A Break, Home Education and a Kitten.


It’s been a strange couple of weeks. I had a break from social media which also affected my blogging. I don’t know if the effect was direct or more because I just felt the need to spend less time online. Anyway, the break did me good and I had plenty of time to reflect. And to read and crochet 🙂

Half Term

Half term passed in a flash. I had to spend a day in hospital for treatment so Graham took the kids out. Then we had another day out at the Wildlife Conservation Centre. Then before I knew it, it was time to go back… well for the girls it was. We made a huge decision to keep the Little Man away from that school and now I am home educating him while we wait for a place at another school.

Home Education

This is not a new thing for me, both my older children were home educated for a while. And Star was for the eleven months she couldn’t go to school because of her operations and halo brace. (It was the fourth year anniversary of her cervical fusion yesterday.)  But, I did have home tutors provided for all of them.

I’m educating the Little Man myself and as I hope he will return to school I’m sticking with the Curriculum for his year. Last week we had a de-schooling week where he didn’t do much actual work, just a few activities like word searches and crosswords, and some crafts.

This week, however, we have a timetable of lessons to stick too. When it’s one to one you don’t need to spend all day on lessons which is good because it really is hard to keep him working, he gets distracted very easily. Yesterday we were learning about electronics from a science kit I bought and he loved it. So now I’m thinking of how I can make other lessons like English and Maths more interesting for him.

His reading is brilliant, he barely stumbles over a word, but he can’t read for long when he starts fidgeting and rushing the words. It’s a shame because I think he could really get lost in a book if he just showed a little patience. We’ll work on that.


Last week while browsing the local animal adoption centre, like I do frequently, I noticed they had a lot of kittens. Three families of them. I looked through all the photos and this one jumped out at me.

His name is Ash and I had to go and see him. He was with his four sisters and they were all so cute I just wanted to take them all home. But sadly, one cat is the limit at the moment and we thought a boy cat would be best.

We moved into this house, nearly five years ago, with four cats. Now we only have one, and bless her, she’s lonely. So we reserved Ash and went to pick him up yesterday. He is adorable! We now have to slowly integrate him into our family. We’ve not introduced him to Sabrina, our other cat, yet, so fingers crossed they get on (eventually.)


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  1. June 12, 2018 / 11:23 am

    It sounds like the home education is going well…
    Aww! Your new kitten it just adorable. I hope he settles in well! Good luck x

  2. June 12, 2018 / 12:45 pm

    I can see why you choose this little fellow – so cute! Home schooling sounds like it’s going well. Decades ago when I taught elementary school I was happy to get some boys reading anything – from a cereal box to a description of football. #keepingitreal

  3. June 12, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    I am glad home schooling is going well although it is a shame that your previous school let you down so badly.
    As for your kitten I am a little bit in love with him. What a beauty! I hope he gets on with your other cat and they become great friends #keepingitreal

  4. June 13, 2018 / 7:51 am

    Ash is gorgeous and there are so many learning opportunities in caring for pets. All the best with the home learning, it must be a relief to know you’ve done it before so little stress from that point of view. Half term holidays always fly by and I miss my son when he goes back to school. Hope your treatment is going well #keepingitreal

  5. June 18, 2018 / 4:29 pm

    Hi Anne, a break from social media can’t be anything but a good thing. I’m terrible at it really as I do find it tiring… And as for homeschooling your son, well done you for standing up and showing the school that you really aren’t happy. It is a shame though that your son is the one who has had to move, but I hope that his next school is so perfect for him he’ll never want to leave!… Ash is adorable! Just look at those green eyes, proper cats eyes. I do hope that Sabrina falls in love with him too, but as that probably won’t happen, I hope she tolerates him enough to make him feel accepted.

    Thank you for linking up with #keepingitreal and sharing your week.


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