Education, Home and School.

Last week I was talking about holiday planning and how my family wanted to go to Butlins rather than a Haven holiday camp next year. After educating ourselves, we have decided that due to the lack of destinations of Butlins camps (I’m sure there used to be more) and the increased cost, we are going to stick with Haven. Huge sigh of relief from me! Now we just have to decide where to go, we are thinking maybe Cornwall this time.

This week the focus has been mainly education. It was the girl’s first full week back after the holiday and they have been getting on great. Star has had a few nerves, but she was relieved once she was back in the SEN group. Her main disappointment was being moved down a set in science, one of her favourite subjects that she tries really hard in. I have told her not to worry, just work hard and she’ll get moved back up.

Poor Boo is in so many of the lower sets. She does struggle with learning, but she is determined and works really hard. I have told her that with her attitude to learning she will soon pick it up and move on up in the groups. I will even help her to improve her education at home if she wishes. However, despite her excellent attitude at school, her home learning leaves much to be desired.

Home School

The Little Man has surprised me this week as he has done so much learning with so little complaint. Usually, it’s a struggle to get him off the laptop. Once he’s off it’s an even bigger struggle to keep him interested in learning. Last term I used ‘props’ such as an electrical circuit making kit and a set of magnets and accessories. This meant he could learn while he was ‘playing.’ But getting him to knuckle down with his maths or English was a nightmare. He fidgets constantly, and claims that everything is ‘soooo booooring.’

This week, however, it’s been a pleasure teaching him. We have tackled times tables, telling the time, spelling, comprehension, reading and nutrition. He’s even been cooking, helping me to make nutritious meals and drinks. At the moment, I’m still working out his ability in most subjects. But once I know what he is capable of I will then stretch him. I just hope his attitude to learning continues.

We have applied for places at two other school’s now, a little further afield. I am worried that the further we go the harder it will be for me to pick him up if his Dad can’t make it. I’ve only had to do it a handful of times in the past and my eldest son has had to walk with me because I lack the confidence to go out alone. (I lack confidence in the ability of my wheelchair but that’s a whole other story.) If his school is even further away then I don’t know how I will manage. 

My word of the week this week is education, the girls at school and the Little Man at home. 

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  1. September 14, 2018 / 2:41 am

    I’ve also noticed how expensive Butlins and Haven holidays are these days, we used to do Haven as children, but I’m sure it was much more affordable back then #keepingitreal

    • September 14, 2018 / 11:07 am

      When my older kids were young it felt as though it was much cheaper to go on holiday, we’d go all the time. Now, I really have to save hard, and we always get a voucher for at least half the cost. And spending while there is so much more as well, everything is so expensive these days.

  2. September 14, 2018 / 5:23 am

    One full week already. It sounds like the little man is in good hands with you at home and you’re right, working hard will take you far and get you back up to where you want to be.

    • September 14, 2018 / 11:08 am

      Thank you, and I hope so 🙂

  3. September 14, 2018 / 11:05 am

    It sounds like education is coming on leaps and bounds all around, and lovely that your children are showing such a keen interest in their learning.
    Also, I’d vote Haven over Butlins – I feel like Butlins is ridiculously expensive for what you get.

  4. September 14, 2018 / 11:27 am

    It sounds like everyone’s working really hard. It must be good seeing Little Man so focused on his learning, and then you can stretch him, as you say, to keep him interested. I hope you get news on a school place soon that works for you all logistically x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  5. September 14, 2018 / 1:01 pm

    Education is definitely the right word to describe your week ! I think it’s brilliant that you are teaching your little man at his own pace, it sounds like he’s been really engaged this week. I’m sure both girls will move back up once they get back into the swing of things. Have a lovely weekend x

  6. September 14, 2018 / 1:25 pm

    I’m glad Little Man is settling into home schooling. Fingers crossed with the other schools, but at the moment it does sound like it’s suiting him. We had fun with the electronic circuits too. I hope Boo and Star are able to move up. It’s like a rollercoaster at times when it comes to moving between sets. Hope you have a good weekend. #wotw

    • September 14, 2018 / 5:56 pm

      I’m loving teaching the Little Man, and I’m sure the girls will work hard to move up again. Thanks x

  7. September 14, 2018 / 1:48 pm

    It sounds like you have made the right choice about next years holiday.
    Aww! That’s a shame about your girls being moved into lower sets….I am sure they’ll be moved back up in no time. Well done your boy. It sounds like he has been working really hard. x

    • September 14, 2018 / 5:55 pm

      I’m really proud of my little man, I don’t want him to go back to school, but my hubby does. And it will probably be the best for him. x

  8. September 14, 2018 / 8:36 pm

    I agree with you that when they work hard they will move back up in their study group. Hope that your school worries will be sorted out and you can get a school that would be easy for you to get into.


  9. September 15, 2018 / 1:22 pm

    With determination and dedication your girl will there. I didn’t learn to read till I was 10 and years later got a 2:1,anything is possible believe you and me.
    Glad your little man is doing good. Buttons is expensive, i remember when I eas younger it was viewed as cheap, I certainly couldn’t afford it now! X #wotw

  10. September 17, 2018 / 6:51 pm

    Hi Anne, both your girls have a good attitude towards school and as long as they know that as long as they try their best it doesn’t really matter what set they are in. We can’t all be good at everything and I have no doubt they both have their strengths… As for Little Man, I take my hat off to you for going down the homeschooling road until you find the right school for him and you. I expect his change of attitude has something to do with your teaching and the fact that he is now in a much happier place.

    Thank you for stopping by and linking up with #keepingitreal.


  11. September 20, 2018 / 10:52 am

    There were definitely more Butlins around in the past – I think there were about seven of them when I was a little girl and there are only three now. Glad that the girls have settled back at school and good luck to them with trying to move up the sets. Little Man sounds like he is getting on well at home as well. Hope that you can manage to find the right school and it won’t be too far away for you. #WotW

  12. September 22, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    It’s lovely to hear of the little one’s enthusiasm for learning and I understand the frustration with moving up and down classes #mmbc

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