I call “free mind”. This is a state of believing the world and the people therein are good, until they prove themselves to be otherwise. In Nigeria, we have been trained to be the total opposite – believing that everyone is evil, till proven innocent. With religion though, one must learn to ignore all of that, and instead believe in God Almighty, the one who is “greater than the greatest” *in my Daddy G. O. voice*. How else can we navigate life if we are constantly running scared, even when no one is chasing us?
- They make jam! Seriously? Who makes jam? What happened to the N300 or N400 jam that is sold in the supermarkets in Nigeria? Our apartment came furnished, and with cooking utensils and dinnerware. I saw some mason jars in the cupboard and could only think of using it for my homemade smoothies. Storing jam in them was definitely not one of the uses I envisaged I would put them to! Lol! However, clearly here, that is their number 1 use. To be fair, cherries, strawberries, etc do not grow in Nigeria so making jam from those fruits is really not realistic. But we could make orange jam? What do you guys think?
UPDATE ON DRIVE TEST
We initially planned to take the test on Monday last week, then we pushed it to Tuesday and then just pushed it out indefinitely. We instead spent last week focusing on our new business venture, as well as homeschooling our son. I am not sure when we will take the test tbh, but I hope to get it out of the way fairly soon, before I forget all that I have read. Lol!
Mr. O has read the handbook and has suggested that I do too. Not for the purpose of the test, but to ensure that we are fully aware of all the road rules before we start driving. I started reading the handbook last week but I probably stopped on page 30. I guess that is how I will spend my breaks during school this new week. Lol!
UPDATE ON HOUSE HUNTING
Today we went for our first viewing. We hope to put in an application for this tomorrow. We love the house and the neighbourhood. It also has 2 of Ottawa’s best schools in its area. We confirmed that the house would give us eligibility to attend these schools by putting the address into the Ottawa School District Board School Locator.
This is a very useful tool by the way. For those intending to come to Ottawa, I suggest you use it when house hunting. Other cities have their own school locators. You could use Google to search for this.
WRAPPING IT ALL UP
In this new week, I hope we are focusing on house hunting and improving our home schooling schedule. Hopefully, we will also find time to sit for the knowledge test. As always, I will update you guys soon with hopefully good news on all fronts by God’ grace.
Have a great week everyone. May God bless you all!