One step forward

Buoyed up by the success of my own visualisation post I decided to get the children to do something similar for their own education. The holy grail of home ed is autonomous child led learning where the child provides the direction and motivation and all the parent has to do is facilitate.

This doesn’t describe home education in this house. Over the years we’ve gone from timetables, text books and lists to complete unschooling and all shades of chaos in between. Life works best with a modicum of structure which is currently mainly provided by the chore wall, which has been adapted and extended to cover educational basics.

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Big has taken to the idea of educational goal planning and after our sally into maths assessment tests the other day is now doing a regular helping of maths. Her goal is to get a C or above in maths gcse (or the relevant qualification in 3 years time) and then never do anything mathematical ever again. Which kind of sounds reasonable to me. We’re doing some stuff on paper, concepts via mathletics and lots of practise. 30 minutes a day with 1 to 1 support feels like it should be enough.

Small on the other hand doesn’t know what he wants to achieve. And he is very depressed over the loss of his dsi. I have told him that I take full responsibility for that and I will replace cialis it. Now all I have to do is work out how.

Like I say, it’s one step forwards…

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  1. “The holy grail of home ed is autonomous child led learning” – is it? It certainly works for some families, but I’d say the holy grail of home ed is to have children who are learning according to their ages, abilities and aptitudes. *That* certainly doesn’t go on in school!
    I don’t think it matters a jot whether there is a structure, a timetable, outside tutors, or next to nothing planned for education, so long as learning takes place. If a child has specific goals (like Big’s GCSE maths, for example) then it makes sense to work out a way to facilitate that, but if the child has no idea which way they want to go, asking them to map out how they’re going to get there won’t work, will it?
    I think my role as a home educating parent is to provide my kids with plenty of opportunities, so that they can discover what they enjoy, and/or what they are good at. I often push them in directions they don’t particularly like, either because I can see a talent they haven’t noticed yet, or because I can see a benefit which they can’t. (For example, all my children do some form of music theory, because when I learned clarinet as a teenager, I was good at playing but got held up big times in my gradings because I didn’t have a clue about theory, and you have to have grade 5 theory before you can do higher practical grades. I don’t want them to be in the same position as me, so I make sure their music theory knowledge is on a par with their practical music skills.)
    My biggest fear is that by choosing to home ed I will have closed a door for one of my children to access something they really wanted to do…

  2. I think it probably describes the Home Ed in most houses and the best approach there is to education – flexibility!
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