Free Printable- Kids Covid19 Home School Timetable

The world is reeling from a virus that is sweeping through populations. Aside from my own thoughts about this, political, ecological and more, many of us are now facing home schooling our children for the near future.

As a former teacher and a very organised Virgo I wanted to contribute something that might make life a little easier?? Or not? We can but try.

Full disclosure, I spotted this timetable in an article on Mom Trends (find the useful article here), whom I believe originally found it in Black Parenting Magazine. I just wanted to make a version that is a little easier on the eye.

It’s not perfect- there are a couple of typos, and I took a couple of shortcuts creating it, but wanted to get this done quickly, just to get it out there. Click on Download to get the PDF version. If I update it/improve it will share again here.

Best of luck, we are all in this together. A moment in history that is literally changing the world as I type. Its okay to cry if you need to, its okay to have fun still too. Just do the best you can and don’t panic buy please!

Let me know if you use this timetable and if you need to chat, I’m on email at the envelope icon above and on social @susanearlam

Also- if you want to sign up to my monthly letters, you get;

  • free access to my download library
  • a letter from me at the end of each month with some great resources and things I’ve enjoyed or found helpful
  • AND I promised to run a giveaway too for my subscribers this month so I’ll be going ahead with that as planned

New download library

I’ve created a section of the website for those who subscribe to my monthly letters.

Its a password access resource library and is home to downloads that I have created and used in my life. I thought you might find them useful too!

Currently within the library is;

  • A blog post checklist
  • A downloadable set of vouchers for thrifty giving
  • My Blogging & Beyond presentation for Altrincham Word Festival 2019
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An example of one of the vouchers
Screen shot from the presentation

Sign up to my monthly letters and you will receive the password for these resources. If you are already a subscriber then look out for the next newsletter!

If there are any other downloads you’d like to see from me then please get in touch!

Gladstone’s- the library you can sleep in

This blog post is way overdue (excuse the pun) but I’m still so excited to share with you my solo trip to Gladstone’s library, last October.

Writing desk in my room at Gladstone's library
The desk in my room

First up, this is a paid-for trip. A birthday gift from my husband. A weekend away, by myself, meals cooked for me, allergies catered for, as many books as I can read, silence if I wanted it, conversation with interesting strangers if I wanted it. Literally, one of the best birthday gifts ever.

At around 45 minutes from my door to library reception, this library where you can sleep is something I wished I’d tried sooner. Just outside of Chester, tucked away in the village of Hawarden, it is so much closer than I’d thought.

Gladstone's library exterior

I discovered, The Good Life Experience Festival is based here, which is run by the descendants of William Gladstone and the current Gladstone family live across the way from the library, splitting their time between the Hawarden castle estate, Scotland and London.

It’s in London where they run another business I’ve known about for a while but hadn’t realised the connections; vintage. Pedlar’s Market and Cafe to be exact. When I discovered all this information it made me feel like my path had always meant to bring me to this library.

Inside the reading rooms at gladstone's library near chester
Library selfie with the timer on my phone

I have to say I had a magical two nights at Gladstone’s. My room was on the ground floor and large, with the obligatory bookish wallpaper, desk and reading lamps. Situated just moments walk from the cafe area which caters brilliantly for every diet you can think of. From the windows in my room, I could see the nearby church and when the bells rang on the Sunday before I left, I knew that I would return.

sleeping with books at gladstone's library
Sleeping with books

The library itself is vast and there is a huge collection of books. With 26 desks you can choose to sit and read or work on something. There are a lot of writers here, from all walks of life. There are set meal times and this is when the opportunity arises to share a table and chat with strangers.

Whilst there, I got chatting with a couple who were hosting their annual writers group get together. I also had fascinating conversations with members of the clergy and with people from all over the world; if you are looking for character inspiration, random conversations make a great starting point!

So what did I do there?

  • I planned another novel.
  • I read lots.
  • I finished another read-through and mark-up of my own novel on my Kindle, amazing how a different screen and method of reading helps you see the tiny mistakes.
  • I wandered the graveyard and the village of Hawarden.

On the way home, I called in at Hawarden Castle Estate shop, I was blown away by the vast choice and quality of the stuff on sale. The cafe even had vegan cake, which of course I had to try. Highly recommend a visit if you are staying at Gladstone’s.

Guess what I got for Christmas? Another weekend away at Gladstone’s, I cant wait!

hawarden castle estate shop
Rainbow over the Hawarden Estate shop and Gladstone’s just beyond- magic!
Pumpkin season
Pumpkin season

Resilience & Revolution

Hello to a new decade, hello to a new year. Hello to YOU!

Resilience & Revolution are my words for 2020, I couldn’t choose one!

My shortlist looked like this;

  • Reign
  • Strength
  • Persist
  • Resilience
  • Tenacity
  • Revolt
  • Revolution

There’s a bit of a theme isn’t there?

This is only the second time I’ve done this, last year’s word was THRIVE, and I believe I did, read more on that here.

words of the year ~ 2020

Resilience because, I need it. I believe we all need it at the moment, with the upheaval collectively. But, personally, I need it because I must keep going with my writing and submitting. Yes, I’m beginning to get rejections for the novel from agents, but its not so much the rejections (although, ouch) but the waiting to hear SOMETHING. ANYTHING.

So, I’ll continue writing my shorter stuff alongside the longer stuff (hello, second book) because these give me the endorphin boost I need to tackle the bigger projects.

Revolution (also another for the collective) because I plan to abandon the old ways of doing certain things, and I feel like 2020 is the start of a new era. Revolution feels very personal, like a mindset thing. Rising above some things, and approaching others in a new way; A different way of operating.

This may all sound pretty cryptic, and apologies if it does but I’m feeling my way into the new year, and these two words, I believe, will be my themes.

Do you have a theme/word for 2020?

If you want to try this idea, here are two resources;

Read some of my short Fiction here.

word of the year
word(s) of 2020

Reflecting on my word of 2019

Hello! Its that time of the year again and I’m looking back at 2019, specifically my word of the year THRIVE.

I chose Thrive at the start of 2019 for my word of the year, because I wanted to use it as something to aim for. I was focused on the wellbeing side of it; the physical ways I can care for myself, along with the mental and spiritual side.

tarot for writers nervous system thrive and growth
Thrive- sustain and nurture.

It turns out, thriving can only be done if you are really taking care. Like a plant, we need the right conditions to grow and thrive. I’ve strived to create the right conditions for myself this year. At times its been hard, because 2019 has also been about discovering what those right conditions are.

But, this isn’t rocket science, its about listening to my intuition, listening when my body is trying to tell me something. Knowing I’ll feel better if I lie down for ten minutes in a quiet room. Knowing when I need a break from writing or creating and not feeling guilty for taking one. Knowing if I need a walk to see the sky or exercise to kick start my digestion.

I’ve focused more on editing and writing and reading than ever before. I’ve been published for some of my Flash Fiction, I’ve given talks on my journey from blogger to budding author. (Find link to those things here). I’ve helped people sort out their blogs and advised on where best to put effort in, and where not. I hope I’ve helped other Thrive too.

So, what is my word for 2020? I’ve a few ideas, I need to work through them and decide. Do you use a word for each year? I find it helps me focus and it gives me a theme to revisit if I’m flailing.