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Surviving Home Schooling



How is everyone getting on with home schooling?


Maybe this is something you already do but with the obvious exception of homework I have found it quite an adjustment to make to being fully responsible for my daughters school work.


Her school have been very good at communicating with all parents through the schools app, email and the website they are using for sending out the school work for each class. As well as on social media and phone calls to some families which included myself.


However, as much as all this communication is appreciated it has not been as good as my daughter been in class being taught by a qualified teacher. And I have found myself having very serious self doubts if I am possibly hindering my daughters educational development.


In all this I really do take my hat off to parents who are having to do their full time jobs at home and have to juggle home schooling for their kids. I am in the kind of fortunate position that due to the fact that I work for myself I can choose when I work. So I can concentrate on the school work. However, the flip side of that is that if I don't work on my business I won't make any money, where as employed parents should still get some sort of pay packet. And just to clarify I have not applied for government support as I do not meet the criteria for the support.


But through all these trials and self doubts on my part we have some how found some sort of routine that works for us. I let me daughter very much decide how much she wants to do each day and which tasks. And as long as she completes all the tasks from the school by the end of the week I'm happy.


There is one positive thing that has come out of this experience of home schooling, (well a few positives actually but there's one in particular) and that is it has affirmed to me that I made the right decision to send my daughter to school. That statement may sound like a strange one but once I explain the background you will hopefully understand.


My daughter was born with delayed development and dyspraxia both has meant she has always struggled to keep up in group settings. She is intelligent and enjoys learning but would get lost in a group at nursery. And even after an extra year at nursery I was still left worrying she would get lost in the big school. Although she was going to the school that the nursery was attached to so the staff knew her and were giving her the support she needed, there was still that worry.


Also I still recall a meeting I had with the school before she started p1 that none of us there (nursery staff, school teachers, child psychologist and myself) thought she would manage a full school day. And it was discussed that if needed we would apply to the local education board to get permission for Pippa to only attend school part time. The reason for this collective thinking was for 2 years she had struggled with a full week at nursery and that was only 9 am - 12 pm. So naturally none of us thought she would manage 5 days of 9 am - 3 pm, but to all of our pleasant amazement she has managed it no bother, with the only times she hasn't been to school being either because of medical appointments or due to illness.


And although this was a fantastic development I was still worried about her keeping up with her peers. I recall having a discussion with Pippa's nursery teacher before she had started school about the fact that I had been thinking about the possibility of home schooling her. However, the reason I had decided against this course was that although I would've been able to give Pippa all the one to one that she would need. I couldn't give help with her social development at home with just the two of us. That really was something she'd get at school.


And over the past few months not only have I seen her become more confident with the other kids in the playground (although she's still a quiet wee thing compared to a lot of the other kids). I've noticed her come on in leaps and bounds with her education as well.


However, I've always had this little niggle about if she would've been better being home schooled. But these past few weeks have confirmed to me that not only is it right for her to be in school because she has come on so far. But also because I may be good at helping Pippa with her homework and being a good mum, but I am not a teacher. I adore my daughter and often call her my princess but I realize that at the end of the day I would have let her down by home schooling, as she wouldn't be any where near as far on with her education.


Now please do not think I am saying that no one should home school, I am absolutely not. There are various reasons why people choose to home school their children and I take my hat off to them. It is not an easy job and I have the one certainty that sooner or later the schools will restart in some form.


To all my readers who are suddenly finding themselves being a teacher on top of everything else, you are doing a great job. And we will all get through this together.


Stay safe at home everyone.

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