Monthly Archives: October 2014

Half a term of home school

And so it’s the end of our first half term.  It’s been fun!  We’ve had our ups and downs of course; this week more ‘downs’ as he has been soooo tired (he is a self confessed bookworm, often found at 10pm with his lamp on, still reading), but overall we are both still sure that we have made the right decision and have thoroughly enjoyed our first half term of ‘Home School’.

When I started writing this blog it was with a view to sharing our more interesting days and weeks.  This week probably isn’t so interesting to read about and so will be brief…  We have spent a fair bit of time with friends, prepared for our half term adventures by researching places to visit (more on that when we get back!), and begun some research on Halloween.  The obligatory Halloween crafts have been made along with a spooky story which took about 5 hours in total for C to write.  Yes, 5 hours. Over two mornings.  And he wants to write it up into a book too.  I don’t think I can bear the pain!

This leads me to the pros and cons of Home Education, for me.  There are many, many positives. Continue reading Half a term of home school

History meets technology

Creating a timeline to develop a sense of the past
Creating a timeline to develop a sense of the past

Another busy fortnight in home school, and the uniform is slipping away.  No longer do I have to teach my son looking like a street urchin from Dickensian days!  Having said that, we started a new topic on The Great Fire of London and he did decide that this warranted a fire damaged outfit and so the shredded shirt made an appearance on Tuesday.  Tuesday is our home ed group day when we meet up with lots of other families and last week C went along armed with props and costumes to encourage his friends to take part in a photo shoot so that we could create a photo story of the Great Fire of Rochester. Continue reading History meets technology

The Plenary!

A planned group trip to Howletts zoo this week has been a perfect way to conclude our Explorers/Deadly 60 learning.  We were able to reinforce so much of the topic here and it has been so rewarding to hear C talking so knowledgeably about the animals we have been researching.   Wild animal ‘Top Trumps’ have been better than any homework could have been for enriching the learning after the trip as he is now retaining all kinds of facts.  But what better way to round off a Deadly 60 topic than to receive a letter from the man himself!  Well his manager anyway.  I’m not sure who was more excited when the post came!

his treasured post card
his treasured post card
personalised too!

Continue reading The Plenary!