Wow! That’s all I can think! Time has flown. I didn’t update at all for the last half term before Christmas and here we are 6 months since we began our home ed journey. Most children are heading back to school following the Christmas break, I have seen my news feed full of mixed emotions of parents between being sad that their time with no school runs and lazy time spent chilling with their children is once again coming to an end in favour of routine…. to those who have once again been wound up and fed up by their small ones and who can’t wait for normality to return.
In our house not machine changes. Sure certain clubs resume for another term, Alana returns to her science class, sports, toddler group, gymnastics all start up again along with our fortnightly use of the adventure playground.
Both the children have decided that a little bit more structure is required to help us stay on track as last term we totally lost ourselves.
Josh thoroughly enjoyed learning so much about animals around the world and totally submerged himself in documentaries and books, but very little else. He is still very interested in animals but has opted to focus on evolution for a while, so will be going right back to prehistoric times. We are both fairly excited at this project.
Both the children have also shown great interest in learning more about the human body and nutrition, and we will be continuing with our maths and Spanish.
We had some great days last year, we visited London on two occasions making sure to see the tower of London poppies, the Christmas tree at trafalgar square and the south bank Christmas markets. We attended home ed Christmas parties and visited the historic dockyard in Portsmouth where the children took part on workshops around the Mary Rose and HMS Warrior.
This year looks set to be just as action packed. We have our not back to school bowling trip on Wednesday, Josh has a go karting session booked we have a trip to Shepreth wildlife park scheduled to include workshops and a visit to Lego land including a computer control workshop. That sees us through to May when we are off on holiday to Norfolk.
I find myself looking back over the last 6 months and seeing how far my children have come. My relationship with them is so much stronger, they have their moments like all kids do but generally their whole attitudes are so much better. I am aware of key triggers for Joshs melt downs so rather than us all being on eggshells most of the time I know what to look for, what to protect him from and when to step in. Most importantly I have met people and made friends with mums who know what I am dealing with and are helping me find the strength to address those issues. Admitting there was a problem was one of the hardest things, being forced to face it bought me tears but now we have come out stronger for it and are pushing for appropriate support and recognition.
Alana hasn’t had a single “sick day”….. my girl who was physically sick, tired yet not sleeping and generally unwell is bright and healthy again. It has been such a drastic turn around. It’s amazing to see.
As my maternity leave draws to an end I find myself dreading the inevitable return to work. It’s not something I want at all. Home ed was supposed to be an experiment to see how we get on until January, and now that time is here and I can’t imagine sending them back to a school. It just would not be right. And so I find myself on a search for work and income that can fit around the children. I have a couple of ideas up my sleeve but only time will tell. One thing I am sure of, this family will not be re entering the world of school runs, uniforms and stress again any time soon. We have far too much fun stuff planned!