The phrase “home education images” makes me smile wryly. It appears with the growth of the number of home-educated children, there are many opinions about the potential damage home-educating families may be doing to their children. If you accept as I do that most parents do their best you will realise that if anything it is the home-educating mums and dads themselves who will worry most about the welfare of their children. I know I question myself, our decision to home educate and so much else on an almost daily basis.
Home education images
Home education images that I see on home education blogs and networks shows a lot of magical memory making. I am in awe of what many home-educating parents do with their children and the creativity they show. I worry that I spend too much time coming from a very schooled background missing out a little on even knowing on how to inject that magical touch. However some days we make it!
Home education day
Our home education day yesterday included practising French in France with French people. It also involved trying out local food and drink. It also involved us collecting apples in readiness to make crab apple jelly. This was a lot of fun as you can see from my son’s face. We were outdoors away from our various screens. There was lots of laughter, lots of risk-taking as my son climbed trees higher and higher and plenty of healthy fresh air.
A different home education image
If you visited us today, you will have seen that we managed a long walk with the dogs. We got a little more structured today and studied some abstract art. Again there was lots of giggles as my son is not a fan at all preferring to see more concrete representations of things when it comes to paintings. We moved on as part of our World War One studies to listen to a former Doctor Who reading Wilfred Owen’s “Dulce et Decorum Est”. We discussed the extent to which war should or should not be glorified. It was interesting to find out the origin of the term “Dulce et Decorum Est”. One thing I love about home education is that we can follow up questions for as long as it takes without the bell going for another class. French lessons will follow later along with preparation of a chlli con carne dinner and looking at different forms of crab apple jelly.
What am I really saying?
I think what I am trying to say is that home education images vary and that’s OK. People have a right to question the merit of home education and to find out more. Others have a right to question the education system and the pressures it is putting on children. If we are all positive learners, we can all learn from each other. For me, if my children are mentally well keen to learn and getting outdoors regularly, we are probably just about on the right track. Today that right track showed us lovely things and made us smile.