People often ask me how my daughter is educated at home, what we do, whether we have tutors, workbooks, follow the national curriculum etc… I’m never quite sure what to say.
To sum up our amazing, awesome learning adventure in few-enough words to satisfy what is generally only a very fleeting casual interest would be impossible and, I feel, ill-advised.
Imagine you were at a job interview and were asked the question: “who are you?” and you knew you only had a couple of minutes max in which to reply.
A response that needs to somehow encompass the huge wealth of experience and emotion that makes up the life that is now flashing in front of your eyes; an answer that must at least “satisfy”, even better impress, to quell the insecurity that has risen in you… you are about to be 100% judged on what you choose to say.
As planned as it is spontaneous, as structured as it is informal, as challenging as it is rewarding, as full of diverse groups, trips and social meets (yes, we socialise) as it is quiet solo days at home (yes, we do writing, spelling, maths and times tables).
Packed with rich vigorous periods of intense mental and physical endeavour interspersed with the laziest, sleepiest duvet days ever (on which some of the most original ideas are invented and the bestest thoughts are thunk).
The freedom to be whoever we want to be: as different for us as a fingerprint from the next home educating family.
In the picture: the ultimate “best friends” mash-up.
Pet bunnies on a day out to the kitchen for health-checks and cuddles, imaginative role-play with the human BFF via Skype on the laptop.
Trapeze on the indoor swing hook for letting off steam today, maybe a swing or a rope tomorrow; turtle target for some throwing action.
The beloved purple plasma car / swing / swivel / wiggle car – best £25 I’ve ever spent – wholeheartedly recommended for kids with sensory and/or balance challenges or not, adults too, such fun.
Lifesize work-in-progress drawing of a cool horse-riding girl taped to the window: as well as a fun creative activity, we’ve touched on maths and biology looking at the relative sizes of different parts of the body, how they are all fractions of one another, for example: the head is generally an eighth of a typical human’s height, our eyes are halfway down our face…
So through a simple piece of art we’ve practised halves, quarters, eighths, measuring, multiplying and dividing, estimating, using a calculator, making grids, scaling up a drawing… part of a long-term project on horses (yuh, of course we are Pegasisters) encompassing all subjects from history to animal husbandry, geography to graphics, english to ethics and much more…
And tomorrow, it will look completely different all over again.
If you would like another more detailed perspective, here’s the blog of a friend of mine who home educates her two (autistic) children in a slightly less anarchic fashion: