If you've been HE for a while....(8 Posts)
....looking back is there anything you think you'd do differently if starting over again?
That's it in a nutshell really!
Not worry as much. Not get jittery if we have a completly unproducive day (or even string of days).
I'm still working on that
That's about it really.
(We've been doing it for 6 years, so I don't know if you count that as a 'long time')
I'd have taken him out of school earlier. Two years here, wish it was longer.
I've been thinking about this some more.
Ds came out of school at beginning of Y5 and he was quite an emotional mess to begin with. I didn't feel, in his particular case, that unschooling would be be of use to him because he's poorly motivated at the best of times and I didn't want him to get the impression that HE was about lazing around and doing nothing , so we started work more or less straight away but at a very low level. I was also being mildly threatened by the LEA that I might get a call from Child Protection because of an answer I'd given on their supposedly optional questionnaire (long story) so I kind of felt obliged to be producing something.
The only concern I have now is that I didn't spend more time at the very beginning on developing his social and emotional skills (he has AS so is lacking in these areas). However, it could be that I needed two years to work out exactly where those problems lay and how to address them, which is why we're able to put so much more into them now. It might not have worked back then, who can say.
I guess what I'm saying is that you never know for sure (or I don't at least )if you're doing the right thing at the time. I may have made a mistake back then or it might have been exactly the right thing for the circumstances. My experience of HE has been one of peaks and troughs - one week I feel as if I'm getting everything right for ds and others I feel like I haven't a clue and am failing him miserably. But it seems to level out and overall he's doing brilliantly.
The bottom line is that I don't regret anything about home educating and how I've done it. If I have made mistakes I've learned from them and under the circumstances it's the right (indeed, only) option open to ds because of his needs and the support availability in our area. And for me personally, it's been the single most rewarding (if exhausting!) thing I've ever done and I've met some lovely people along the way.
10 years on and at the end of our home educating path:
'it's been the single most rewarding thing I've ever done and I've met some lovely people along the way.'
Agreed! Although I found sending three very unhappy children to school everyday, much more exhausting than HE has ever been.
We've had a ball, a lovely life together and a million times better than the life we had with their sibling when he went through teenage years at school.
The only thing I would change if I could start over, is that I would never have sent them to school!
Thanks for all your replies, worrying is something I'm quite good at!
Streakybacon what you say makes alot of sense. I think that it's in my nature to plan and investigate all the pitfalls of a topic (moving house, changing job, now HE) to avoid making mistakes and convince myself I've made the right choice and won't have any regrets, but this is also clearly a flaw! You're right, you can only do your best at the time and you're learning all the time too.
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