We failed at homeschooling and its OK!

How life can bring you many adventures!

We started homeschooling in January. Life brought changes to us and we embraced them.

We attended a group at our local village hall and I had a really nice chat with the other parents while Olivia made friends and Ellie explored. I found it really helpful to have like minded people available to chat with.

We tried unschooling for a while and after a couple of weeks Olivia wasn’t feeling it. She felt no motivation. So we sat down at the table together and discussed a plan. I already had a curriculum and we decided to use it to help us plan Olivias learning.

I came up with a schedule of learning she could follow that worked around groups, get togethers, my work and dog walking.

We started with a full week of lessons presented on Monday morning and needed to be completed by Sunday.

During the week I’d ask Olivia how she was getting on and she’d say ‘fine’. I didn’t want to get involved. I wanted to see if she could manage to motivate herself.

When Sunday arrived she’d only completed 2 pieces of work. I was a little sad inside but it showed us this method didn’t work for us. We had a chat about it Olivia just didn’t feel motivated to learn in the home environment.

She was happy to go out and take the laptop and learn via videos and we already had a conquer maths subscription, but we learned that Olivia preferred maths on paper. We bought (cheaply) workbooks and she began to use them.

By now she had started working on the farm where I worked, as a farm hand. Learning hands on she loved! The farmer was teaching her so much and she was coming home happy (and exhausted!). After all, she wants to be a vet, so this was right up her street.

We visited Bolton and Olivia met up with old school friends and when we returned Olivia wasn’t the same. She was sad. She missed her old friends and had much less interaction with like minded people. We had a really long conversation and learned she craved the school structure but not the environment.

Hubby was desperately unhappy in his work and was looking for a new job. He eventually got another… But back near Bolton. This meant we would have to move again. I was sad because I had made so many new friends and lovely people. My business was growing well and everything was great but Hubby needed to leave his job before it killed him, and financially it made sense to move back to Bolton.

So now Olivia will return to school in Bolton, I will continue my work in Bolton and we can holiday in Market Harborough (Country Bumpkin Yurts, on Waterloo Cottage Farm), and we can finally have some stability (because I’m not moving again for a very long time!).

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. If you have any questions about anything mentioned above, please ask away!

Alex@ministryofminding 🙂

Author: Alex@ministryofminding

Hi! 2017 was my year! 2018 will be too! I’ve been a registered childminder for the past 12 years and have loved working with babies, children and their families. Ministry of minding is my passion...a service that allows parents and careers to have time away from the children to reboot their energy levels and to help them discover themselves again, and eachother! Parenting is a full time job, even when we go to work full time! Having at least 1 full time job means we need a break...not just once every 3 months or so...We need regular time away to be the best parent or career we can be, and by regular I mean at least once a fortnight! Ministry of minding allows you to have that time away without feeling guilty! No one does a good job when they are running on empty! By choosing me to come to your house, I’m giving you peace of mind your children are well cared for and the ‘sitter‘ has a valid paediatric first aid certificate, is fully insured, has a level 4 qualification and has more than 12 years of experience in childcare and more than 16 years experience of being a homeowner and parent! I’m a very proud parent of 3 very clever daughters aged 16, 14 and 3. I’m doing what I’m passionate about because I want them to see any parent can go and achieve their dreams, no matter their circumstances or age! Thank you for taking your time to read this...and if you’ve gotten this far you might as well get to know me even more! I love (a lot!) Christmas, Halloween, Harry Potter (clue in my business name), Disney, Autumn and walking (or cycling) through the beautiful places in this world. Now you have to meet me to get to know me even more!

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