Or simple as Do re mi ABC, one, two, three, baby, you and me Dyl’s!
Would you send your one year old to school?
My 5-Year old represents a 1-Year old in almost every single way. He is the most scrummy, loving lovely little boy you’d ever meet but he is not mentally, physically or even psychologically ready for school and that’s without throwing his complex health issues into the mix.
Would you expect your non-verbal, non-mobile 1-Year old to interact in a classroom full of 5-Year olds?
It would be like chucking him into the lions den, he’d get trodden on, dribbled on and treated like the baby he looks like.
NO!!! Then we are on the same page…… Please read on…….
It’s that time again when all the lovely pics are being posted on social media sites of their littlens starting school, going into Year One and so on. I for one will be posting a pic of my beautiful daughter next week on going into Year Five! All smart and in her brand new uniform, first day pics, who wouldn’t be prouder??
Officially September 2015 is when Dylan should be going into Year One. But because of his birthday so late in the academic year I was able to postpone his Reception start from last September until now. However, because Dylan is Dylan, and has health and development complications We decided from when he was a very young age that a school, albeit a Mainstream or an SEN would not be likely to meet our sons needs.
Home Education isn’t a decision we have taken lightly, it’s not the norm, but Dylan’s not the norm so it just makes sense. However, we are anxious about Dylan not making his own friends, I worry that I am keeping Dylan wrapped in cotton wool away from civilisation but if I unwrapped him I fear for his life being surrounded by dozens of children daily with coughs, colds and childhood virus’s.
So here we are, all ready to start Home Education. Let me introduce myself, ‘Teacher, Mrs Mummy’ “Mummmmmma” to Dylan and like any teacher preparing for a new academic year I am getting all prepared to start Dylan’s Education plan for next Monday.
So far I have a wooden puzzle, a shape sorter, a handmade photo book of all of Dylan’s favourite things and people and some Mickey Mouse stickers and pens & paper. Along with a camera and scrap book to make some wonderful memories of Dylan’s school days for me to keep and to cherish.
To be honest what I will be doing with him won’t be much different from what you and I do with our babies & toddlers on a daily basis. It’s the love and nurturing which we give them that comes naturally which helps them to learn and develop. Dylan takes a bit longer than others but that means I get all this extra time with him.
What sort of curriculum should I use?
I have done lots and lots of googling about SEN Home Education and there isn’t any specific curriculum that you must use. The majority of articles I have come across are based on Autism, which has helped and prepares me a bit. What about thousands of other conditions, or even the grey area ‘undiagnosed??‘
Most articles recommends that you try various mediums and techniques and see what works best with your child. The law apparently doesn’t require use of a certain curriculum so I am free to pick and choose what Dylan enjoys and what helps him learn the best and most suited to his ability level. One of the advantages of teaching your own child at home is that you can customize what you do for their special needs and circumstances. There is no one-size-fits-all curriculum.
Since April 2015 our local council have ceased their mainstream home education department which includes special needs. As our needs are ‘exceptional circumstances’ therefore Dylan is being Home Educated on the grounds that he just isn’t healthy enough to go to school. So as far as I know I am left to do it alone. I have been told there may be funding further down the line, but the support and guidance of a tutor to encourage and support me and Dylan is nonexistent apparently.
So I will just have to share Dylan’s accomplishments with you guys!!!!
To all the mummies, daddies and guardians out there who have, like me very little or no choice but to home school their lovely little ones I take my hat to off to you, you’re all doing a fabulous job.
So, Autumn term, here I come…… And boy do I have the cutest teachers pet. 🍎🍏