Good morning on this bright sunny Monday morning.
It is now a year since Joe and I took Jayne out of mainstream school for reasons a lot of you know.
Since leaving, Jayne’s selective mutism has improved immensely, in fact she will now order her own drink when we go into a cafe, which as you know is a very big step for her.
Our home ed journey has been a real rollercoaster for us not really knowing where to start, but after months of “unschooling” her and meeting new home ed families we started to get into the swing of things.
Jayne has her own blog where a lot of her work is saved to as we set up lessons for her to complete and to keep an eye on how she is doing.
Our biggest hurdle was Maths, she was so far behind at school, she had a block where maths scared her so much she couldn’t tackle any of it. So we left it and we did maths out shopping, she would help me add up how much our bill was coming to, she told me how much the item was and she would also look for the cheapest item for us. Now we have a laugh whilst doing maths and she is so much more confident.
Her favourite subject is researching. She would research a topic and then I would give her questions to find the answers too. She would do this until it came out of her ears lol. She has enjoyed cooking, shopping and just recently she has been out filming with her big sister, Helyn, who is doing her Media Btech at college.
We have visited a few places together, including Fort Nelson, where she drew a picture of Florence Nightingale and during one of our visits she handed the picture to the person behind the counter who in turn gave it to their boss. We had a lovely letter thanking Jayne for the picture and they have put it up in the office for the workers to see.
We have also met up with a group of home ed families at Marwell, where she attended the workshop there.
Last month we went along to Pets at Home Workshop which was really enjoyable.
Just recently, I joined a Facebook group Courageous Home Schooling which is run by a really lovely lady Sonya Chappell who gives everyone so much support. She has set up a course to give encouragement and links to lots of activities to do with your children. In fact, if you go to her human body for kids page you will find at the end a photo of Jayne holding her skeleton that she had just made.
Have we got any regrets taking Jayne out of school? No way, Jayne’s confidence has grown so much just in the year of being out of school, she is so happy, bubbly and looking forward to learning lots more.