The start of our Home Educating adventure can be found here. Fast forward five years and we now live in a beautiful rural village in a smaller house with our substantially smaller mortgage. This frees me up to stay home with my four children and home educate.
There are many different ways to home educate from a completely child led, autonomous approach to ‘School at home’ with all the variations in between. We are pretty eclectic and just go with what works for us. I think we have experimented with most approaches and gradually settled into our own rhythm.
I am not sure there is a typical day but generally we will do some form of literacy and numeracy each day then other subjects are completed on two weekly cycles. This week we are doing our second week of Science in the form of chemistry as requested by Superhero. This has involved some solubility experiments so far. I also encourage them to keep an ongoing portfolio based around their favourite interests so Superhero’s for example is based on Minecraft and Football.
I find it useful to provide activities on trays for the children to return to and repeat as often as they like and I have discovered that my children will be drawn to activities that are presented in a visually appealing way. Simple really! I also rotate board games and change them every couple of weeks.
Next week – part three – the things we discovered and love about home educating!