Thursday, 8 October 2015

October Photo Challenge

I'm not really a big Instagram user. the last time I used it was for the #100homeeddays challenge. Anyhow, in my Facebook newsfeed I saw the #hsdailyphoto challenge for October hosted by A Sip of Southern Sunshine. Find her on Instagram and see other people's posts too.

OK, s Blogger is being weird and not letting me post photos :(

You can see the challenge criteria here and you can see my #hsdailyphoto challenge pictures on my Facebook page and on Instagram.

In other news, today we went to see Ten Pieces which we all thoroughly enjoyed. Between us, our favourites were A Lark Ascending by Vaughn Williams, Mambo from West Side Story by Bernstein and Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra by Gabriel Prokofiev.

Next free cinema trips that we're looking forward to will be with the Into Film Festival in November. There's still time t book your films, if you haven't already done so :)

Thursday, 27 August 2015

USA Homeschooling Infograph

This is an interesting infograph that I have been asked to share. It looks at the history of American homeschoolers from 1977 and shows how the number of homeschooled children in America has doubled since 1999.

Home Schooling

I'd love to see something similar for UK home educators, statistics and history-wise. I wonder what reasons UK parents would give for their choice to home educate?

I'm not so sure about the last three tips for homeschooling though.

Establish Expectations? Maybe that's got something to do with American home education laws. I don't really go in for evaluation by subject. I take a much more holistic approach to learning within our routines and loose structure. I know that learning happens all the time and often the outcome can not be foreseen at the outset. We often digress and what they actually learn can look very different from what I thought they would learn. The important thing is that they DO learn and that they ENJOY the process :)

Set a Space? Again, I view learning as part of life. I WANT the task of learning to be perfectly intermingled and integrated into the household.

Don't Forget Friends? Goes without saying, doesn't it? And as for children being at home with parents all day every day, that's very far from the truth in this family and other home educating families I know.

And just to add, if you do want to know the law in regard home educating in the UK, useful websites include:
Education Otherwise
Home Education UK
Home Education Advisory Service
Ed Yourself
Educational Freedom
Elective Home Education Wales

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Gods Group

No, there's no missing apostrophe.
Today was our local themed group session. The children chose the theme themselves a few months ago and the theme was Gods.

It was a fairly quiet session (August usually is) with just 6 families with 12 children in all, age range 1 to 14.

It was beautiful day for a change, so the kids all spent a lot of time outdoors playing a very complicated role play game that involved super powers. It's great to hear a wide age range of children negotiating and building characters and plot together, loudly and happily I might add. No arguments or tears. Bliss!

There were Spirit cards to look at, colouring pages of Egyptian gods, a couple of Roman Gods minibooks left over from a previous session and a story about the Hindu gods.

They also looked at the names of the days of the week...

...fictional gods, the focus being on Arnold Bros (est 1905) from  Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes by Terry Pratchett...

  ...ancient local gods and making your own god statue...

...and Green man mask making.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Currclick Summer Sale

Currclick are having a summer sale with 259 reduced items available until 22nd June.

Why not pop over to Currclick and bag a bargain?

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Sewing Boy

One thing I really like about home education is that there is less pressure to stick to traditionally gendered activities. It's never been too much of a problem for girls to like and enjoy 'boy' stuff, but boys are often ridiculed by their peers (and, unfortunately, some adults) for taking part in and enjoying anything deemed to be 'girlie'.

As a family, we attend a local sewing class that's aimed at adults. The Girl is developing her patchwork skills and I'm learning just how much bodging has gone on with my sewing projects for all these years. It's actually really nice to learn how to do things properly and not to be allowed to be lazy. (Think ironing seams :/)

After two lessons these are Boykin's creations, both are his own design :)
He's learnt how to pin a pattern, how to applique, how to use a sewing machine, how to handstitch a seam and how to embroider.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Bank Holiday Monday

I spent the morning working on a new project and trying to organise another qualification course for The Girl and some of her friends.
Boykin was mostly playing Minecraft and the Girl mostly slept, recovering from her Duke of Edinburgh expedition.
In the afternoon , we got out for a walk with our neighbours. The sky was grey and it kept threatening to rain but it felt so good to be outside...

...swinging on ropes...

...climbing trees...

...walking in woods...

...and making flower garland crowns :)

How did you spend your Bank Holiday Monday?