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Homeschooling and everyone thinking I’ve gone crazy (crazier)

By Clare Meaney
on January 09, 2016


One of my favourite quotes- you can’t knock a square peg into a round hole even if you force it.


Well its official we are now a homeschooling family and pretty excited about our journey. So a bit about us life was hard work every Sunday afternoon the meltdowns would start by Monday we had my little guy throwing up and completely beside himself with anxiety, at times he was so violent driving along and I could tell he didn’t want to behave like that but he just really couldn’t calm himself down. Holidays were always far easier but took a lot of organising. So I sat in a meeting being told he shows no obvious signs of anxiety so obviously living in the toilets, toe walking out of shoes in 3 weeks and biting through chews at a crazy rate were all ok.


I decided in this completely stressful moment there has got to be more to life than this for my special little boy and for myself and my family as it has a knock on effect for everyone as I sat there crying which everybody who knows me, I don’t cry often I decided to have a think about my options I am so lucky having an amazingly supportive family who supported my idea to Homeschool.


Some people’s reactions to me homeschooling have been funny, you can’t run a business, homeschool a child and be a single mum it’s not possible. Believe me I’m not saying it’s easy by far but it is possible the majority of stress has been lifted from our home and instead of using all my energy fighting with an education system that doesn’t help my child out I decided to use that energy to get organised and start living, learning and having some fun together.


I’m not saying everything is plane sailing now we homeschool. Christmas day I thought would be this magical, amazing time as he was so much calmer, boy was I wrong haha but you live and learn and pick yourself up again. Some days I don’t sleep until really late trying to stay organised and keep everything ticking over whilst trying to still remember to do the washing and not be off in the land of Pinterest/google and finding what fun stuff we can do now :-) But like I said we are lucky having amazing family helping out with piano, computer programming, spelling, trips out and holidays and everything in between.


We don’t have an issue with the education side of things at home as he is such a clever boy and being 1 to 1 he is flying though work at an amazing rate and wants to help now with cooking tea and is excited learning important life skills that schools aren’t teaching children in the current curriculum. We get to do his sensory diet integrated into lessons, spellings and reading with water beads, timetables whilst doing exercises and lots of work on motor skills and lots of speech and language exercises that I have researched for him. We can also use his Senseez cushion, calming music and fidget toys without a big deal being made about them.


Homeschooling really has been a blessing to us but it isn’t for everyone as it really does take a big commitment of time and it’s very full on but the reward for us is a boy who is starting to cope with life in a supportive environment. Our next challenge now we’ve taken time to get calmer is to join some homeschooling groups and evening activities as we have now got small meets with others going well and want to slowly expand his social interactions in a positive way and build on his growing confidence.


So as my favourite quote says it is so important to not knock off the corners of our lovely square pegs otherwise life would be so boring.

Getting little fingers to move

By Clare Meaney
on September 16, 2015


So I hear lots of people asking me about fine motor skills, firstly what are fine motor skills?


Wikipedia definition- Fine motor skill (or dexterity) is the coordination of small muscle movements—usually involving the synchronization of hands and fingers—with the eyes. The complex levels of manual dexterity that humans exhibit can be attributed to and demonstrated in tasks controlled by the nervous system. Fine motor skills aid in the growth of intelligence and develop continuously throughout the stages of human development. In easy terms the muscles don’t quite do what you want them to and causes soooooo much frustration.


So they are pretty important the most obvious ways to notice fine motor skills in kids is writing, doing buttons/zips and using cutlery if they have trouble doing these things the likelihood is that there fine motor skills are under developed. If this is the case you may want to speak with school to see if they have noticed anything.


Sometimes they just need to do a few more activities like playing with putty or threading some beads to practise a bit more in other cases it can be an indicator of maybe having a condition like dyspraxia or hypermobility.


All the fidget toys help develop fine motor skills. We never go out without a rainbow orbit ball we like them for one they are very robust, squeezing them gives your hands a real work out and they are also easier to catch with small spaces in between the loops. This has really helped my son he has been a bit weak on fine motor skills and has hypermobility but is now doing great after we have worked a lot with him to develop them. #proudmommamoment


If your child has problems with fine motor skills it really can effect confidence so make practising fun we post so many ideas on our Facebook page for developing fine motor skills so that kids don’t get bored and we always love to hear about your ideas too.


A new thing we have just got to help kids with handwriting is something called a Magnatab we had so much fun trying them out recently writing with magnets and they are really sturdy we hope they will be really popular with you all. If you ever have any questions as always we are really happy to help :-)

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