Thursday, April 06, 2017

Tutoring Is Going Well

My nephew and I have been spending a couple of hours each day doing some school work. It's tough to get him to focus on the exercises, but I downloaded Sebran's ABC software to teach him Afrikaans and for us to increase his vocabulary. The software was new to him, and he was curious, so we had fun.

For Lifeskills, we had a short chat about his strengths, and it was weird hearing a 7-year old say he doesn't have any strengths.He was very surprised when we came up with a list of personality strengths and he could identify some them as qualities he does have.

We spent the rest of the morning watching the movie Trolls, and singing and dancing to the soundtrack. The music is nostalgic and fun and the plot is very interesting.  I wish I could write just as well.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

The A to Z Challenge To Promote A Book - IWSG April Post

I'd forgotten how exhausting taking care of kids all day can be. I took my sister's boys to the park adjacent to our complex and we had  lot of fun racing, though I must admit it felt like I was chasing them.

I wanted to wear them out and while I succeeded, I was also worn down to a nub. Then we went home to watch Spiderman and Batman movies. They dressed up in Spderman and Batman costumes, though we had problems keeping Micah in character. So many times we had to remind him that he was Batman, not Maori, because he constantly interrupted the movie to practice a haka. They are now collapsed on the floor watching Storks (The animated movie) while I  type this blog post.

Anyhoo, the past couple of weeks have been going well. My medical team have given me an all-clear and discharged me from lung treatment. I was a bit nervous about that, probably because psychologically I'd gotten used to taking the pills and thought I needed them. "How was I going to function without them,"  I asked the nurse. She reminded me that the medication was supposed to fix what was wrong with me, and once that was done, my body could function on its own without them. I suppose the fact that I'm able to chase the boys is proof-positive that my body is mended and can function without an influx of drugs.

So to answer the question for this month's edition of the Insecure Writers' Support Group: Have you taken advantage of the annual A to Z Challenge in terms of marketing, networking, publicity for your book? What were the results?

The answer to that is no, I haven't. Not yet. I've done the A to Z Challenge, but not to market or promote any particular book. I am looking forward to doing that though, when Roundafire starts releasing my children's books.

Friday, March 17, 2017

A New Challenge

Source: Tutorrise
A conversation with my sister yesterday gave me a fresh appreciation for mothers who work outside the home.

My sister, who has two boys under the age of 10, has a demanding job as a project administrator for an IT company and one of her boys is struggling with schoolwork.

She was trying to work out a possible plan to assist him but she doesn't have the time, as she leaves for work just after five in the morning and arrives home just before dinner.

Anyhoo, I couldn't see how she could manage  to change her schedule and still deliver what her job demands. Her schedule is hideous, in my book. I was fortunate that my own work could be flexible and I was able to go freelance when Baby was still young and needed me. Sure, the lack of  regular salary affected us, but I was still able to work and be there for her. My sister's job requires her to be at the office during working hours and her responsibilities require a few extra hours. So she has less opportunity to be flexible. Sadly, this is the challenge many working mothers have to face.

So trying to lighten her load a little bit, I volunteered to tutor Nephew4 with subjects he struggles with if my own schedule allows. I don't know whether I'm an appropriate solution for the problem, but having worked in educational publishing for so long and developed educational material for the current CAPS curriculum, I thought I could apply some of the principles I learnt along the way. Also, my university training included Education methodologies, though it's been so long since those days I don't know if I still remember the stuff.

Anyhoo, today I have some planning to do so Nephew4 and I start work on Monday.

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