Sandringham author says home education 'can have joyful moments' as she publishes new book Home Ed and Four Legs
Up and down the country mums and dads have been counting down the minutes to wine o'clock after a tough day home schooling.
Millions have discovered a new-found admiration for the skills of teachers after wrestling with hitherto forgotten (or newly invented) concepts such as 'fronted adverbials'.
Now help could be on hand courtesy of Sandringham author and illustrator Hannah Whyman Naveh, who sent her first books to her famous neighbour Kate Middleton with the Duchess of Cambridge
writing back a note of thanks.
Kate and William are known for their positive attitude on home schooling so they will undoubtedly love Hannah's new book.
Hannah already has three published books to her name and the recent rise in home schooling during lockdown inspired her third, Home Ed and Four Legs, which will be available in Waterstones and Amazon on March 1.
Her husband Idan Whyman Naveh, 51, is a self-employed service engineer and he was travelling to Europe several times a year before the pandemic.
During the first lockdown he had no work at all and it was devastating for the family.
Hannah said: "We’ve gone from a really good place to having no savings at all, we used our savings because we thought this would be over soon. We've had to adapt."
Hannah has used her writing and illustrating skills to support her family during this difficult time and her Piper and Minnie series has been sold in Waterstones, Barnes and Noble and Amazon.
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She hopes her latest work will help shed a new light on home schooling for parents.
It is written from her own experience, and aims to show the highs, lows and joys of being a home schooling parent.
Her three children Poppy, 12, Indie, nine, and Piper, three, are no strangers to home education, as they have now been home schooled for a number of years.
"I used to be a school run mum and I found it was stressful, my children have adapted to really well and have a great routine.
"I wrote my book as a way to help parents who are struggling with home school to show them it can be a rewarding and joyful experience.
"I don’t have to worry about all the devices being charged and getting onto teams meetings.
"It’s very laid back and they learn what they want to learn and we make sure they have the core subjects. It's easier going for all of us.
If my kids normally went to school they would be feral right now with the added pressures of lockdown! So I can imagine what other parents are going through.
"It's been really tough for families as their children are used to going into school, and they think staying at home is a treat, so when their parents are trying to work and juggle their educational needs it can get tough."
Because of the quality of her beautiful illustrations, Hannah has been contacted by authors to illustrate their books and one of her latest projects is the touching Getting Back on Your Feet After Losing A Loved One, by Danny Bailey, 12, who lives in Heacham.
Hannah and Danny's mother Nicky Bailey collaborated on the book, which Danny wrote when he was just eight years old after tragically losing his beloved father to SADS (Sudden Arrythmic Death Syndrome) when he was five.
Danny hopes to help other grieving children with his insightful words.
The book will be released on February 15 and will also be available in Waterstones and on Amazon.