Home education or domestic servitude?

One of the reasons given by the labour government for their investigations into home education and proposed legislation about it was to protect children from domestic servitude. I wonder what they’d have thought about the two hour home economics lesson that took place over yesterday and today, and resulted in Big providing tea for the […]

Montessori moment.

This is how I got 10 minutes to sweep the kitchen floor. I sat her in her chair with two small bowls, some sugar puffs and a spoon, and showed her transferring between bowls. She was engrossed. Sure, some of them went in her mouth, and some of them went on the floor, but that […]

School, huh, yeah, what is it good for?

Despite appearances to the contrary, given that we home educate, I’m not actually anti school per se. I’m just not sure I can see the point of it. And I think that there are an awful lot of ppl with similar sneaky suspicions out there, who are using school and just wondering if… So let’s […]

Once around the sun

another year is done. Another year is over and now you are one. I can’t believe it’s been a year. This was the first day. (It’s possible I was a little tired.) Couple of weeks on. First Christmas.

Not everything has a why…

declared Small this evening. He’d been asking for Brown Beaver’s phone number, and I wanted to know why he wanted it. He said that not everything had a why, and I said I thought it did. His response was that there was no why that the earth started, and I have to admit, I had […]

cause and effect or bribery and punishment?

First day of the new system, it appears that the children had a rather different idea to how it was going to work than I did. Our system doesn’t involve boxes per child prestacked with work – I’m nowhere near that organised, and I doubt I ever will be. Instead their boxes have pictures that […]

Mathematical traumas

over the weekend I printed out placement tests from Maths no problem for both offspring. Small is acquiring maths concepts in the same way he acquires all knowledge (ie I have no idea, just suddenly he knows something) but Big has had her mathematical confidence dented over the last couple of years by osmosis, and […]

Broad and balanced v intrinsic motivation.

This review does not argue against the rights of parents as set out in Section 7 of the Education Act 1996 outlined above, nor their deeply held convictions about education. I believe it would be wrong to seek to legislate in pursuit of an all embracing definition of “suitable”. However, such is the demand and […]

Trying to be more available

so obviously the kids were completely self entertaining yesterday. Sigh. Well, I was mainly more available, apart from the hour or so I spent shopping for clothes that would go over the bump without sweltering me – got a great denim dress for £5 in one charity shop and a lovely bright ethnicy one from […]

The personal stuff

Went to doctor’s about Small this morning, referral to community paediatrician set in motion. Not sure what they do, but there you go. That was after I’d slept in, I’m not sleeping well during the night, so given that I’d arranged for Tim to get up with the children, when he did, I turned over. […]

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