100 Days of Home Education

This post is a little different from normal in that it forms part of a blog hop. We are celebrating the diversity that is home education. I am one of many home educators taking part in this blog hop, in which we share a little about how home education works in our families. Yesterdays post came from RioLife, so pop over and see how they do things.

For us home education is an intricate part of our lives. It isn’t a separate part like it was when they were in mainstream school. We had school and we had home. Now it is all one, learning and living go hand in hand. From the moment we get up in the morning, the children are responsible for their own breakfasts (with supervision or help if needed), taking charge of their dietary needs. Many days it is toast or cereal, some times they like croissants or pastries. The younger two girls love a big plate of fresh salad and mixed meats and cheeses, whilst the older two prefer eggs.

Most days begin with a little screen time, whether that be Minecraft, YouTube, Roblox or Netflix. Often the children choose “educational” videos or games, but even when it’s not obviously educational they’re still learning. R has learnt to touch type by chatting to online friends, someone commented to me just a couple of days ago about the speed in which she types. Her spelling is almost perfect and what is best is that she is not afraid to ask how to spell a word if she is unsure.

We often head out to see friends, family or attend a group or visit somewhere special. We enjoy hours and hours of fun, team building, play, socialisation and learning in the forest. Mastering skills from balance to wood craft, and learning about nature in all seasons. We meet with children of all ages, various nationalities and from different backgrounds. We take part in national and international celebrations such as World Book Day, Burns Night, National Pizza Day or Comic Relief at our weekly groups.

We’re always on the look out for new and exciting ways to explore the world around us. With visits to museums, libraries, and historical places amongst our favourites. We also enjoy quiet days at home like yesterday, where we bake, do gardening and grow our own veggies. Yesterday Little S made a carrot cake, S made loom band bracelets using a repetitive pattern (a little maths there), and the girls did Hama beads too (perfect for enhancing fine motor skills). R learnt about the human body on MWorld, taking a quiz on the skeleton.

E learnt about reflections and mirrors on YouTube, played a banking game on Roblox and did some reading practice with me. He’s not keen on writing but he did sign his name in a card for Nanny. The smallest girls took the dog for a walk with me and my friend kept an eye on the older two. Two of the girls friends came for the walk too so they had lots of fun playing. S chose sausage, potatoes and veggies for dinner tonight, as we all take turns choosing our favourite meals.

Unfortunately our original plans for a group woodland day today have been cancelled due to poor weather forecast (Storm Doris). Perhaps we’ll spend the days baking, painting and reading or maybe we’ll go and burn some energy at a soft play, I’m not sure yet we may even fit all of that in! But for now I go and have a cuppa. Be sure to read EnglishWeather’s post tomorrow for another view of home education.

 

11 thoughts on “100 Days of Home Education”

  1. Home learning seems to be coming more popular lately. I can’t say I would have the patience for it personally but it’s brilliant what you are doing for your children and sounds like you are all enjoying it too x

  2. There’s a lot to be said for educating at home. I am grateful we are allowed it in the UK having spent the past five years living in a country where it’s against the law… It sounds like you pack a lot in to your days!

    1. The hardest part was making that decision. I felt so nervous taking mine out of school but it has been the best decision. Life is so much more rewarding, watching them grow and learn.

  3. I look at families that home school and wonder how they do it, I don’t think I could. I do worry that they miss out on experiences in school though, ours have just had exchange students from china, have a swimming gala this week and are penpals with an indian school. Do you have to follow a syllabus or get checked by the LA?

    1. My eldest has a penpal in the US. We have friends who also home educate that are from Poland, Brazil, Spain, South Africa etc, that we see weekly. We don’t follow any curriculum but learn according to the children’s interests. My eldest loves history and my son loves animals. We all learn together even my 3 year old has learnt about the Tudors and sharks and quite in depth levels.
      We do choose to have a yearly visit from the LA who simply come and say hello and see what we’ve been up to. The visits are not compulsory but as my son has autism I find them helpful.
      I have found that the children have a much more natural and fulfilling education than they did when they were in school.

  4. Wow that was odd. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear.
    Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just
    wanted to say fantastic blog!

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