This time last year the children were still in school. And they were miserable. The daily tears, the tummy aches, the sleepless nights and bad dreams. Since then a lot has changed. We made the decision to remove them from school permanently and educate them at home. It was a scary and exciting decision. The first few weeks we just breathed a massive sigh of relief, spent time together and met with other home educators.
It was wonderful watching the children learn to be children again. To let go of their stress and anxieties, and getting to know them and their interests.
Whilst they were in school we tried to fit things in to weekends and holidays, and invariably ran out of time. This year we’ve managed to do things we’ve wanted to do and even better, do them when everyone else was at school and it was quiet.
We’ve been to country parks, theme parks and swing parks. We’ve seen explosive science shows, and Steve Backshall. We’ve played in the snow, in the trees and in rivers. We’ve been to the library many, many times, and we’ve read book upon book.
We’ve woken up in the middle of the night to watch the moon turn red. We’ve cooked and hosted dinner parties. We’ve watched 1st hand the life cycle of a butterfly. We’ve welcomed a new cousin, two guinea pigs, and two dogs to the family. We also lost our dear Willow, the dog of my teen years, my parents dog.
We’ve made so many new friends of all ages. Spent hours and hours socialising. Real socialising, not half an hour in lunch break or the odd whisper during class. The sort of socialising when you spend hours running around together, playing, talking, inventing, creating, and truly mixing with others. We’ve been able to include Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles in the children’s education and spend quality time with them.
We’ve learnt so much, me included. We’ve learnt about animals, the Tudors, and the solar system. We’ve grown vegetables, and plants and learnt how to use them medicinally.
We’ve hand fed birds, and held snakes and spiders. We’ve painted and drawn, made models and crafted. We’ve flown kites, baked, run, swam, coloured, climbed and decorated.
We have done so much and we are much happier. Of course we have off days and bad days, everyone does. On the whole though life is so much better for all of us. So here’s to never going back to school!