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Not back to school tomorrow!

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BrittaPerry Sun 04-Nov-12 22:17:01


First official day of HE tomorrow for 5yo DD1 (leaving year one)

Wish me luck grin

conorsrockers Sun 04-Nov-12 22:30:55

Oooo. How brave! Good Luck grin

What made you take that decision? (out of curiosity!)

BrittaPerry Sun 04-Nov-12 22:54:21

Several reasons really.

Mostly it is that it just works really well for her and us as a family - she has always learned a lot at home anyway as she is a geeky type and we are a family that read a lot, have science equipment etc hanging about and who go to museums and galleries a lot. When she started school we all found that it massively reduced what we could do with her - we went from three museums/galleries/landmarks, nature walks, projects and so on a week to just having a tired and grumpy child who was spending all her days in one place. We travel between two places a lot, which basically meant all holidays were spent in the other place, even when that wasn't the best time to go.

She learns really well at home, and either the school couldn't keep up (unlikely) or she was just keeping her abilities to herself (much more likely - we know she definitely was hiding that she could read as the teacher was really surprised when she 'caught' DD reading when she didn't think anyone was looking)

She finds it very hard in a noisy environment with too much going on. She s only five - she has plenty of time to work on these skills. She also is still regularly wetting herself. She spends a good proportion of each school day as alone as she can manage. However, she is a different child in small groups - recently I hid behind a wall listening to her playing in the street and nearly cried when I heard her compromising, coping with other kids not following rules and so on - all things we thought she couldn't do.

The only school available (she was on the waiting list for 8) is Catholic, and we are atheist liberal socialist as a family. She was starting to say that God doesn't care about her and so on.

We have all the resources etc anyway, and not being tired from school will mean she can do loads more - over the next half term we will be gradually introducing group activities, so by Christmas she will be doing Manderin, two dance classes, HE social club, Rainbows, HE art club, swimming class and various HE trips (we have booked her on to groups going to a fire station, a cathedral and a museum activity) as well as friends for tea, playing in the street, the playground we live next to and so on.

We are all very excited - she thinks it is amazing grin

KatharineClifton Sun 04-Nov-12 22:54:50

Good luck! Enjoy and don't forget the de-schooling period smile

Saracen Mon 05-Nov-12 05:39:56

You sound very positive about this decision.

Since your dd has been very tired and slightly overwhelmed at school, it might take a bit longer than you expect for her to bounce back and be ready to do lots of things outside the home. Some families report that their children are back to their usual selves within a week of leaving school, but others can take months. So if you haven't definitely committed to all those things you listed, it might be wise to hold off, and sign up when your daughter is really eager for them.

Congratulations and good luck. And most of all, have fun!!!

conorsrockers Mon 05-Nov-12 07:14:36

So pleased for you - that sounds amazing and like she will, no doubt, thrive in the wonderful environment you are structuring for her. I only wish I could have done that, but unfortunately my circumstances didn't allow.
I hope it all goes to plan, don't get too disheartened if it occasionally doesn't wink

catnipkitty Mon 05-Nov-12 10:43:59

Good luck and enjoy smile

morethanpotatoprints Mon 05-Nov-12 20:29:24

Well done and good luck.
Would second the comment on holding off till your dd is really eager.

ninah Mon 05-Nov-12 20:30:28

sounds fab, good luck!

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