Old hands have Home ed Wobbles too!

This September would have been the start of Secondary school for R. L started school at the beginning of Secondary so it wasn’t an unreasonable conclusion that R might want to do the same. We went to the open evenings last year and applied for a place with a view to keeping options open and having a serious think about it all. This is how it had all gone previously with L too.

R went into a local primary school for a day to see what it was like and to meet a class full of kids who’d also be going to the same Secondary. It all went well, R was nervous but went in without any problems and enjoyed herself. Despite struggling with dyslexia she also had a good go at the work (I did speak with the teacher beforehand).

The next step was then going for a couple of hours at the Secondary school with other children who weren’t from local feeder schools, she made a couple of friends and was then excited about the whole trial day with everyone else going to start the school in September. She walked to school with L and friends and did a whole day in the tutor group she’d be in and doing various classes. We went to the meet the tutor evening afterwards. It all looked like we could be following the pattern that L went through.

R then pondered, and wondered and thought and talked and thought some more over the next couple of weeks. I did suggest that if she decided not to go that it would be good to let the school know before the end of term so that if someone on the waiting list got the place they’d still have time to go in and meet the tutor etc. It was totally R’s decision, we talked about the pros and cons and after a meeting with L’s teachers to talk about L, we asked about dyslexia and how the school would handle it… probably R’s main concern… and surprisingly the teacher actually suggested that R would be better off at home.

I had started to ready myself for R choosing school and have been spending time on other things http://www.redbubble.com/people/lahickmana/portfolio/by:LaHickmana

Where my art is now being made into some lovely gifts.. I’m so pleased with it all!! The bags and cushion covers are especially fabulous!!!

Now, R is still home ed, it has rather felt like starting home education again… I have actually felt daunted by it, but things are calming down and we are finding our way. Things have changed as R is changing and there is a bit of external pressure to do more formal work.. as well as feeling that a bit myself too. The options open to us are different now too as even the home ed world does divide a bit between primary and secondary ages. We still go to things with all ages, which I think is lovely and also valuable, but now there are also other things that we can join in because R is Secondary age. Shs has started an Environmental Management GCSE, one hour a week for two years as a taster of things to come, she’s enjoying it so far. We’ve started a sign language class together too, mixed age, and R is starting a drama class soon too. Other than that there are nice trips out, books read together, interesting documentaries, cooking, and so much more! R has even almost finished the Rome project she started in May!!

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Life when your home edding child is a bit older

Now that R is 11 and L is at school, time works differently for us. It is not as full-on as when they are younger. R is happy to disappear for a few hours to do her own thing, so I now have more time for myself than I have had for a long time.

R also seriously considered going to school for Secondary, so we went through the stages of applying, going for visits etc and after much thought R decided that unlike L, school was not for her. So, I had also started to think of what I would do if she did go to school!!

This has led to me really having more time for art, and most recently I have put some of my art work here: Redbubble LaHickmana

I am so pleased with how it is going and how lovely the products are!!! I’ve bought quite a lot and am really delighted with how good it makes my art look!!! Confidence builder! I’ve only just reached the point of feeling brave enough to show people my paintings and this is really helping!

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Fabulous Italy Trip

We had an amazing trip to Rome this year. We managed a trip during term time as L had been offered a water-sports trip to Spain in term time and as we have previously gone on educational trips around that time every year before L started school we wrote to the school and asked for permission.. our Rome trip for all 4 of us was about the price of the school water-sports trip for L!!! We got ‘unofficial’ permission… so unauthorised absence but without fine or further action. Good enough!!

Rome was amazing. None of us had been before. We got accomodation through AirBnB, a fabulous apartment, right by a metro station (I mean literally outside the front door!)

Vittorio Emanuele Apartment
Vittorio Emanuele Apartment
Vittorio Emanuele apartment
Vittorio Emanuele apartment

We had read up quite a lot before and had watched Mary Beard documentaries and also an Alexander Armstrong one about the Colosseum. We also learnt some Italian in preparation.

Despite documentaries and guide book research before going, nothing prepares you for the scale of things.. the Colosseum especially, and also just how many 2000 year old buildings there are. Some gems didn’t even make it into the guide books!!

Fountain by Bernini
Fountain by Bernini We used WithLocals.com to book a tour with a local guide just for our family for our first day, Andrea was great and adapted the tour to suit what we were interested in and to give us a good starting point for the rest of our week.

 

 

 

 

 

Roman Forum
Roman Forum

 

 

Giolitti
Giolitti

 

Colosseum
Colosseum

Marcus Aurelius Column

Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di LoyolaMarcus Aurelius Column, telling stories of his travels and battles

 

Big nose water fountain
Big nose water fountain

 

Opulent churches galore!

 

 

 

 

 

Pantheon, largest un-reinforced concrete dome in the World! 2000 years old!

 

 

Fresh water from aquaducts still available from fountains around the city!

 

 

2000 year old 150 unit shopping centre!! Trajan’s Market. Amazing! One of my favourite things, so completely intact, with views of so many other things too. We enjoyed how relatively compact Rome is, so easy to see lots! And there really is so much to see. We didn’t even make it to the Vatican. We decided to focus on Ancient Rome.

We’d thoroughly recommend it!!! May was a great time to go.

Trajan's Market

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