Sunday, 7 September 2014

Home ed week 1 overview

This week was such a contrast to the week before. We were a lot busier seeing friends than the week before but if I'm honest it was too much. We met friends in the park Monday, went to the library on Tuesday, met up for a not back to school picnic on Wednesday followed by going back to a friends house for more playing and the Thursday night we drove to Birmingham in the evening to stay with friends for a couple of days. I thought the kids would sleep well in the car. How wrong was I? Amelia-Lilly slept soundly but the boys maybe got half an hour and then had a second wind when we got there.

It was a busy couple of days that became quite stressful in the end. The friends we stayed with have a beautiful child free house and although we were very welcome there we were conscious of our whirlwind boys going through the house like Tazmanian devils! We did go to a farm on the Friday that was fantastic and we had a great time. It was good to be home though Saturday early evening and things have returned to normal somewhat.

I definitely noticed a difference with the boys behaviour by having so much on though and this week it will taper back to just having a couple of activities in the diary.

This week I'm hoping to get some activities lined up for Ethan and to start to work out our unit studies for the next couple of months. I'd really like to get ahead with my organising and then we can go with whatever else takes our fancy!

Here are a few snippets from our week.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

We officially home ed!

So it's official, we now home educate Nathan having made the decision three years ago to do so. It seems crazy that we're really doing it now though!

Yesterday we met home ed friends at the park and it was fabulous. Not another soul in there which meant the scooters could be abandoned for a good run around and we didn't need to worry about them. Our friends then came back to our house and played for a while before heading home.

I woke this morning to be told that Kenny and Nathan had been researching African tribes on the iPad already and Nathan wants to learn more. As luck would have it we're heading to the library this morning anyway so can hopefully pick up a few books relating to it. I also have clay so am thinking we could make mud huts too.

I'm very excited and also apprehensive. Our children's education is extremely important to us and there's always the concern of messing it up. Having read the recent changes to the National Curriculum and shortages in schools I can put my hand on my heart and say this is the best course for us.

I'm excited that Nathan has already found a topi she wants to explore too.

Here's to a great day