The End of the Road

Hey everyone, it’s been absolutely ages since I’ve blogged! Because, well, life. So let me re-e-wind a little back to 2017. After deciding to get one of our children into school to do their GCSEs, before you know it, one thing led to another and hey, they’re all in school (except the baby, baby). Was homeschooling right for us? Yes. Is putting them into school right for us now? Yes! The Mrs is ready to embark on a new and exciting adventure for 2018, so things needed to change a little.

Wait…I haven’t posted about my weight loss journey. Or my new job. Or the steps I’m taking towards leaving the UK. Well there’s 3 more blog posts to come. Until then, follow me on Facebook or Twitter for more regular updates and random thoughts.

And again, thanks for reading

*I wonder if I can keep a 90s RnB feel to my posts this year 😊*

Phil

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Why Do We Homeschool – UPDATE!

One of the questions we attempted to answer in Part 4 of our Why Do We Homeschool series was:

What if your kid wants to learn something that is outside your sphere of knowledge? How do you teach subjects that you don’t know/aren’t good at/never studied yourself? How does it work when they are older and when teaching gets more complex or challenging? How will you teach your teenagers their GCSE’s in all those subjects so that they can excel? In secondary school they have specialist teachers for each subject. How do you train yourself to be a specialist in each subject? At what point do you acknowledge your limitations (unless of course you are one of those people who are good at every subject) and get a personal tutor at home to teach them or at what point, if any, would you send them to secondary school? Do they still take exams or another form of assessment?

Well a year on it’s all change in the Mayers house. Our eldest is now doing his GCSEs AT SCHOOL!!!

After much prayer and deliberation, concluded that we can protect and shelter our children as much as possible (and we’ll continue to do that) but there also comes a time where it’s time to let them go, a little! Long story short, we applied to a nearby school which we felt was a perfect fit, got turned down, re-applied a few months later, and he wrote his own supporting letter explaining why he’d be a great asset to the school…and he got in! He really loves it even though it’s a really long day and you can’t eat or take naps whenever you like lol. He’s also very thankful for his education so far as he is ahead of many of his peers.

We still home educate the other children, but will be venturing to get the older ones into schools when the time is right and the opportunity arises.

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App of the Year 2016

My award for App of the Year 2016 goes to Google Photos. Free up space on your devices, awesome search abilities, photo reminders from previous years and lots of lovely little auto-created videos make this a great app for all our family. Have you tried it? Did you like it? Let me know in the comments.