I find myself quite conflicted about our schooling life lately, even more so than I was at the beginning. It has been imperfect for the younger two girls in some ways (as we expected it would be, that’s why we didn’t used to send them after all!) and although Josie is settled and Fran is happy and Maddy is thoroughly at home, Amelie isn’t finding big school a perfect fit. We’ve got a lot of thinking to do, some changes to try and Max and I are both chewing over the possibility that we may find ourselves home educating again at some point.
But there are some good things.Josie, while certainly on the point of becoming a reader and writer when she arrived there, has had a huge boost from the literacy input she has had. It would have come at home but I’m honest enough to say I was not giving her my all by the end. There was too much in life to do it as well as I did for the older ones. She’s blossomed into writing more than anything else and I really enjoy watching the process. Classroom literacy lessons suit her. Maths isn’t anything like so perfect a fit (she’s too able) but we are working on it.
One of the perks is that whereas at home I just expect good work, at school sometimes you get a reward for it 😉 So Josie was very proud of her Headmaster’s postcard last week.