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maisiechain Thu 10-Jul-14 17:12:38

My children are both home ed & always have been. They are happily home ed, but both are curious about what school would be like, especially as they often hear about it from their cousins (who would like to be home educated!!grass is always greener!).
Is it possible for them to try school for a day or a week?

maisiechain Thu 10-Jul-14 17:23:04

Just to clarify, neither are really wanting to actually go to school long term. I have told them that I cannot set up just a day or a week to 'see how it feels'. Perhaps this may be possible in a local school with spaces? I don't know. The ones with spaces that I know of, are not schools I would be keen on them going to (if they happened to enjoy the trial & actually want to attend properly). Also I am 'off radar' atm, but a school trial would put me on the radar. This is ok, but obviously not ideal.

ommmward Thu 10-Jul-14 18:45:33

Might a private school do a trial day? They might want to see the colour of your money though...

HavantGuard Thu 10-Jul-14 18:47:33

'Off radar' hmm

maisiechain Thu 10-Jul-14 19:16:13

yes maybe a private school would but this won't give a realistic view of school, if they ever did go, it wouldn't be to a private school. Still, that's an idea, thanks.

maisiechain Thu 10-Jul-14 19:17:20

HavantGuard, why worried about the 'off radar' bit?smile

maisiechain Thu 10-Jul-14 19:24:50

I have posted this on Primary Talk too, wasn't sure where best to put it, so sorry if you see it twicesmile

wannabestressfree Thu 10-Jul-14 19:26:07

Because it all sounds a bit 'cloak and dagger'. Perhaps you could explain what ' off radar' means....

maisiechain Thu 10-Jul-14 19:29:28

ohsmile well I just mean that I am not known to the LA in terms of home educating. Not that I need to be known from the point of view of the law. So dealing with the LA or a school & my kids trialling it would mean I am then 'known' & therefore available for hassle!!

maisiechain Thu 10-Jul-14 19:30:50

just read my first post back & realise it sounds odd and a bit weird, sorry about that!

Lilaclily Thu 10-Jul-14 19:49:07

I think most teachers would want a home Ed child to come in & describe their day & compare it to a school day
A learning opportunity
My kids go to a school in London for a day & those kids come to them
Don't see how this would be any different ?

maisiechain Thu 10-Jul-14 20:31:23

So they are home ed all week except one day flexi schooling then?

Anyway guess I can only approach a school and ask. Apparently insurance might be an issue.

lapumpkin Thu 10-Jul-14 22:56:34

Lilaclily Your kids go to school one day but are HE the rest of the week? That sounds amazing! Do you mind me asking which school?

Thinking2014 Fri 11-Jul-14 11:07:25

maisiechain I understood what you meant by "off radar" ;)

How old are your kids?

MrsWinnibago Fri 11-Jul-14 11:12:47

I think Lilaclily means that her kids go to school full time and then swap classrooms with another school for the experience for a day.
OP I think this would be arrange able but not while you're off radar.

Nigglenaggle Fri 11-Jul-14 19:36:31

Maybe try the school where their cousins go? When I was little my cousin and me did a 'school swap' she came to school with me for a week and vice versa. Just for fun smile Maybe your DC could do the same with their cousins?

maisiechain Sun 13-Jul-14 19:34:58

Hi, sorry I've been offline so have just come back to see my threadsmile

Thinking2014 my kids are 8 and 7.

Nigglenaggle, that's a good idea, prob makes more sense to do that esp as I sometimes collect their cousin from school.

Thinking2014 Mon 14-Jul-14 10:35:58

maisiechain my daughter is 8, and whilst she loves reading I actually recently discovered she's not as good as I thought at reading. She read to me out loud and I noticed she skips words and has difficulty with some big all this time I thought the school were helping her with reading, they weren't, and all this time I thought by giving her a book to read was enough, it isn't. She needs to read to me.

So with books she's chosen I read her a page before bed and she asks to read some to me. So each week I increase the amount she reads by a few lines...I just say "OK read to the end of this page/read this paragraph" etc

Once she finishes school we'll have more time to allow free reading but it doesn't have to just come from a book, pointing out instructions or something written outside and casually ask "what does that say?" May help encourage them to read too.

Maybe a treasure hunt with some written clues/instructions to get to the treasure would be a good way to encourage reading?

Good luck, hope this helps smile

Thinking2014 Mon 14-Jul-14 10:36:55

Oopsy realised I've posted in the wrong thread! blush

Lilaclily Mon 14-Jul-14 10:39:20

Yes exactly mrswinnibago grin

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