House for Sale – how long will it take?

So I have scrubbed and polished – decluttered the house to within and inch of it’s life and we now have our house on the market. This will be the sixth house we have put on the market and all of the others sold relatively quickly. Despite the smiling optimism of the Estate agent the housing market is a very different beast than when we have previously sold. Houses nearby are selling albeit relatively slowly and for a supressed price. We have been painfully realistic about our starting price and are prepared for the long haul. We sold two of our past homes within 48 hours of going on the market – those were the days !!! If you fancy a nosy here we are on Rightmove

Now I just need to avoid that “living in limbo” feeling that comes with living in a house for sale.

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Life gets in the way of blogging

So life well and truly got in the way of blogging over the last couple of months – suppose its better than blogging getting in the way of life. DH had knee surgery and has been hobbling around on crutches and along the way was diagnosed with high blood pressure. I’ve been learning to spin and weave as a way of getting a little me time and am blogging my learning journey over at http://www.weaveandspin.wordpress.com .They say learning something new is good for you and it has certainly helped me stay sane (even if the kitchen does smell of wet sheep ! Home education continues for one child – its alarming to see that the home ed group I ideally read on Facebook has been joined by the very fantical lady who banned me from her home ed yahoo group for daring to mention the idea of working with the LEA and not against it – I laughed to see she was talking crossly about “one lady ” who “kept banging on about funding” little knowing i am also part of that group and reading her comments – albeit a silent member – freedom of speech and all that – just show you never know who is reading what you write online ! Back to scarf weaving I go ….

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Harry Potter has inspired my reluctant reader!

My reluctant reader has been sparked into life via The Cat in the Hat and Harry Potter. The moment a child starts to read independantly is one which is rarely witnessed by parents but this week I have been thrilled to the bone as my six year old dd has found her reading mojo!
She has come from the stance of “I hate reading and I can’t do it ” to reading an The Cat in the Hat from cover to cover. OK – it took nearly 45 mins but it was amazing. We have now leapt to reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – as this will take a very long time with every word sounded out (he! He! ) I have bought the dvd for some light relief !
This reading development has been the result of no specific teaching strategy except loads of games of I Spy – proof to me, (a doubting Thomas as an ex-teacher) that informal learning even autonomous learning – immersion in life if you like – really does work !

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Taking the blog back to its roots!

I began http://www.fivekidsandcounting.wordpress.com when I found myself home educating two of my five children for reasons well documented on the blog. I got a little immersed in the blogging world and sidetracked to work on a political blog at http://www.mammapolitico.wordpress.com hence the temporary abandonment of fivekidscounting.Like many blogging parents blogging began to take over my evenings so I have been having a break over Christmas and a rethink. SO folks this blog is going back to it’s roots with its focus on books, digital resources/apps and e-learning and great teaching ideas for home education.
I have only one child in home education now, my six year old daughter – my son started at a new school in September and is loving every minute. In our house there is not a one size fits all approach to education – we make the education fit the child at that particular stage of their life. For our daughter we got through the doors of a lovely small primary school but realised she was happy and thriving learning at home so she continues to learn in a semi structured way. Her lightbulb moment with reading has finally happened and my pride was unbounded when she read 24 pages of The Cat in the Hat Comes Back. Now we are immersing ourselves in books books and more books – for a child who hated reading and insisted that she couldn’t and wouldn’t ever be able to read it is a wonderful achievement. We’ve had a great start to our home ed term and I look forward to documenting our learning and sharing resources as the weeks go on.

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Weird woman in the supermarket!

Had a really upsetting and weird experience in the supermarket yesterday afternoon. I was happily food shopping and engrossed in searching out an end of aisle bargain- my 5 year old daughter had climbed into the main part of the trolley and was sat next to the veg when a woman suddenly tapped really hard on her head. I half took in what happened – was a bit in shock that someone would do that and my DD by this time had her head down on her knees and was crying. I swung my trolley round and went after the woman and asked her what on earth she thought she was doing.She informed me that my daughter had been sucking the trolley and that she would damage her teeth?!! I told her – “she doesn’t have any top teeth (they’ve fallen out) you have no right to tap my child on the head and you have made her cry to which she replied ” F***K off you f**k**g B**ch ! and waltzed off up the aisle laughing!

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My Home Ed boy has started a new school

After a lot of thought we applied a few weeks ago for my son to attend our local school. I took him out of his primary school 10 months ago because he was bullied and the school denied it was happening. We also took our youngest daughter out because her class was chaotic and she hated every minute. We have had a fantastic time home educating doing things which aren’t on the National Curriculum. My son is really into gaming and computers so he has learnt to do animation and basic programming. He has made videos and blogged. We’ve done mountains of art and he has had hours to read books books and more books. So why has he gone to a new school? Try as I might he missed the company of other boys. Although he went swimming every week and kept in touch with his old friends the social side of school was hard to recreate. I even tried to set up a local home ed group but home edders don’t like to commit to regular meetings. When a place came up at the lovely primary just around the corner from our house he leapt at the chance. His first two days have been fantastic … He loves it and we are so sure it is the right thing for him. I don’t regret his home ed time, he has regained his confidence and expored his interests but now it’s time for him to move on.
I have one home ed child now .. There is no place for her due to infant class size limits but she is happy home edding until one comes up – happy days

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