Home education starts from birth – at least if that’s what you’ve planned from the beginning anyway! Nevertheless, this week still marked a special milestone. Emily’s first day… Of not going to school!
This week would have been Emily’s first week of school, she would have started reception. I know. We home educate so there’s no actual start date but I still wanted to take lots of photos and mark it as a big milestone because that’s what it is for us.
Some people may think it’s ridiculous to take lots of photos of another day of what is essentially her just doing what shes been doing since she was born – learning at home. But for us it was important to document, because these ‘first day of..’ photos symbolise something more than that.
When we look at these photos we have a memory of the day of course, the milestone, the ‘I can’t believe how fast you’re growing up!’ moment, but what we also have is images that makes us feel so grateful that we are able to home educate, images that say ‘You don’t have to wave goodbye for six hours a day, the fun still carries on!’
These images represent our freedom of choice, whether to home educate or otherwise and I am incredible grateful to live in a country that allows us those freedoms.
We have images of a little girl that is happy because she feels safe and because of this, she is open to learning and engages in the activities presented to her. For those of you that know Emily personally, you will know that she is extremely shy and she shuts down in very large groups. She refuses to engage. She is such a gentle and sensitive soul. My point is that these photos paint a bigger picture for us; they remind us of how we are doing the right thing and how we are on the right path, for us.
Whether you are home educated or you go to school, we hope you all had a fantastic week starting the new term! Good luck to all the new starters of 2017!
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