What Curriculum?!

Who is going to determine what your child needs to learn?

For under 12s, talk hug read laugh dance listen run play bake games parks libraries socialise (haha) – just live and enjoy family life.

Join in with others – anyone can advertise on their local homeschool group to create a Park Day. Advertise a few days in advance – and if you’re the only ones there – you enjoy yourself anyway.

What do YOU (the adultparent) want your children to be like by the time they are 18 years old? 🙂 (They can’t not learn – provide a fun safe curious environment)

Trust your children.

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No timetable needed

Making an application for exemption from a registered school?clock swirl

No timetable is needed.
But you do need to indicate (acc to law, s.21) “as regularly and as well”.

We made a comment, in our exemption application, about regular meals around the dining table; more sit down, schooly stuff in the morning; and tend to do more creative or outside activities in afternoon – yet being flexible enough to respond to Grandma’s visit or other events or occasions that arose.

:: Keep vague, flexible, and yet include stuff that keeps MOE happy.

Homeschool Encouragement

As a species we are NOT created to function alone. We are made for community. We need each other to support, build up, correct, give hope.  And God IS with us.

Mothers, Home educators – I pray that each of you are released from the burden of thinking that you have to homeschool and train up your children alone. yay!
You are not alone.
“You don’t have cos you don’t ask”

Draw people in to your family life/school/work :
Pray in or seek for pretend-grandparents, if yours aren’t in town.
Pray in a ‘big sister’ for yourself, someone about 15 years older who is at a different stage in life to you.
Get your child/ren surrounded with aunties (real or adopted) and  other homeschooled families.

Organise low-key outings/events for the purpose of engaging, inspiring, and encouraging each other.

Blessings.

Getting Homeschool Organised

child rootsHow do I get organised with homeschooling?

My response:

:: What is your goal for each child by the time they are 16 or 18?

:: What skills, attitudes, character qualities would you like them to to have and to hold by that time?

:: Keep your eyes on this goal … and step-by-step see improvement through the weeks – in (for us) communication skills, public confidence, work ethic, kind and generous, etc … (according to priorities).

:: Someone else’s program for someone else’s child will probably create a rod for your back. I have read interesting programs and ideas >> pick the best bits out of them and see if they’re worth pursuing by you for your family.

:: One thing I enjoyed asking (taken from a website I now can’t find): Is Mum having fun yet? linked with:

Who’s the adult in charge? (if Dad is, then they work in with his rules which will be similar but different to Mum’s – then Mum can relax and deflect responsibility for a bit).

You’ll work it out 🙂

Mother Knows Best!

mother knows bestI’m chuckling here thinking again about last Thursday – another interesting day in our homeschooling life.

My 13 yo boy wakes up Thursday morning. This is the best day – sports action, then music (keyboard). Really good!

My 15 yo daughter is joking about ways to get out of going to Sports action (netball/ball skills), doesn’t want to go, would rather do anything else.

We’ve always made plans in one of three ways: 1. Mum+Dad make the decision (‘cos we’re the parents/adults and think, in the big scheme of things, this will be a good thing for you to do.
2. Let’s talk about the fors/againsts together, then M+D will ultimately make the decision, taking into account what you say.
3. Let’s talk about it, then you (children) make the decision, and M+D will work with you to help make it happen.

Sports was a #1 decision. You’re going, you’re going for at least two terms, you’re going to enjoy it, give it your best shot.

By the end of sports, 13 yo boy has badly bruised finger, realises he hasn’t brought his music, and is whimpering, declaring it’s a bad day, wanting to bail out on music (which he wasn’t allowed to).

15 yo girl enjoyed running around, seeing some different young people, and got complimented by the coach on her netball skills in the second game of netball she’s played. Let’s go to sports every day!

We’ll happily bundle into the van next Thursday, hopefully with the music bag, snacks and drinks …

Shows that sometimes we can listen too much to what our kids want and what they don’t.

Most times, Mother DOES know best!