What does your home ed look like?(4 Posts)
Give me an insight into your home ed life. I home ed my 8yo son with autism/pda/spd and im tired and miserable
At that age, it was a lot of doing the same trips over and over - to the local museums, farm park type places, park, supermarket, swimming pool, walks in the woods... Places that we knew worked for everyone, and where the staff got to know us and be friendly. Occasional play dates with families where the children tolerated each other. And I invested in a "mothers help" (= local cash strapped teen) who would come round and play, so that I could go and concentrate on another child, or just sit with a cup of tea and a book for half an hour. I paid them a pittance, but they were really happy to get the experience
Oh, and lots and lots of life skills at that age - cooking together, doing household chores, washing the car, gardening, that sort of thing.
I home ed my 8yo and 11yo children with autism. We do lots of autism friendly early opening things (we're in London), parks, informal meetups with friends (both those that home and and those that don't), walks, museums, local activities. Over the last couple years, we've done gymnastics, swimming, park run, tennis, sports clubs, French club, and various other things. (not all at the same time, of course!!)
We are semi-structured, so we do book work and some curriculum based things, but also a fair bit of child led activities. I access paperwork through Twinkl and teacherspayteachers as well as various other sources as I find them. I am on a number of home ed FB pages where I can also get info on other resources.
We use the laptop and tablet for apps to support what we're working on and review/reinforce various things plus films, documentaries, games, books, magazines, and so on.
We take days off based on activities or the children's abilities. If they're struggling, we can easily adjust our schedule. A large part is also life skills, emotional awareness, anger management, learning how to deal with various things out and about (transport, shops, etc), and building socialisation skills.
Not sure how much that helps. Happy to answer any questions.
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