I always get excited about the start of September, I always feel its more like a January to me than the latter part of the year. Something about the beginning of Autumn always makes me feel lighter and happier. I feel experienced enough as a home educator now not to worry about buying workbooks, or worrying about whether my children should do exams. I am more than confident in how my teenagers are developing and learning and am happy to leave the worries of "are they learning enough?" behind.
I think the thing that is more different now than ever is that I am no longer comparing myself with other home educators or their children. Some of that I think has come from seeing my eldest child go on to university, I used to think that was the big goal and I would feel accomplished as a home educator and a parent but that is not the case at all. Bailey is doing incredibly well at uni, he is a very intelligent, articulate and focused man and whilst I am incredibly proud of him I am not surprised at how well he is doing. He is very determined and I have 100% faith in his goals and what he will get out of university. However, my views on further education have changed so much in the last few years and I've realised it is not what it once was. Maybe I am getting more cynical in my old age but I have started to see university as more of a business, the huge debt you have to get in now to get a degree is just crazy.
I can't believe Piper would have left school last month because she doesn't seem ready at all so for the next year at least (who knows?) we are continuing on with her home education. She did actually apply and get a place at college studying Art and Design but decided she's just not ready for college yet. She has had quite a rough time of things and so currently just getting her well again remains our main focus.
Contrary to popular belief, we as home educators anyway, don't hibernate for the school holidays. I know a lot of HE families do but that has just never been our way. We have actually been really busy enjoying the summer, sleepovers, days out, comic cons etc. My house seems to swell a bit with even more teenagers during the school holidays but I don't mind.
As yet we don't have plans for September, we normally go away but I think we might stay home next month. We have a big show at Insomnia 61 coming up, Ruben is so excited as he loved it there last year. The last part of the year is such a busy time for our business that I'm thinking we might plan a trip somewhere for next year, hubby has the big 4-0 birthday next year and it would be great to do something special for him..
Some of the things we have been up to this summer:
Cosplay continues to be a big part of our lives, especially for the girls! They are hugely into a series called Voltron at the moment, even meeting a couple of the voice actors back in May at London Comic Con. For Sheffield Comic Con this weekend they dressed as Haggar the Witch (Piper) and Lotor (Cordelia) Cordelia even entered the cosplay competition, she didn't place this time but it was a really good confidence boost for her.
We had a rare August day of Sun last week and went to see some of the new exhibits at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, obviously Loki had to come too..
We had a trip into York too, it was insanely busy-felt like we were in London there were so many tourists but we had a lovely day anyway.
Hubby and I had a big show in Glasgow so we managed to go and see some things that we had been wanting to visit for ages, it was so, so lovely to have a weekend by ourselves even if we were working too:
Glasgow, we stayed in the hotel right next to this massive crane!
The Kelpies, they were amazing and it was so cool to see them with no one else around as normally the area is so full of tourists. You can see a tiny me stood beneath them for scale.
We saw about the Falkirk Wheel on a program about Lego years ago, it was so cool to see but we must come back and see it working next time.
We also had a weekend in London working at the Film and Comic Con, Bailey came down on the train for one of the days and paid to meet Benedict Cumberbatch!
Hubby and I discovered the Saatachi Gallery for the first time and walked miles and miles and miles in London-just for a change haha