family · Homeschool

Why we homeschool.

I’ve been thinking about sharing about this as it’s something I’m asked often usually followed by many people’s negative opinions that firstly I haven’t asked for and secondly are there thoughts and that’s all they are as they have no experience of homeschool.

We homeschool because I choose to, was it a easy decision? For me yes, my husband no.

We have many a debate about it for years but it’s something I felt so strongly about.

My husband liked School he enjoyed the social side maybe more than lessons but overall did well, I on the other hand hated School was a constant victim of people’s bullying, struggled being dyslexic, felt unsupported by the teachers and struggled to make friends.

Some of that could be down to me and my personality i find social situations hard and keeping a conversation and friendships going don’t come easy to me. We as my husband is more sociable than I am.

Through my school years I was very driven I had one goal and that was to dance professionally no one at my high school had goals like that and I developed a lot of anxiety regarding School, being the target of one teachers obsession with my weight even though I ate like a horse they convinced most of the school I had a eating disorder till my Mum stepped in. My memory’s from school are not happy memories.

When I found out I was expecting School was a big issue for me so I stared to research other options. My son attend Steiner kindergarten and forest school kindergarten till the age of 7 part time which I often went along to and he loved.

It’s perfect for him being a sensitive child , the groups were small and quiet and he was able to explore and develop at his own pace, my son is also very dyslexic and is currently being assessed privately for support. Homeschooling for us has ment this hasn’t been a stressful time for him as he hasn’t been comparing his struggles to other children’s achievements like he naturally would in school.

We follow a semi strutted day and meet up with other homeschooling family’s in the area . My son has no social issues and is not behind other children like people are often quick to say.

He’s a little boy who’s developing at his own pace in to a his own happy person.

Homeschool is perfect for our family

family · Homeschool

Childrens books for sensitive children

My son is 7 soon to be 8 and loves reading together but we’re stuck. We’re finding it so hard to find books where there isn’t a sad ending or a death. Reading those books with these endings in is causing him so distress nightmares and worries.

Being a sensitive child can be really hard as he doesn’t accept the book as a story he wants to know the when ,why, how and will it happen to me, him or his family.

Here’s some books we’ve enjoyed reading if anyone has any suggestions we would love to hear them..

family · Homeschool

A winter weekend

I suffer with very bad anxiety and phobias and struggle to go places that are busy with people. I get anxious about the thought of germs and feel more anxious inside in busy places.

We are lucky where we live that we don’t get very extreme weather and are still able to go out to explore.

I find being outside in the fresh air helps my anxiety and provides a good distraction as well as exercise.

My son loves being outside ( not as much as gaming) but he loves to explore. For Christmas he received a metal detector this weekend was spent looking for treasure to his sadness we didn’t find any. We can’t wait to take it to the beach once spring arrives and we head to our holiday lodge.

There’s so great local parks to explore local to us we are very lucky.

Here’s some pictures from our walk

The rest of the weekend has been spent baking banana bread and making soup.

Ready for the week back to work and homeschool activities.

family · Food

Hidden veg šŸ„£

Having a fussy child who wants healthy food but can’t manage to eat lumpy or crunchy food due to the texture can be hard, add in the mix of a husband who is currently unwell and has just had surgery but lives of junk food he’s not aloud meal times in our house are tough

Me and my boy put this recipe together yesterday and it made the most amazing tomato soup but added hidden veg

Recipe

6 large ripe tomatoes or a can of chopped tomatoes

1 large onion

2 cloves of garlic

2 leeks

1 red pepper

1 carrot

1 potato ( to thicken the soup)

1 tin of butter beans

Method

SautĆ© the onion for 5 minutes don’t let the onion burn add a little water and sunflower/rap seed oil.

Add the garlic and stir for a minute trying not to let the garlic brown

Add the tomatoes/chopped tomatoes stir together with the onions and veg

Then add the rest of the veg in to the pan. ( we choose these veg as they were spare in the fridge but you could add other vegetables)

Pour in the vegetable stock

A teaspoon of paprika

And black pepper to taste ( you can add other herbs or salt to taste)

Leave to simmer with the lid on for 1hr 30 min

Blend and serve

We serve ours with homemade crusty bread and balsamic vinegar.

Food

Fridge fried riceĀ 


Fast quick and healthy 
I use any left over veg that’s in the fridge or frozen veg works just as good. 

75g rice ( I use brown)

150ml water

Mixed veg

2x eggs 

Veg oil

Soya sauce 

Spices to flavour

Measure the rice 

Rinse in a shiv in cold water 

Transfer the rice ton pan add the water and. bring to the boil, once the water is boiling reduce to simmer and let the water evaporate. Once the water has disappeared and the rice is dry transfer the rice to a bowl and leave to cool. 

Add all the chopped veg ( I used carrots, celery,spring onions, garlic , pepper) but you can use anything you like. 

Add a dash of oil to the work and start to cook the veg once the veg had softened add the cold rice and stir fry. Flavour the rice to you taste using spices we added chilli powder, black pepper and a little paprika. Add soya sauce to taste I always add a little and the serve some on the table if people want more. 

While stir fry the veg and rice which the eggs together and add to a frying pan making a omelette once cooked through slice the egg and add it to the fried rice, then serve this can gf served as a side dish or a main. 

It’s full of protein , veg and carbs perfect for a growing family and the above will easily feed four. 

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Our new holiday homeĀ 

we picked the keys up to our holiday home a couple of days ago and went to get everything set up. The weather was nice but not warm. After setting up all the inside we went off to explore. 

The sites amazing and the facilities are out of this world. 

We spent the afternoon walking thecwoodland trail and playing mini golf. 

I went to put the rubbish in the bin stretched up and my pants fell down yep big mum fail and red face. Luckily I had a jules rain coat on and quick thinking little boy with me who jumped in front of me. I spent the rest of the day with my pants saftey pinned to my tshirt. Think I’ve lists to much weight when my size 6 pants fall off. Note to sell must eat more and stop being so anxious. 

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Sow & grow

We was lucky enough to get a box delivered from innocent. The biggest box arrived full of cups and seeds and compost. I’m not the best at looking after plants they die pretty quickly but we’re trying.

So the first afternoon nice afternoon we grabbed our box and went outside to pot the seeds. We had carrots and peas.

7days later after sitting on my kitchen window sill ( they had to sit there in front of my sink else I wouldn’t remember to water them ) they started to grow. 14 days later we have the picture below.

Hey we’ll never grow enough beans or carrots to stock our shop but maybe enough for some soup. Watch this space …Ā IMG_0804.JPG