Chai Chat!.........with Juile

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When and why did you decide to Home Educate?

I de-registered in July at the end of summer term, but had been thinking about it for 9 months from when my son started Reception. He has Special Educational Needs and school were no support to him. At 5 years old his mental health was deteriorating so I decided to home educate.
What kind of approach do you take?

 We are still trying to find our feet but I’m finding less structure and more child led is working a bit better for us at the minute.
Where do the children do most of their work? and do they distract each other? 

Anywhere! We do have a dining table we use for some work and crafts but because of his disabilities he loves to lie on the floor and often does some work like that.
What is your favourite thing about Home Education?

 Seeing my sons happy face again. Im actually loving learning alongside him aswell!
What subjects do you teach and do you stick to a timetable?

 No timetable and as he is still young we do numeracy and literacy and science mostly but incorporate art, geog and history into stuff too.
What do you find most difficult and why? 

Feeling like I have to explain myself to people who question what I am doing.
How do you react to people asking about socialisation, do your children easily socialise and work well with others? 

James has Autism so socialisation can be hard for him. He will speak to who he feels comfortable with at the time and I never force anything on him. He sometimes chats to people when we are out and about but sometimes he just doesn’t want to and that’s fine.
Have family supported your decision?

 My immediate family yes, unsure about his father's side as we don’t talk much anyway.
How do you incorporate Physical Education into your Home Ed days? 

James has physical disabilities and uses a wheelchair when we are out and about but we do visit soft play once a week and also have some dancing sessions as well as his physio exercises to do in the house
Do you plan and how  far in advance? 

A little but it very rarely goes to plan
What's a typical Home Ed day like? 

They are all different but if we aren’t out on a visit or trip then we have an easy morning of playing and lunch then do maybe some worksheets, reading, craft activites, baking, on and off throughout the rest of the day right through until bedtime.
Do you spend a lot of money on resources?

 Not really, I have subscribed to Twinkl but there are lots of free stuff on the internet and I try and pick up bits and pieces on amazon
How do you make time for yourself? 

I don’t! a single mother I’m used to it to be honest. James takes up a lot of my time and he doesn’t sleep well so I don’t get a lot of time for me but I’m ok with that
What advice would you give to someone just starting their Home Ed journey? 

Read, read and read, joing fb groups, watch you tube videos and get clued up on what its all about. Also don’t stress! I did a lot of worrying and stressing right before I de-registered and looking back I wish I hadn’t got so worked up. I love the Freedom we have from Home ed 😊


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