Or Mummy’s School as my two called it.
Although I work at a school, I don’t teach – unless it’s a random discussion about spider webs, flowers or why you should leave earthworms alone, so when faced with the prospect of giving home lessons to two teens with Fragile X it was slightly scary.
It quickly became apparent that the dining room table was not suitable and I turned my dressing table into a desk, which it remains. I downloaded a myriad of apps onto my phone, thank goodness I had a new one for Christmas, my old one would never have coped. Class Dojo has been my saviour! It was a bit of a bumpy ride but after Easter things settled into more of a routine. Both the kid’s teachers have been brilliant. They sent me a timetable for the week, which gave me something to work to, then they posted the lessons for the day/several days and we worked through them at our own pace. I have learned more about long multiplication than I ever knew (or wanted to..). We’ve have maths, English, science, history, art, music, Community Participation, craft projects, and so many worksheets, the printer has never worked so hard in it’s life! Now I have two folders full of all the work they have done. Most of it has been photographed and uploaded so the teachers could see it.
I’m really proud of both the kids. Madam was very eager to get on and do her work, Sir being rather more reluctant. He sees school as school and home as home, but we got there. Turns out he knows a lot more than I ever gave him credit for and once settled he will work hard.
I must have done something right as there was more than one occasion where they were both in the weekly top three house point earners. They came second (Madam) and fifth (Sir) in the table for the whole year over the whole school!!
They both went in for a Transition Day, they loved going back and seeing some of their friends. I have no problem with either of them going back in September. Sir has coped far better with social distancing etc than I thought. Remind me not to underestimate him!
Both their school reports were glowing 😀
I really enjoyed doing this little bit of Home School, the kids enjoyed it too. I wasn’t sure how it would pan out with Hubby working at home as well but we made it work.
A lot of SEND parents have felt let down, left to struggle and unable to cope during lock down. I feel very lucky that wasn’t the case for us, the school were very supportive and both teachers went above and beyond to help. I hope someone, somewhere takes a long hard look at how those parents were treated and measures are put in place to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Now it’s the school holidays, lockdown is easing, places are opening. We aren’t straying far. The kids come food shopping with me, getting Sir to wear a mask is a work in progress. They have a staggered start in September, which I think is for the best.
I shall leave you with some Alice Cooper, my two have been singing this for the past four months..