There are a lot of good things that come out of hanging out in the study while we're all on our devices. It's not just the saving on heat and light in separate rooms. We show each other funny clips and talk about interesting ideas, recipes, and plans. Sometimes we watch a film together. It makes it easy for bear to let us know what's going on in his life. Apparently bear has been worried about the SATS that are coming up in May. He says that the school are always going on and on about the SATS. He's taken the SATS maths papers from former years in the past (over a year ago now!) and got 100%, but that doesn't seem to help his stress levels. He managed to get himself into a right state.
Bear is tired and I wouldn't be surprised if he wasn't coming down with whatever awful bug that I'm emerging from. I suspect that has made him a little more stressed than normal. However I can believe him when it comes to school's emphasis on the exams. The first school letter of this school year back in September emphasised that parents should not, under any circumstances, take children on holiday during SATS week. In the last few years bear has come home and told me all about the provisions being made for Yr 6 pupils taking SATS. It's a big deal and bear seems to feel under seige. If bear, who has no issues with confidence, is feeling like this, I wonder how the less confident and possibly less able pupils are feeling.
I'm glad he told us. It meant that DH and I could spend some time reassuring bear and generally talking him down. I'm trying to work out the best way to de-stress the poor lad and DH and I will have a few chats. We'll do some research and ask some questions. I suspect that bear will do fine once he's feeling a little more rested in himself.
In other matters, I've been watching some knitting YouTube videos and apparently you can get yarn made out of the shells of shrimp and lobster. It's in this video at around 36 minutes in. I like to think I have a good imagination, but I would never have looked at the picture below and thought it was a potential sweater, not even a fisherman's guernsey!