A positive home education day

It is possible for us to have a positive home education day and I am committed to this being our new reality.

Positive Home Education

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

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.

Getting outdoors

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!

Video games

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.

A Positive Home Education Day

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!

 

 

 

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15 Comments

  1. Becky Willoughby May 25, 2018 / 8:37 am

    I am so glad you are working out how to make Home Ed work for all of you. If I didn’t have to earn a living then I would be tempted to join you!

  2. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs May 26, 2018 / 6:09 am

    What a lovely post Kate. I think we all have wobbles when it comes to homeschooling, we certainly have! If ever you want to bounce some ideas off each other, then you know where I am 🙂 x

    Thanks so much for sharing with #MMBC.

  3. Helena May 26, 2018 / 7:27 am

    Home schooling is fantastic whether it’s used solely to educate a child or used to compliment i.e. after school. I particularly love the idea of learning outside too and not being chained to a screen. It sounds like both of you will get stuff out of it. #MMBC

  4. Sarah May 27, 2018 / 9:40 am

    Sounds like you’re getting to grips with home ed. Don’t worry about not always allowing access to calculators and stuff, yes, they exist in the world, but far too often people today have no idea if the answer they show up is actually the RIGHT answer! At least if your kids know how to work the answer out without the technology they’ll have an understanding of what the answer ought to be.

    I too am hopeless at video games, J gets me to have a go every now and again and is amazed that I NEVER improve 🙂

  5. Nita May 29, 2018 / 5:06 pm

    You’re brave, I wouldn’t know where to begin with home education, but this is certainly something I would love to learn and know more about since little one is starting big school next year! #TwinklyTuesday

  6. Sounds like an exciting journey you are on, for both of you. I wish you many more positive Home Ed days, I’m sure with your motivation there will be many more to come! #LivingArrows

  7. Briony May 29, 2018 / 9:05 pm

    I think it’s great you are going to start writing about your home ed journey, it really will help you keep on track and celebrate those wins!! My friends is a home educator and it works really well for her and her daughter, she’s been doing it for about 5 years now. Though her girl is younger. Good luck with it #TwinklyTuesday

  8. Ojo Henley June 2, 2018 / 4:47 pm

    Good for you! Recognising successes is a good move forward x

  9. Sarah TheRealLaraShoe June 3, 2018 / 7:18 am

    It’s a great idea to write about your home ed journey. It’s good to look back on what you’ve been doing. We need to keep more of. Record of what we do… things to think about!!
    Thanks for linking up with us #FabFridayPost

  10. Donna June 3, 2018 / 9:25 am

    I’m not sure I could home educate – I don’t feel like I know enough and I’m not sure the children would learn from me but it sounds like you’re doing really well with it x

  11. Confessions of a New Mummy June 4, 2018 / 11:09 am

    I’m not sure I could home ed, I don’t think I know enough or would be disciplined enough to do everything needed. It sounds like you’re doing a great job with it. Similarly, I’m not massively keen on my children using video games but we do let them use their tablets as they play a lot of number and word games and have been picking up no end so they have their uses! Thanks for linking up #twinklytuesday.

  12. Jaki June 10, 2018 / 12:53 pm

    I admire anyone who can take on and commit to Home Education. I wouldn’t even know where to start! Thanks so much for sharing with #TriumphantTales!

  13. Malin June 18, 2018 / 8:56 am

    Thank you for this positive and inspiring post, Kate!
    Your point about calculators has made me think that I should show Penguin how to use one. He has (so far) only very basic numeracy skills and I’ve tried different ways of teaching basic maths, including various hands-on activities and counting on an abacus as well as different apps. And there are everyday things we do such as baking where adding up etc is involved, so I’m hoping that he’ll develop a grasp for it with time. But we haven’t actally used a calculator, and I’m thinking now that I should teach Penguin the basics of using one. Sometimes we need something or someone to remind us of things like this, so thank you for being my reminder on this one! xx

  14. Sarah June 27, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    I think it’s amazing what you’re doing and I love the idea of learning outside, I think it’s so important for our children to learn away from a classroom. This will be such an amazing diary for you to look back on. Thanks for linking this to #thursdayteam

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