Friday Focus 26/01/18 – A taste of homeschooling

Jessica is off school at the moment while she is recovering from her surgery. We were told at her clinic appointment last week to keep her off school until after her next check-up on 19th February. In the meantime, I’ve been having a taste of homeschooling her and so far, we’re both enjoying it. This week, we’ve settled into a little routine with the school work.  We’ve been given various worksheets and books from her school to help me cover what she would have been learning this half term and I’ve planned out what we will be covering over the next couple of weeks. It’s been lovely to take such an active role in helping her learn and to get more of an insight into the kind of things she does at school.


Homeschooling - this week's word of the week


In between the worksheets and books from school, we’ve been having fun getting creative. Last weekend, Jessica asked if we could “do some making” and make a house.  Our shoebox house has kept the girls busy this week. We’ve just finished making the house itself and the people to go in it, and now we’re starting to make some furniture for it. It’s been fun having a project to work on together over a few days. Hopefully the girls will enjoying playing with it once we’ve finished!


Jessica and Sophie painting the roof and inside of the shoebox for their shoebox house


Things I have loved this week: 

  • All being well at Jessica’s post-surgery cardiac check-up.


  • Jessica’s reception teacher dropping off a gift bag from Jessica’s class containing cards, a bouquet of paper flowers and some shortbread biscuits made by her classmates.


  • Dippy eggs and soldiers for breakfast


  • Trying out some new recipes for dinner.


  • Hubby being home again after working away in Paris for a few days.


Hubby having a cuddle with Jessica and Sophie


  • Being able to take Jessica along to Sophie’s French class for the first time. Jessica loved it!


  • A good check-up for Jessica at the eye hospital which resulted in her being discharged from the hospital. She can now have her eye checks with our local optician instead.


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20 thoughts on “Friday Focus 26/01/18 – A taste of homeschooling

  1. So pleased to hear that both check ups have gone well and that the girls are enjoying some time together at home. It is great to see our kids learn and it must be good to have that insight into how Jessica learns at school x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    1. Thanks Jocelyn. It is lovely to be able to take such an active role in her learning 🙂

  2. It sounds like a good week. When my daughter had her operation the hospital teaching service supplied us with a home tutor. She was really lovely and it was so sad when she said that it had been decided that she didn’t have to come any more as it was time to go back to school. But, she was out of school for 11 months in total, she missed the whole of year four. How long is Jessica off for?

    1. That was a long time for your daughter to be off school – definitely sounds like a home tutor was the best plan. Jessica hopefully will be back after half-term, we just have to wait for her next appointment for the doctors to let us know whether it’s ok for her to return to school.

  3. Homeschooling for a short time sounds like a lot of fun. It sounds like you have had a good week.
    Hooray for being discharged from the hospital for Jessica’s eyes….One less appointment to go to. hehehe

    1. Thanks Kim. Always good to have one fewer hospital to visit – we’ve been under at least six different ones for various reasons over the years!

  4. Sounds like a wonderful week, I am so glad things are going well you all deserve a break. Well done with the homeschooling I am not sure I would have to patience but so admire those that can x

    1. Thanks Sarah. I am not sure I would have the patience to do it permanently but I’m really enjoying doing it on a short-term basis 🙂

  5. I’m glad things are still going well with Jessica’s recovery, hopefully she will be back at school after half term. It must be lovely to home school for a while, I hope to home educate for a year in a few years’ time when we go travelling. It must be great for your relationship to be able to help her to learn.

    1. Thanks Nat, it is lovely to have the opportunity to home-school her for a short time. I love the sound of doing so while travelling – am sure your girls will learn loads as a result of having both opportunities.

    1. Thanks Jane. I think I would have struggled with knowing where to start had it not been for school providing me with so many books and worksheets. Having had a couple of weeks of doing it now, I’ve become more organised and am starting to get more ideas which helps too.

  6. It’s lovely to get an insight into how they learn at school isn’t it, it sounds like you are both enjoying the homeschooling. We love getting crafty and creative in this house too it’s so much fun. Great news about both of Jessica’s appointments. Have a wonderful weekend x

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