Word of the Week – Home Ed.

This weeks word(s) of the week are

Home Education

The Little Man left school shortly before the end of the half term and  has been home ever since. We have put in some applications for a couple of local schools but there are no places right now.

We have been working hard to keep up with what he may be doing if he was at school, thankfully, when it’s one on one learning you don’t need to have to work for so many hours as you would in a normal classroom. Star’s home tutor told me that nine hours a week was enough, so that’s our aim at the moment. Of course, we do go over as I like to turn other things into learning, there is so much to learn on a trip out to the park, the shops, or library. Also, we learn while cooking lunch together.

Each day we start with a simple exercise just to get him in the mood for learning. This may be a word search or a puzzle page. I printed off some great Football related code breaking sheets that the Little Man enjoyed doing and got him started with some maths.

Then we go on to a subject study, either Maths, English or Science. He likes Maths and Science best, it’s hard to get him to do any  English as he doesn’t like writing. I think I’ll let him write some work up on the laptop just to get him interested. He can always practice writing later. He loves reading though and I’ve picked a longer book to read together, Kid Normal by Radio One DJs Chris Smith and Greg James. It’s really funny and a bit challenging for the Little Man which is just what we need.

I also bought an electronics kit and he’s had loads of fun learning about and making circuits. We made an alarm for when the door opens and a sensor to tell us when the bath was full and it was time to turn off the taps. I think I learnt quite a bit too.

Finally, we had some craft sessions with a My Gecko Box which I bought him all about Rainforests. We used this as a project and as well as making a rainforest in a cardboard box, we also found out lots of information on the Internet about rainforests. Again, I think I learnt quite a bit too!

Here is the result;

The box that everything came in was used as the Rainforest base and he stuck on some green crepe paper and blue cellophane. The he cut out some green leaves and stuck them on. Finally, I help him tie two pieces of string to divide the sections. We labelled them (on the side) Forest floor, understory, canopy and Emergent.

The Little Man learnt about which creatures lived in which sections and had to choose where to put the creature that he made. In the box there were little bags containing everything he needed to make a Caiman lizard, A butterfly, a colourful bird, two snakes, two tree frogs and a spider. He had lots of fun making the creatures and the Rainforest.

(I bought the box for £19.99 and it contained every needed apart from scissors. It took the Little Man 3 days to make it all, so it was worth the money. I am now considering getting him a monthly subscription.)

We’ve had a really great week and I’m really enjoying teaching him. He seems a lot happier too. We are hoping to meet up with other home educating parents and their children for some social activities in our area.

Have you ever home educated a child, or considered doing so?


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  1. June 22, 2018 / 1:54 pm

    Well done Anne I have been juggling it with blog work and its been a real challenge but I have enjoyed it and was lucky to have some theatre reviews booked in which were great for covering English, have you filled out appeals for each School? I honestly believe I did the right things and took him out of that toxic environment and I am sure you do too x

  2. June 22, 2018 / 2:14 pm

    Sounds like a fun and educational week, glad that Little Man’s happier in himself. I’m happy with the school that my kids are at so see no home schooling plans on our horizon, but I’d never rule it out as things can change and the priority is for them to feel safe and happy so that they can learn. Glad it’s working for you and fingers crossed on the school places x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  3. June 22, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    As I have been doing the alphabet challenge created by another blogger I have fallen into thinking about home education. I feel the most important things are for your family to be happy, listening to one another and having fun. Good luck. #MMBC

  4. June 22, 2018 / 9:27 pm

    Well done you! It sounds like you have had great fun with your boy and lots of learning has been done…I’m glad your boy is feeling happier.
    The more I read about home educating the more I want to do it with my youngest but I know deep down that she is better in school. x

  5. June 24, 2018 / 4:28 pm

    Lovely to hear that your little man is happier and more settled. I love homeschooling our boys. My eldest has become such a confident little man since we pulled him from the hell hole that he was attending. Best decision we ever made. x

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC.

  6. June 25, 2018 / 4:07 pm

    I home educate after taking my daughter out when she was bullied by peers and her Head too! So her mental wellbeing had to be put first. She is super happy now and pursuing her passions around art and writing. Her brother is home-educated too and he likes to learn alongside me. As you say, it is amazing how we start learning too when we home educate and realise what was perhaps missed out of our own education. I also have a 17 year old who stayed in school but came out with results that really don’t reflect who he is at all so I question a lot about education both at school and at home. What I do know is on the good days home education is magical #MMBC

  7. Rebecca Beesley
    June 25, 2018 / 10:19 pm

    I am a massive fan of home-ed and think that everyone should try it at least once as it is an amazing experience for both kids and parents. In one way it is always a shame in those cases where we’re left with no choice but to home educate but in another way it is such a blessing for the kids to experience a different reality which is wonderful in so many ways! I hope each moment you spend together during this time will be enjoyed fully and preciously valued and create so many happy memories. I always tell people that our home-ed years were the happiest of our lives! Enjoy the rest of the week and I’ll be watching this space to see how things evolve for you both. xxx

  8. June 28, 2018 / 9:10 am

    The rainforest in a box craft looks brilliant – what a fun way to learn more about the rainforest and the creatures that live there. Sounds like home ed is going well for you so far. I loved my half-term of home-schooling Jessica and it is amazing how much you can cover in such a short amount of time x #WotW

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