It is possible for us to have a positive home education day and I am committed to this being our new reality.
I have worked out that because I am probably over-schooled, I need some structured aspects to our day or I feel too wobbly. This cannot be good for the children and they need to see a mum who is confident in our home education journey.
Edplace for a positive home education day
I signed up for Edplace ages ago and we use it from time to time but I want this to be more of a regular thing. My 12 year old son loves snuggling up and working through stuff with me watching him. We usually have a good giggle and often challenge the answers too which I think enhances learning but then what do I know? We did some maths involving the calculator looking at how easy it is to work out percentages with this resource. I often don’t let them have the calculator but I need to learn that calculators exist and you can do maths on phones and tablets now easily enough too. What is the point in educating them for a time long gone? We did some science about electricity and circuits – my mind boggled as it will on many a scientific topic but my son flew through the worksheet with a perfect score. We moved on to English which he loves working out the meaning of proverbs. Again he got a perfect score and we talked about the proverbs in a wider context too.
It was a sunny day and we don’t use our large garden and the forest nearly enough. That should changes as we are blessed to have these resources to hand. We went outside and built nests. We did it freehand but we learned so much. I tend to be really cynical about this sort of thing. I love the magic of it but being over-schooled, I have doubts about the value of learning outside the classroom too often. Having said that it is this sort of thing that I see other home educators doing and I think they are amazing and providing magical memories for their children. So today we had a go. We learned about keeping safe around brambles and the need to keep hydrated in hot weather. There was trial and error in our nest attempts and you learn to relax and realise that this is all absolutely fine. Isn’t life a whole heap of trials and errors for all of us really? It is also important to use imagination in life and I sat in wonder as my son suddenly decided the birds were going to use his nest as a boat and export pine cones. You can knock this stuff but it has to be better than the stress of SATS!
I don’t enjoy video games. I don’t know how to work the controllers or anything. When the children were little, I was so cross when my parents got my son his first Wii thing. I did not want them to be chained to screens and video games. The truth is I don’t like the amount of time any of my children spend on these things but over the years I have started to realise they can learn via the gaming as well as by books and other methods. A lot of games have some great vocabulary so they encourage reading as well as strategy. I understand but have yet to understand the Minecraft is a great learning tool. I have also worked out that if I want the children to meet me where I am at on this home education journey, I need to meet them on their ground too. So I went upstairs and watched my son playing a video game.
Stepping away from the laptop
I can hardly criticise my children for screen time when I am all too often chained to my laptop. On this positive home education day, I learned I can step away from the laptop and the world does not end. I am not worse off financially for taking that quality time with my children.
Celebrating a positive home education day
I feel amazing to realise how by putting my more troublesome thoughts about home education down in a blog post I have turned a corner in a positive way. I got so much support from bloggers and home educators. So I celebrate and learn that sometimes when we tell the truth and show our vulnerabilities we help others and are still acceptable out there in the big wide world.
I have decided to blog about our home education to keep me on track and so I can look back and see how much we actually do on my wobbly days.
Here’s to positive home education and positive mums too!