Tuesday, 14 November 2017

With patience and love comes...

Progress and the gift of the love of learning.  One of my main reasons, although I have many, for home educating my girls.  I am so pleased to be back here again.  It's been too long!

I haven't been blogging but as usual the girls and I have been having adventure after adventure in our home ed life.  I've been busy with so many things being a single mum still and starting the new business, so I decided it was time to take a step away from this blog and put as much time and energy I could into spending all the quality time possible for my girls instead, as they are my world.

So much has been going on and maybe I will blog a bit about that too soon, but for now I'm going back to what I miss the most...  Blogging about our home ed life!  I do hope you've all been well.  I have missed all my readers so much.  I will be blogging about what resources we have found useful and maybe even a project here and there.

What we have been busy doing is too numerous to say but... I can tell you we've been crabbing and pond dipping, on visits to the museum, seen petting zoos and funfairs among the many other things.  I've used photos to document our memories that you may have seen if you follow An Ordinary Life on Facebook and Instagram through this time but how I have missed blogging!  I'm not going to be able to update you on everything that's happened as it's been over a year and neither am I going to be able to promise a blog post every day as Science Crazy has got so busy but I will be blogging again!

If you used to read my blog, you will know that I was considering the fact that my youngest might be dyslexic, turns out she is but we have come a long way... No.  She has come a long way.  She has gone from someone who hates to read - although she always loved a book read to her, to reading and loving it.  She's not just been reading the small books either but the short chapter books.  I've never put any pressure on her; I've always believed in her and always listened to her stories that she would verbally tell me over the years, proving her imagination and articulate ways.  However, now being able to see her writing her stories now fills my heart with joy as she does it with such excitement.

My 10 year old has even started algebra.  She's still the same girl.  Still stubborn and demanding.  Pathological demand avoidance is still a thing but it's lessened greatly.  I am so proud of how much she loves learning and I have realised that she is very much an autodidact like myself, but of course, I have to be there for the times she doesn't just get her head round things.  Even though these times brings her a lot of frustration, I have found that talking to her calmly and in love while ignoring her rude and angry behaviour dissolves her frustration much quicker.   She was so anxious about starting her algebra book.  I left it there on the dining room table and let her look.  When I introduce new things, like algebra, instead of her staring at the book frightened of something new and forcing her to learn I said she could have a look at it until she was ready.  This is how I always have been with her and it works.  She started to ask me questions and then something clicked.  A week after it was delivered she's half way through and is loving it.

My older two prefer me to blog about them less, the teenagers, but I can't help but tell you about my 12 year old - obviously with permission, respect is important.

I am such a proud mum of all my girls but to see her art blossom over the last year has blown my mind.  She is self taught, I started to show her how to draw eyes but since then she's looked up YouTube tutorials and exploring art further she's been producing this...






She does sell commissions and can be found on Instagram here: @NaomiMercyArt 

I'd love to hear from my readers again so do get in touch!

38 comments:

  1. Your daughters are assets to you and testament to your wonderful teaching. That artwork is amazing! I must make a point of painting again. Thanks for blogging, excited for your next one x

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    1. Thank you lovely, lovely to know. The way the girls learn does fill my heart with joy! So glad you enjoyed my post, I'm just glad I have time to be back here x

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  2. Our youngest kids sound very similar in their reading journey. Although she's not been assessed I'm fairly certain she is dyslexic. But she's always loved books and is currently, speedily, making her way through our Enid Blyton collection! :)

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  3. Good to hear from you again! Can I ask how you went about getting your daughter assessed for dyslexia? I'm fairly sure my 7 year old is.

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    1. She hasn't been officially assessed by the Lady from the elective home education LA, she's been a teacher for some while and agreed and thought she was doing wonderfully well considering. I don't like all the formal diagnosis, if she was schooled it would be more important perhaps. It's so lovely to hear from you again Sarah x

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  4. Oh and your daughter's art is amazing! I particularly love the fox.

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    1. Thank you, I love her Fox too, it's one of my favourites x

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