Some children who were previously homeschooled are starting school for the first time this year. Going back to school is stressful for kids as well as parents.
“ We are very stressed says Annabelle, we hope they integrate and quickly understand how the school works “. Going back to school is difficult for this large family of seven children, who have been used to home schooling until now.
This Tuesday, August 30, 2022, Marie, Engerand and Victor opened their school in Caen (Calvados) for the first time. Entering the small nursery was especially difficult for the youngest, who was separated from her mother for the first time.
His big brother Victor, 7, returned to CE1 with a lump in his stomach. His parents have already tried twice to enroll him in school in the past. Two attempts that went wrong. That’s why he’s been homeschooled so far.
Of the siblings, only one smiled today. Enguerrand, quick to make friends and discover the playground. He returned to the big part with great enthusiasm, but his parents are worried because he is a particularly energetic 5-year-old boy.
“Victor manages to obey and make friends, he behaves “normally”, but Engeran cannot behave. Teachers can have a lot of difficulty channeling it.” worry your mother, Annabelle.
In the coming weeks, this mother knows that she must be especially attentive to the integration of her children. “This year, for the first time, I did not have to prepare the programs, but Going back to school required a lot more psychological preparation.” she says. “I took the time to explain to the children what is done and what is not done at school. In the coming weeks we must also pay attention to them”.
Together with her husband, she has carefully prepared this return to school. The couple chose a private school. During a meeting with the principal, she assured them that the teachers are open to new pedagogies and that the teaching is adapted to each child, according to his particularities.
Even if Annabelle made the choice this year to send her children to school to free up time and resume her professional activities, this mother still wants the freedom to be able to resume homeschooling, which is now in jeopardy. “For children who do not fit in, for whom the school does not work, homeschooling is necessary. Sometimes it’s a real spare wheel“, she says.
But from the start of the 2022 school year, you will now have to meet certain conditions to homeschool your children. The August 24, 2021 law “consolidating respect for the principles of the republic” now requires parents to obtain permission from the state. Only six reasons are valid:
- Illness or disability
- Intensive practice of an artistic or sporting activity
- Family homelessness in France
- A home away from any public school
- The characteristics of the child require a specific educational project
- A child victim of bullying at his school
Annabelle defends it: homeschooling is sometimes necessary. “One of our older daughters was ahead and had a school phobia.” she testifies “Therefore school was a real source of suffering, it is a particularly difficult environment for hypersensitive children”. Homeschooling gave the young girl some time off to recover emotionally.
Annabelle is convinced of that.”children should learn by living, not by sitting in a chair”.