The next post is written by a home educated young person at Midnakit's Art Blog.
A blog hop of 100 ways of home ed can only ever be a tiny slice of a view into the world of home education. There are as many ways to home ed as there are families doing it. This is our way - currently 😀 (I'm killing two birds with one stone here, doing my blog hop post and my #100daysofhomeed roundup post too. Cheeky, I know 😆 )
I find it hard to label our style of home education. We're not unschoolers, although after a chat with a local unschooler, I realise I do share many of the same principles. We're not school-at-home, although we do sit down to do work at a table, have maps on the walls and have always used a maths curriculum. We're not following a classical education although we do study Latin. We're not Charlotte Mason, although I have used living books and short lessons; still use narration; love picture study; think that music is vital and believe strongly in children spending time outdoors. We're not Steiner, although I love toys made from natural materials and believe in educating the whole child, not just the mind. We're not Montessori, although I've had trays and boxes of ready-to-go activities for them to choose themselves and I bought mats so they could have clear don't-interfere-with-my-work spaces. We're not autonomous anymore, although they choose a lot their own subjects to study and topics to explore. I guess we are eclectic - a little bit from here, a little bit from there.
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So, what are we learning at the moment? I'm learning that I much preferred our lives before exams took over :/ We had so much more freedom to learn what we wanted and to follow the rabbit trails from our unit studies without feeling constricted by time or other pressures. Boykin is learning that he wants to spread his exams out over three years instead of two after observing his sister. The Girl is learning about time management and how to spread the workload rather than leaving things to the last minute.
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She's also studying IGCSE Geography at home, practising hard for Grade 6 music exams and preparing for her Grade 5 Music Theory exam. She's been offered conditional places at two colleges to study music :) If she doesn't meet the conditions, we have a fab Home Ed back-up plan that will still get her to university, if she decides to go there, or into work, if she doesn't.
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He's also asked to study science and is following a basic experiment course on Futurelearn as part of the wider study using the Galore Park Science Book 2. And he studies maths and is practising handwriting - no choice there.
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We have developed a routine over the years, which has served us well for a very long time. We start the day (after breakfast, of course) with maths. This is followed by a household task - all tasks are shared so we do it together. Then music practise comes next, followed by another household task. When they were younger, we would then work on our unit study - usually a literature based one, so this part of the morning would start with reading a book together accompanied by hot drinks and biscuits. This meant they were happy and enthusiastic to begin the activity - it could be more reading, some writing, discussion, a craft, some research, an experiment, some cooking, poetry, music, art, drama - even dancing. Then they would complete a lapbook piece and then it would be lunchtime, followed by free play time, or a walk, or a trip out, or a game, or a theme related film, or another read-aloud, or just doing jobs that keep a household running (me, usually). Evenings are often filled with groups and clubs - the ones that some people consider to be extra-curricular but, in our home at least, are definitely IN the curriculum ;)
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