My weekly posts seem to be turning into fortnightly ones. We’re just too busy! We have had lots of exciting new developments with ‘pleasemissmummy’ becoming established as a business, which of course doesn’t effect our home learning , just keeps me up until late at night. Every night! Which has led to yet more reflections on this new way of life. The hardest thing about home educating is juggling all the roles. No longer is there a clear handover from my teacher role and my mummy role. When I was at work (when I got paid to be teaching!) the two roles were clearly defined. Now, the edges are somewhat blurred. I go from mummy to teacher, to meal supervisor, back to teacher / mummy, playtime supervisor, and of course the usual parenting roles of cook, cleaner, launderer, chauffer…
How do others do this? If you are a ‘Home Edder’ parent reading this I would love to hear from you. My advice to anyone considering HE as an option is to be very aware of time management, and build in time for yourself. I’m not sure that I do that enough but I will. Every week I say that I will – next week. Must not procrastinate. Must do better!
So what of our learning? We have concluded our China project with two main outcomes of a tourist leaflet and an informative project book that we can add to over time. These, of course, are in addition to the delicious food, poster and beautiful Chinese script he has practised. The links we have made have been pretty diverse and, as usual, directed by C as well as being topical. We have incorporated Fair Trade fortnight into our learning and from this looked at rice production. We’ve also spent some time learning about Buddhism and reflecting on how a Buddhist way of life can be incorporated into our lives. Trying out some meditation to see how this impacts on our general mood seems like a good idea!
Comic Relief, fully embraced as always, has given him a deeper insight into the lives of children in developing countries and the general importance of fair treatment. Family life and teaching roles were blurred again here; we always take part in Comic Relief activities but it was more fulfilling this year to take it a stage further, use some of the learning materials and relate it back to the Fair Trade ethos.
World Book Day didn’t pass us by just because we don’t go to school. We had a lovely time at one of the HE groups, going on a Gruffalo hunt run by the Kent Wildlife Trust. The children explored the creatures from the story, created descriptions, wrote a poem, investigated habitats and had lots of fun dressed as their favourite book characters.
Very excitingly, I think Little Legs is now officially on this journey with us. He is really keen to read and so we have introduced the second set of letters and spent some dedicated time exploring these with the magnetic board and using ‘sound buttons’ to segment and blend cvc words.
We are now looking forward to some solar system learning during the lead up to the partial eclipse this week. I’ll be sharing any links I find to useful activities and websites on my FB and twitter feeds so take a look if you too are interested in this area.