Home Education

Home education and reasons to be cheerful

Home education has given me many a wobbly moment over the last few years but this week has seen a huge shift in my thinking. I have a written plan to refer to that I devised. It keeps me on track and makes me reassured that the children are covering things that matter according to received wisdom and our own family’s views.

I wanted to share some quotes from my amazing children that gave me great heart this week.

On discussing the heat wave my son’s response was “Why do we need the sun? Let’s learn about that.” I am always happy to tailor our days to what they want to learn so I have a new challenge to work on here. He also agreed it would be interesting to learn more biology based on how we respond to heat waves.

On sharing information on the big Friday event astronomy wise, my son responded with an email to me “SPAAAAAAAAAAACE!” This confirms his passion for all things moon, stars and so on. Similarly my suggestion we should start working through classical composers resulted in “I’d like to learn about this soon.” If he had not left school, I would have no idea of his great passion for classical music!

I have started to share something inspirational, funny or both with them on a daily basis too via email. Yesterday’s contribution resulted in this from my son “I seriously burst out laughing at this!” We also had some fun watching some Catherine Tate videos on a more stressful day this week. If I can teach them you can feel better with a laugh, that has got to count as a vital life skill right?

Now I have a struggle to decide my favourite subject and their responses this week. I am torn between poetry and history as both went well.

So from my son, I give you “Poems are beautiful things. I enjoy how smooth they feel compared to modern music.” I find that a stunningly beautiful way to put it. He is so full of soul and can recognise beauty so easily. What a wonderful 12 year old boy!

My daughter is quite self-directed learning loads about art, design and Japan this week. However she nailed it for me with her response to information I sent her about the Sarajevo assassination that sparked World War One.

She commented;

“It’s interesting, considering the event of his assassination was only slightly touched upon in school. However, it appears there was a huge issue with world leaders over thinking their importance – America right now – which probably would have lead to some kind of conflict, even if it didn’t match in scale.

Of course, there is also the fact that it would’ve only prevented that World War, and so World War 2 might’ve happened anyway, causing that to become World War 1”

So there are this week’s home education reasons to cheerful.

I would love feedback on this post for my wobbly old days!






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  • Janet

    It does sound so rewarding, I can imagine it must be pretty intense to home educate and I hope your plan continues to help you a lot.

  • Daydreams of a mum

    Love this positive post . My one regret is not Home Educating the youngest for a couple of years at least through infants. Everyone threw their opinions in and most disagreed. I didn’t really care but her dad was against the idea too and he has shared residence so felt obliged to concede

  • oftencalledcathy

    I love your children’s imaginative and open minded responses in this post – I suspect that school sometimes stamps out these attributes. I also think that being able to laugh with your children is a great gift and an important part of maintaining a close relationship x

  • Denise Johnson

    One of the best benefits of home education is being able to tailor the education to individual interests which then sparks so much more interest and passion than ‘normal’ school does. I really wish that I had had the confidence to homeschool my children #PoCoLo

  • Nige

    Well done on the home ed it takes a lot of dedication Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

  • Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs

    We all have wobbles Kate, you are not alone. I love how positive this post is and by the sounds of it, you have some very content kids right there! Home ed is just awesome.

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. x

  • Sarah

    Sounds like you’re doing a great job Kate, wobbles are normal, but your kids sound like they’re enthused, so don’t worry xx

  • Helena

    I think it’s only normal for wobbly days to appear. It shows you are a caring, loving mum. I love what little ones come up with. #ThursdayTeam

  • Carol Cameleon

    I LOVE your approach to Home Ed Kate. Indirect yet direct, creative and thought-provoking, encouraging and your children clearly love your method. I do think that more humour needs to be brought into the curriculum. Our 8yo’s school watches Newsround a couple of times of a week and I love that. You know when she’s seen it because she initiates so much discussion. Thanks so much for linking to #AllSortsofBlogs

  • Kirsty

    It sounds like home school is going so well for you all. I don’t think that assassination was even covered when I was at school and the world wars were both taught in length. It was something I learnt about many years later. Thank you for joining #ThursdayTeam

  • Berni

    I really wish I’d been brave enough to home educate my son. To be fair he’s done really well despite not because of the education system. All the home educated kids I know are amazing. Keep going. Your kids sound fantastic. #blogcrush

  • Louise willis

    You doing an amazing job. As a teacher I would love to adapt my lessons to the children’s interests – but there just isn’t enough time. Keep doing what you are doing. #BloggerClubUK

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