Trying To Find A Balance

I’ve always had problem with finding a balance between the house, work, children (and my husband). But, since starting the home educating there’s even more to juggle now.

I’m lucky that I can work (to a certain extent) when I want as I’m self employed. My work away from home is normally evenings and weekends, but I also work online as well. The online work can be done when I’m not ‘needed’ for help with ‘school’ work.

I’m also looking at starting doing a course which will help me with a new job in the future. This will mean finding a few hours to myself each day.

As the child I home educate is 10 and quite able, I can, on the whole, leave her to work. Although this sometimes doesn’t work as well if I am in a different room. and she is doing online work as she gets sidetracked and quite often ends up on games.

Her younger sister is more of a problem. She wants, she thinks, to be home educated as well. But, she doesn’t want to actually work. With decided to do a trial during the school holidays to see if she would do the work. This, again, hasn’t quite worked out. She needs watching every minute of the day. If you leave her alone she stops working.

We have (all) decided that the younger one will go back to school in September but we will carry on working with her after school and weekends. If she can show that she wants to learn we will consider taking her out after the October half term.

I suppose all we can do at the moment is carry on as we are and hope that things slot into a routine by their self.

HE Resources For Sale


Read condition, £1 each Paper Back

First French at School (Usborne First Languages)
First French on Holiday (Usborne First Languages)
First French at Home (Usborne First Languages)


Collins First Time Spanish Dictionary (Collins Primary Dictionaries)£4 New Paper Back


Collins Primary Illustrated French Dictionary (8-May-2014) Paperback£6 New Paper Back

Letts Basic Skills: Addition & Subtraction Age 9-10: £1 Unused but slightly creased Paper Back


Starting Riding (Usborne First Skills)£1 used but good Paper Back

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Disney’s The Lion King Book & CD £3 used but good Hard Back

The Booktime Book of Fantastic First Poems £1 used but good Paper Back

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The Forgetful Spider Age 4-6 Years £1 Used but good


Used Ladybird Books 50p each

The Wind In The Willows

Two Minute Bunny Tales

Read It Yourself The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Read It Yourself Billy Goats Gruff (names inside)


Unwin Hyman Short Stories – Shorties. A series of short stories with an average of 3 pages each on different genre’s such as Humour, Crime, Sci-Fi, & Supernatural. Authors include Anton Chekhov, Graham Greene, Somerset Maughan & Dylan Thomas. Ex school book. There is a slight musty smell as it’s been stored for years. Paper Back 50p


Unwin Hyman Short Stories – That’ll Be The Day. Ex school book. There is a slight musty smell as it’s been stored for years. Paper Back 50p

IQ Genius – Challenging Questions for 7-11 year olds. Paper Back £1.50 duplicated so unused


NVQ Level 2 Children’s Care, Learning and Development: Candidate Handbook (S/NVQ Children’s Care Learning and Development) Paper Back Used but Good £2.00


The LEGO® Ideas Book Hard Back New £8.00


LEGO® City Ultimate Sticker Collection (Ultimate Stickers) Paper Back New £.4.00


LEGO® Minifigure Ultimate Sticker Collection Paper Back New £3.00


Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia Hard Back New £8.50


CGP Key Stage One English – about 12 pages had been filled in with pencil, now rubbed out (with varying degrees of success). 50p


By Margaret Gronow Year 1 (100 Mental Maths Starters) (1st Edition)
– unused, a great resource £3


Letts Practice papers – Writing Key Stage 1 – name inside but unused 50p


Investigations and Progression in Science – teaching book showing scientific investigations t key stage 1 and 2. 12 scientific themes are discussed such as weather, light, water, magnetism, floating and sinking, materials & others. A good science resource £1.00

Warrior 007 – Samurai 1550 – 1600 Paper Back, like new £3


KS2 Maths Study Book Paper Back No writing inside but a bit tatty from storage £1 SOLD


KS2 Science Question Book (Question Books) by CGP Books (1999) Paperback Never been written in £1.50 


100 Maths Homework Activities for Year 1Paper back, some activities done but in pencil most rubbed out. £1


English age 6-8 years. Over 120 pages, new £2.50


Maths age 6-8 years. Over 120 pages, new £2.50


The Arts Past and Present : Illustration Book. Plates for Books 3 and 4 Please click the link to check this book out. Used but still good, £1.50


Future Nature: A Vision for Conservation.  This would be at least GCSE level, possibly higher. Crease on the front cover and a name inside but good clean condition. £2.50


Counting age 3=5 years. Over 120 pages, new £2.50

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Alphabet age 3-5 years. Over 120 pages, new £2.50