Hot topics this week have been term time holidays, and Home Education. I commented in 'We Love Shepton Mallet' facebook group that “All families should be allowed to take their kids out during term time. There should be a set 'allowance' of 5 or ten days, to be taken whenever needed. It could be for a holiday because many families can only afford it during term time, kids on the Autism spectrum can find 'on peak' holiday distressing and overwhelming - we could not do a family holiday in peak season no way! Whether it's for visiting family,or a wedding. Parents should decide.” My High Street Wedding honeymoon last year was during term time, at less than half price and quieter it was a no brainer!
The topic lead on to a discussion about parents who withdraw kids from mainstream education all together, and teach at home.
Last week, I began home schooling Rowan (6) who has Aspergers. I withdrew him before the Year 2 SATs on purpose, there is no need for him to go through extra stress of difficult Maths and literacy tests, when he struggles to put on socks and use cutlery!
He'll start at St.Pauls in September, and I am confident their SEN team and wonderful principal Mr.Partridge will be able to fully support him. Harry (4) will continue at Shepton Infants, where is is happy and thriving. We'll use this time with Rowan to give him 1:1 teaching, including life skills, relaxation and ofcourse play.
As published in The Shepton Mallet Journal, May 2016
I'm a 43 year old, mum of two little boys- currently living in Shepton Mallet in Somerset. I'm the Founder and Creative Director of Radio Shepton, a Stand up and comedian and spoken word performer, and write a regular column for The Wells and Shepton Mallet Journal. Which is the basis for my blog usually. I lived in Swedish Lapland for 7 years until 2014 where my boys were born. My partner and I ran a husky dog sledding business. Before that I was a poet, radio presenter, media lecturer, writer, TV producer, actress and burlesque performer ! I never want my life to be boring :)