Things have been quiet on here for a few months mainly due to the fact that GCSE season was upon us and The Boy was gearing up to sit Maths and English IGCSE. I won’t lie it was a little stressful – for me mainly.
Trying to Keep Lil’ Lady engaged and offer my support to The Boy was a challenge especially whilst Childminding. So balancing time didn’t leave me much to do anything else.
So now round one is over (and I’m still ecstatic at his results) the new term academic year has started and with it we’ve hit the ground running.
The Boy will be sitting 3 IGCSE’s this year. Biology in January, and Global Citizenship and Religious Studies in June. So my evening’s have been busy sourcing resources, putting into place some plans, as well as trying to ensure that he has other outlets and it is not just all work, work and erm, more work.
So we are resuming climbing and running for him, as he loves these two sports. He will also be dog his Bronze Arts Award and hopefully progress to silver and gold. The local art gallery are offering subsidised session for Home Educators so we are taking advantage of those.
Lil’ Lady will continue Climbing, swimming and has also taken up running.
She is still doing Maths and English daily. I’ve also signed her up to Explore Learning which is a tuition service which she attends for 2 hours per week. You’ve probably seen them in supermarkets, as I’ve walked past these places for years and never batted an eye. However we attended a free workshop at the library during the summer and I like the fact that it is a different way for her to learn, breaks up the week, and also she gains different input. She really loves it.
Her regular delivery of The Week Junior was a worth while investment. It brings up so many learning opportunities and we use it now as a gentle start to the day, reading in the morning over breakfast, which gets in some literacy and current world affairs.
We are still incorporating other subjects as organically as possible so she can make connections.. I tried teaching in themes but I find it only encourages learning to become disjointed. So we are doing it our way – short, sharp burst of learning that combine multiple subject areas – mixed with play. Play is still an important feature, I often find she makes so many connections when we are at the park or she is just engaging herself. It gives her time to think and digest what she has done previously, and it often leads to more sparks of interest as she comments and ask’s questions, which I take note of so I can find resources for the following week.
I am going to try to do a weekly digest post on here, it’s mainly for me so I can look back but for those who do read my blog you may find some idea’s or see another way of Home Educating, especially as there is no right way to do it. Each Home Educating journey is as individual as each family and each child.