So, Joe is now home. Although we had hoped he would finish the term (the end of this week) he had been having a run of tricky days at school and once we told him of our decision he really didn't want to go back. I guess I could have made him go in, but I didn't see the point in sending him in miserable and potentially disrupting the whole class. So, as of Monday 19th March, Joe is officially a home-schooler. We popped in to his class on the Wednesday afternoon to say "goodbye" and got a lovely card - all the children in his class had drawn a picture and written messages of "good luck" & " we will miss you!" which was really touching. We are taking things pretty easy to start with. I know there is going to be quite a period of transition, getting into a routine and finding our rhythm. Trying to find the right balance. As expected, and despite me telling him quite firmly otherwise, I think he thinks it is going to be one big long holiday. But I am trying to get him to do a little bit every day, to keep him in the habit. The thing with Joe is that, whilst he loves learning, information, knowledge, he really struggles with the basic stuff - writing, spelling and basic maths - stuff that you really have to learn. (His reading, thank goodness, is absolutely fine so at least that's one less thing to worry about!) So I am spending a huge amount of time researching resources and websites, ordering books, trying to find ways to make it fun for him (or at least fun enough for him to tolerate - we've already discounted one maths website that I thought was great but he absolutely hated!) I've joined several home-ed groups and already been along to one meet up at a soft play centre - everyone was really nice and we had the place to ourselves! And Joe has already been invited back for a play with one of the children we met there! So, the social side of things is looking good too (something that I was quite anxious about)
I think the key will be to keep things fun and creative and then, hopefully, the other stuff will come naturally in time. And hopefully, I will find some time to start creating again too.