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hannahturner59 Fri 23-Oct-15 10:56:46

hi I am looking into HE for my 8 year old , what are peoples experiences and how many hours a week does he need to do , i wouldn't be doing it myself i would be getting a tutor in

cdwales Fri 23-Oct-15 15:56:58

Yes we did this with our two for four years after our DS after a brilliant day nursery experience was less than impressed with primary school... he could compare it and see the shortcomings!
He went back to HS at 15 to do GCSEs and DD started HS in Yr 7 with everyone else (though in hindsight years 8 and 9 at school were a waste for her). So it need not be a 'permanent' thing. Not being mass education it is not about hours so is not directly comparable but parents work it out with their children. Now that so much is available on line it is far easier but I would strongly recommend joining your local group of the home educators' self-help charity Education Otherwise
They will know how your LEA tends to deal with it - though you will hear the horror stories! We never heard a peep out of ours.
Oh and do read this book in early course: Teach Your Own by John Holt

Children who have been to nursery or at least the infant years in school are actually highly socialised - by contrast those who have never been in such a group dynamic can come over as rather odd! My two were involved in clubs and activities - ballet, fencing, painting and pony club that they had no time for once they were in school.

Everyone is unique and works it out for themselves - 8 is certainly old enough to be involved in all the decision making. In fact I would advise a formal agreement which you have in case you need it on a difficult day.
HE enables learning to be linked to life rather than done arbitrarily and this makes it far more effective. You can try something and if the time is not right leave it and do something else - and say a TV programme stimulates interest in a particular area and that can become a focus for drawing in related topics that might in school come under history, geography, physics, poetry or whatever! Conversation is THE medium for education in Home Ed. Oh and a natural reader will get through a phenomenal number of books of course.
When they go back to school one hears all the details of their day which is fascinating. It is a good job the teachers did not realise this happened as most children when cast into mass education soon stop telling their parents what happened as their Ps are not interested and will not act on anything.

All the best!

Saracen Fri 23-Oct-15 23:28:38

Hi Hannah!

There is a Home Ed board here on Mumsnet which you might like to post on.

As cdwales says, conversation is one of the main ways that home educated kids learn. Because they are getting so much individual adult attention throughout the day, there is plenty of opportunity for that.

For this reason, HE parents don't tend to think of their children as being educated for a specific number of hours a day. Yes, you can get tutors in, but the kids' education doesn't end when the tutor leaves. You'll still find them engrossed in books about penguins, or experimenting with the trajectory of a bouncy ball, or getting into long discussions about how the bus company decides where the bus routes should go and how much to charge.

All that can be true of kids who go to school, of course. But they are more likely to be tired after a day at school, and sometimes tired of spending a large number of hours in directed educational activity. Often they need some down time doing something quite unrelated. For this reason, their parents are more likely to see a gulf between what are perceived to be "educational" activities, which usually happen during the hours assigned to school and homework, and "recreational" activities at other times.

In recognition of the fact that home education tends to create a different educational environment from school, government guidelines say that there are no fixed hours required. In fact, it isn't essential to do any formal academic "work" at all. In my family, we use an informal approach and I'd be very hard-pressed to say how many hours a day my children spend learning, just as I would be hard-pressed to tell you how many hours a day I spend parenting them. It isn't a discrete activity. It runs through everything. Does that make sense?

drummersmum Wed 28-Oct-15 14:56:55

* most children when cast into mass education soon stop telling their parents what happened as their Ps are not interested and will not act on anything*

cdwales, I am aware you wrote this with the intention of shining positive light on HE, but I don't like it and moreover it's not true. DS, who has never been HE, has been telling me all about his school day since he was 3. He is now 14 and has not yet stopped. I get the contents of his lessons, the anecdotes, the gossip, the anxieties. I am interested and I act on anything that requires action. So does his dad.

cdwales Wed 28-Oct-15 15:19:37

Er I am sure he does - I said 'most' not all!

drummersmum Wed 28-Oct-15 15:26:38

Well ok maybe "most" children do not come home in a mood to share, but to say that their parents are not interested... I don't know, I have parents coming to me to ask me what the boys are doing because they want to know!

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