I don't think I have mentioned much about eldests school, or the trouble we have had with it, but we have finally all made the decision it is not the right place for her to be. I don't feel like she is learning enough, I don't feel that the teachers or support staff are doing the best they can for the babies they have in the class, and most of all I feel like I can take control of her education and provide a better standard. If you are a teacher and you are reading this, then I'll clear up I'm not attacking the teaching profession, I'm saying that I don't believe those particular teachers were up to the standard I was lead to believe, there was a clash of personalities and other things besides the teachers that lead to this. If you want to read the post about what was going on its here.
Anyway I just feel she would thrive at home much more. And so we have met all the requirements we need to meet, the letter of deregistration has been sent.
So I did a little prep work while reading the replies on Mumsnet (which were great)the one on twitter about lazy was just a bit stupid, I made a comment about hating getting my children up at 6am, last I check not liking waking your children up has nothing to do with being lazy, moron.) made a little timetable, one that we can loosely stick to regardless of whats going on in the day. Some parents who have no structure to the day, and free flow learn totally inspired me, they make learning incidental instead of forced and it sounds lovely.
I have put in math, writing, reading, art, history, cooking, some physical ed in form of scooter riding, walking or bike riding as well as her normal Monday night football (bit of social there too). Decided on a few special projects to look at, things that can tie in to reading, writing, art and maybe some more.The timetable is very flexible, with some 'free choice' slots, so she can choose exactly what she wants to do.
For us it is a learning curve, obviously we don't know exactly what we are doing, but the school has taught me exactly what I'm not doing, so for that they have been useful.
Who knows maybe in a few weeks/months/years she will want to return to school. If not, I'm good for HE for as long as we need. I'm looking forward to getting into the swing of things, HE meetings and little day trips for us, I can honestly say I'm very excited.