15 Feb >new beginnings
It feels like we are coming out of hibernation…
So much has happened that I don’t have time to do write it all down, but I think we’re coming back to the blogging and soon to the home education…
laurie is due to start secondary school this year and it has focussed our thoughts for a long time. I have spent hours looking for a school small enough to replicate his current small primary school in Govan. Shame we can’t replicate the head teacher and her staff because he is still doing fantastically well at that school.
We are just not prepared to set him up to fail in a large secondary school where people have no concept of him and his needs. The fact that he is so high functioning means that people just do not see how differently his brain does work. He has also got much better at masking things (like when he doesn’t understand the instructions, etc.) He just works it out himself eventually and quietly and then completes the task. He is desperate to start learning ‘real’ things. He wants academic challenge.
So I am going to do this with him. We will be interpreting the term home education broadly to encompass a wide range of activities, both academic and practical. We will be doing solitary and social learning and sometimes it will be well structured (because he likes that) and other times we’ll let our hair down a bit. Our home education won’t just be happening in the home but it may include rearing chickens and growing some of our own food.
I can’t wait….
We contemplated us both giving up our jobs and moving to Orkney (yes a bit drastic but very nearly happened last September but didn’t work out). The plan is now for me to finish work in time to start the secondary education phase while Tim stays in his job. We’ll sell the grand flat in Glasgow and downsize. We ‘re planning to move to the country (maybe in Argyll & Bute)…
I am going to try to make some money with a bit of elearning consultancy and my photography. I’ve been working on a new website and not had any time for flickr or the blogging. Maybe I can start to catch up again with my non work life!