When Rayne came out of school it was not planned and it all happened very quickly. I didn’t have time to read up about home education or to decide what route we wanted to take, I just knew I could no longer make her go to school for her own health and well-being. However, I was nervous and I felt I needed to compensate so as soon as I found out about our local home education community, I joined almost every home ed group I could find! It wasn’t long before we were doing something every day, including Sundays! These activities included:
- Home ed social group
- Home ed swimming
- Home ed gymnastics
- Home ed parkour
- Home ed beach academy
- home ed community gardens
- Home ed multi generational dance class
- Home ed acting classes
- Home ed young explorers
and they were in addition to Rayne and Rose’s regular dance classes that take place on a Saturday, Ballet classes and Rayne’s piano lessons!! Needless to say, we soon started to feel pretty exhausted! We went from having to do the school run and get to work on time in the mornings to juggling different activities each day. Rayne would wake up and ask me “what have I got today mum?”
It wasn’t until I said to Sy a few weeks ago I felt I didn’t have time to just sit and play with Rayne and Rose I realised we were doing too much. He suggested I look at our calendar for the month and pointed out that I didn’t have time to just sit and play with them because of all the activities I had signed them up for. No wonder they were tired and I was exhausted!
I think we had to go through it though to understand it is OK to have stay at home days where we play and explore, do projects, read books and watch movies.
We are still going to do some of the activities as I feel it is important to get out and see other people and also exercise, plus the activities we will continue with are the ones Rayne and Rose enjoy the most. It is going to be a big adjustment for me as I am not used to staying at home. When my small people were very little and I was on maternity leave I found it a lot easier to be out of the house as when at home I would get frustrated that I could not wash the dishes, do the laundry or keep the house clean whilst also attending to my children’s needs, so going out was my way of coping. I am going to have to figure out a new routine and learn to block out that little voice in my head telling me all the chores that need doing so I can concentrate on playing and being with Rayne and Rose. It is the beginning of a new chapter in our home education journey. It has been a real life learning experience for us all and I am looking forward to seeing what adventures November takes us on from the comfort of our own home.
I would love to hear what your Home Education routine is like…