Enjoying the freedom of home-ed

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Re-adjusting to life without school

The first few weeks of home-ed can be truly blissful. Free from the constraints of the school system, your time is now your own. Instead of the classroom, you can take a trip to the park and forage for insects or take a bus into town and visit a museum…it doesn’t really matter what you do, as long as it’s fun. You will enjoy this special time together. This is precious. It’s time you would not have had, had your child remained in the school system.  During this period which may be weeks or even months your child will probably begin to show an interest in things; take note. This is what will begin to form his own personalised curriculum (I use the word curriculum very lightly here. Please forget formal planning, textbooks, etc.) Continue reading

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Goodbye School

Why do things never go as planned?

WOMAN HOLDING SIGN SAYING: GOAL, PLAN , ACTION

Kai and I finally agreed that Monday 27th February would be his last day school. The plan was that he would go in for the day just to say goodbye. After realising he hadn’t done his homework, panic set in and he refused to go to school. We walked down the road to school together for the last time, Kai protesting the whole way; he was adamant that he would not be going in to face punishment for not doing his home-work on his last day.

Reclaiming our time

Once we handed in the deregistration letter to the reception we decided to go home. Kai didn’t want to stay, and that was fine by me.
I was happy to have given my son back time that would otherwise have been wasted in the classroom. We went home and got busy: we played on the piano together (something we haven’t done in a while), played pokémon and even drew up some home-ed ground rules-I felt we needed these; we went to the park, attempted some maths puzzles and made a dagger…

It feels really good to have given my son back his time and to watch him use it so creatively.

Note to self

Once again, I have to trust that everything will flow and look at what worked for us in the past. I must remember to find a balance between Kai’s needs and my own; as much as I talked about this last year, I didn’t really do it and ended up getting very stressed after about 6 months. This time round I’m very aware of the importance of tending to my own needs as a priority.

Next steps…

The next immediate step is to re-establish links within the home-ed community: we have checked out some of our old groups and activities both on and offline. When Kai was at home previously we immersed ourselves within the home-ed community quite quickly and this worked well for us. Making friends and being connected with others is a priority for us at this time. But Just as important, is making sure that we allow ourselves the time to relax into home-ed and forget school routines and practices.

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Home-educating on a budget

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I feel this is something I should have written ages ago.

Choosing to educate your children yourself is an honourable one. But finances can be severely stretched when one or both parents decide to stay at home. How do you make ends meet and successfully educate your kids without ending up in financial dire straits? There is a way. Continue reading

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Back at School–three months on

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Re-adjusting to life at school

It is amazing how quickly we have become immersed in the school system again. Monday to Friday revolves around school, homework and after-school activities—and so life rolls on. Kai has played his part well, for the most part, by getting in on time and doing his work, reluctantly, but getting it done. He has done well to re-integrate back at school: showing an interest in taking part in after school activities such as a bake sale to raise funds for a trip to Southend and even having a part in the Christmas play! Continue reading

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Looking ahead to Year 7

winding road

Applying for schools–just in time

While home-educating I hadn’t given much thought to secondary school; Kai was being home-educated and that was that. Kai’s return to school during his last year of junior school meant that we were now forced to think ahead to year 7 and what possible schools he may go to. I wasn’t prepared for the emotional pressure that rained down on me and neither was Kai. Continue reading

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The Problem with Food

someone eating messily

After a few health issues( exhaustion and inflammation in my bowel) I have become a lot more aware of what I put in my mouth. I read an excellent book by Dr Frank Lipman called ‘ Revive: End Exhaustion and Feel Great Again’.  He really opened my eyes as to the extent of toxins in our foods Continue reading

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Was Going Back to School a Mistake?

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School’s not so great after all

It hasn’t taken long for the novelty of being back at school to wear off and the reality of boring work and uninspiring teachers to resurface. I think Kai managed a week before he started complaining. By the  Monday of the second week, I had to get him out of bed and be on his heels until he was out of the door. I told myself that he needed time to settle in and that things would be fine; we’d made the right choice, or had we? I had planned to speak to the head teacher to discuss flexi-schooling: Kai would hopefully be allowed to attend for 3 or 4 days a week so we could continue in some way with our home-ed activities.

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