Her first cookery lesson

So cooking is definitely a very important subject to learn. Most people can’t get through life without it. So, as well as getting Ava (and eventually Emily) involved with my cooking every evening, I am dedicating a lesson per week for her to do all by herself.

Here is our first lesson on cooking, it went pretty well considering she is only 3. The only thing I needed to do was measure everything out beforehand. Because it went so well I think we will try and make pizza next week.

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We got this idea from Here we are together’s blog,  you can find the recipe in their free cooking curriculum. I will also post our recipe on our cooking page. Give them a try! They taste so yummy and they are lots if fun for the kids to make!

Our cozy corner

I just wanted to quickly share our cozy reading corner. This is where we have time in to just relax, snuggle and get into a good book.

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We live in a very small flat, it’s not much but we make the most of what we have. We have each other and that’s what really matters.

This is my favourite place in our home!

If you go into the woods today…

We have been having such a wonderful time in these last few days. Having Ava all to myself, watching her learn and play has been just perfect!

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Today we went to Epping Forest, it was our first time going – it was beautiful! I just love British scenery and wildlife.

We met up with some other HE families.
(I cannot stress enough the importance of social networking sites to make these outings possible.)
It was so nice to watch the children explore the great outdoors together. They loved climbing the old fallen trees and didn’t seem to get bored of throwing pebbles into the ponds. Ava loved trying to chase the dragon flies too. It was a great outing and it was really nice to meet the other families.

Now we’re home, snuggled up with a chocolate milkshake watching a bit of tv before I get on with the housework. Snuggling up to my girls is just pure bliss. I never want these wonderful days and adventures to end.

My top 10 reasons for homeschooling

1. Consistency: by having one teacher, they will have consistent values and discipline being modeled. They won’t have numerous teachers confusing them by handling good and bad behaviour in different ways.

2. They can be themselves: if they want to listen to Elton John or Mozart, they can do so. They wont need to follow the latest trends just to fit in, to protect themselves from bullies etc. They can be true themselves, take pleasure in geniune interests and feel comfortable and confident about who they really are.

3. Child takes the lead: we work at their own pace. If they have mastered something, then we can move on. If they are struggling, we can slow down and perfect a subject. So no being forced to move on or hold back because of the national curriculum.

4. More relaxed, less stress: no being compared to peers. No being made to feel bad if they are stuck or get things wrong from time to time. This will lead to more confidence in my opinion, resulting in being more open to learning.

5. A loving education: teachers dont tend to comfort, cuddle their pupils etc. If mummy was the teacher however,  this could be a real confidence booster.

6. Reducing bad influences: in state schools (more so at secondary level) there are many students who take part in drugs, underage sex, alcohol, smoking etc. (Probably to fit in) this is less likely to happen with a HE child as they don’t attend a school with a hierarchy system among pupils. They tend to mix with other HE students and children from extra curricular activities.

7. Chosen subjects: the child can pick their subjects. Obviously English and maths are essential but they can add as many subjects onto that foundation. For instance, most state schools don’t teach Mandarin (the most spoken language in the world) yet a homeschooled child could learn this if they wanted to.

8. One-to-one learning: the child will have one teacher,  a teacher who whole heartedly cares about their education, happiness and success. As their teacher and their mother I would be 100% aware of what they were learning and how well they were progressing.

9. Reduced bullying: it is extremely unlikely they will experience being bullied by other pupils… or teaching staff (yes it does happen!)

10. Fun times: because they aren’t sharing their learning time with 29 other children they don’t need to study for 5/6 hours a day, which means more time to have fun and have quality family time! More time to enjoy the great outdoors,  read books, visit museums,  cook and so on.. and guess what? They still learn by having fun! By having fun with their loved ones, it will cement family bonds for the present and future.

So they were my top 10 reasons why I want to homeschool. There are probably different reasons for different families. However, these were particularly important to me. I hope this has helped people understand more about some of the reasons people might choose to homeschool.

My first ever blog entry

So this is my first entry of my journey…

Homeschooling has been something that has interested me for a while now but I only seriously considered it in the last few weeks – and so I began my quest in researching if it was possible!

I have read lots online and I have even joined many UK homeschooling groups on social networking sites, which I have found to be extremely helpful. The people I have come across have been so well mannered and non judgmental, I get a real sense of community from them. I have learned that with great commitment, passion and dedication that homeschooling can provide a much better and happier education than state schooling.

Don’t get me wrong, I had a lot of preconceptions about homeschooling. The social issue was one of them, but after joining many groups and doing my homework, I soon realised that home schooled children appear to have the same (if not, a better) quality social life to that of a state schooled child. However, nothing will give me a true understanding of the HE life like actually living it!

My daughter and I are currently giving it a trial run, so to speak. She is still only 3 years old so nothing is set in stone but I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to see how we both get on with it as she isn’t legally obliged to be educated until next September. I think even if I do decide to teach her from home, I will re-evaluate each year to see if HE is still the best form of education for her. As any mother, I just want the best for my children.

My heart really wants our journey to be possible and where there’s a will, there’s a way. I want my children to have a childhood enriched with consistent love, education, discipline and values. I also feel homeschooling would work harmoniously with the methods of attached parenting.

Well, I shall keep this blog updated regularly but for now I’m going to end this entry by thanking all the lovely ladies and gentlemen who have given me so much advice and have made me believe this journey is possible.