Monday, 29 May 2017

Home Education Groups

Even though everyone's Home Ed journey is different it's great to get out in the community and meet up with other Home Edders. It gives us mums the opportunity to give each other ideas and find out about events and allows the children to socialise.

When I first started home educating years ago there were not that many of us around and not many people had even heard of Home Education back then. I first registered with Education Otherwise which gives you access to a national contact list, divided by county of local groups. I also signed up with the West Yorkshire Home Education Yahoo group where Home Educators frequently post events. Facebook also has many Home Ed groups and there are many Whatsapp groups to join too.

Some Home educators plan visits and workshops to various places so it's worth being on groups to look out for these educational opportunities.

Last week I booked an Art Workshop for 20 Home ed children and their parents. The theme was 'Animals' using recycling materials and their work will be displayed in an exhibition. This was also a great opportunity for those completing Arts Awards http://www.artsaward.org.uk/



















Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Do our Home Ed days always go to plan?

I have learnt over the years not to plan their home ed days weeks in advance as things could change during that time and new topics of interest could arise but we always have those days when things just don't work out or myself/the children aren't feeling too well which is fine, and that's one of the many blessings of Home ed! Plus they are your own children so you don't need to bog yourself down with lots of lesson plans which they need in schools to keep track of the 30+  children in the class.
But in the early days this used to absolutely devastate me and I thought that surely they hadn't learnt a single thing that day and that they would've learnt so much more had they been in school.
I soon learnt to look back at the day's events and had to remind myself that this is not 'School at home' and things do not have to be set in stone. I also had to remind myself about the reason I started this journey in the first place which was to allow my children to have the time to do those subjects/activities that they enjoy and follow their own interests.
When I looked back at their day I soon realised they had learnt many things through their experiences and discussions, they didn't have to be necessarily sat with a pen and paper at the table and their classroom didn't have to have four walls!
So I've learnt to plan activities but I'm much more relaxed if they decide to do a project about the snail they've found on the garden path that morning or gone off to research how toothpaste is made. Sometimes news events spark a discussion, like when a volcano erupted in Iceland and they decided to make their own volcano, write diary entries about being there in Iceland and they also started a project on that country.
For the past couple of days the weather has suddenly changed and it's been raining here. As home Edders we can grab these learning opportunities and so they centred their learning around this theme.

Here are some pics of today's activities:-



Concrete (shape) poetry with the boys.




The little ones squirted paint onto their paper and left out in the rain. They loved seeing the results!!


Maymunah made a raindrop for the window.


Abdur-Rahmaan made his own rain gauge.




Shapes & shadows in Nature

  This week we made many trips to the park to look for shapes and symmetry in nature. There are so many learning opportunities when out a...