It has been an eventful few weeks. Two weeks ago I disassociated myself from the Jehovah’s Witnesses. This for a variety of reasons, which I will not go into in detail but to say that they became quite cultish in their behaviour.
As a result I have lost my entire support network for home schooling because once you disassociate yourself from the organisation you are then deemed an Apostate and as a result are shunned by all current members. This would include my group of home education friends who were also JWs.
I am thankful that I am awake (as us apostates put it!) and also happy that my mam knew a woman at her church who home schools so she is going to take me under her wing and help me get to know the home Ed community outside the watchtower organisation. A massive shout out to Mandy for this.
St Chads church does a fun at 4 children and families service once a month and I took Jake for the first time. He loved it! They did crafts based around Moses and the 10 commandments. Then they had a story. Jake felt included in everything and both vicars who do it are fab! I am definitely planning on taking him back there 🙂
Both kids have been poorly too so we have done a lot of watching videos as learning. Our guard cat Tilly was playing nurse as usual.
However when he felt a bit better we ventured into Newcastle to see the Soldier statue outside the Theatre Royal for remembrance day. I thought it was important to know how horrific war was without traumatising him too much. Also we found watching the animation Poppies by Cbeebies was amazing.
We took a very cold trip to Saltwell park and decided to feed the birds while we were there. It was slightly traumatising for us both because we didn’t expect the sheer amount of birds to appear then actually follow us around the park when we had ran out!! – note to self, do NOT do that again! I have seen Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘the birds’ too many times not to be freaked out haha.
Since we haven’t been able to do any sit down and study lessons we have been practicing on doing craft activities until I can re do a schedule that will be good and reflect our change in circumstances. We made felt faces using craft kits from Wilkos. We also have Christmas ones to do. I also started trying to make Anglican prayer beads and ropes for my own spiritual journey, which Jake helped with.
Since I am now celebrating Christmas this year we have been doing LOADS of preparation for it. We have been making angels, Christmas trees, elves, door hooks, decorations for the tree, home made Christmas cards and tags, Christmas pictures and lots and lots of paper chains. It has been good to see Jake exploring the different textures in a controlled environment. I also got the kids a Christmas eve box each (and a spare one for us parents too!) so I painted them red and green with gold writing on them. We are not allowed to put the Christmas tree up till 1st December (Daddy has spoken 😦 ) but we are making sure Jake understands the true meaning of Christmas as well as the fact that not all people get the same as us. To support this we are going to be doing a cleanout of his room and donating to the local food bank.
To top it off this is the first year Jake has been able to write a letter to Santa and we actually got to meet him at the Metrocentre. Jake was petrified but he eventually spoke to him.
We have made a start on making a sensory room for Jake along a tipi and somewhere where he can chill if he needs to. I have got both kids a sensory basket each and they love it! Carol Lloyd from sensory treasure on Facebook does them and she is amazing! It helps calm Jake down and helps with his motor skills.
And finally as usual we had our little learners class. We are so fortunate that Emma is an amazing teacher and Jake was even helping her show the younger kids how to do each of the marks.
I am hoping that once things settle down (Jake is confused about our change of circumstances regarding the JWs) we will be able to do a proper home education schedule and help him.