I’ve been a bit quiet recently on here and on social media and that’s partly because I’ve had an awful flu type bug and partly because things have changed a bit around here.
Today was the first official day of homeschooling my teenager. For various reasons he has been extremely unhappy at school for a very long time and he’s also been falling behind academically.
We decided that we needed to draw a line under it and do what was best for him and remove him from school. His little brother is still at the school he’s left and he really likes it there, so will be staying.
Despite talking the idea over with Si constantly recently and worrying to start with that we were doing the right thing, I know we are now. Seeing how much happier he is already, the huge amount of work I’m undertaking to support him in this way is more than worth it.
We’re still finding our feet and since the final decision was made suddenly in the end, I am still planning exactly what we’ll be studying/doing and how and when. Although he is already working hard, as I’ve been very clear that he hasn’t finished schooling, only the location and the ‘teacher’ has changed ha!
I’m feeling really positive about it all and a major stress has been lifted from the household. If anyone has any home education tips or knows of fantastic resources for years 10 and 11, then do feel free to be lovely and let me know! I’ve already found a lot online, especially for maths. BBC Bitesize is going to be a huge help as well.
One unexpected bonus of me now homeschooling (and him being home for a while beforehand), is that I’ve lost quite a bit of weight already. It turns out that I can’t lie to myself about how much I’m eating when there’s someone else home to witness my secret snacking…
I am still going to be running my blog and trying to juggle everything, but I’ll be mostly working during his lunch break, in the evenings and during the school holidays – which he is definitely still having when his brother does.
Anyway, wish us luck – hopefully we won’t need it!