Do you Have a Toddler? Are You Planning To...,........

(16 Posts)
pooter Sun 10-Aug-08 23:05:25

Home Educate?? shock
If you are, you are not alone! Me, Snippety and Mung are all going to do it, and want to set up a very informal group of Mums with toddlers to meet up once a fortnight ish. The aim is to get to know each other, let the children forge some friendships with people they can see during school time (when that finally arrives) and to be able to talk and get enthusiastic with people who wont tell us that we are 'ruining our children's lives' or say 'but what about socialisation' angry.

Anyway - who's in?? Who's out?

rrrayray Mon 11-Aug-08 11:49:18

i love the idea.... LONG way off for me ( i'm 16 w pregnant with first) but i Obviously know nothing about it, as i wasnt even sure it was legal in the UK. Somehow i'd got it into my head it was a US idea only!

Do you have any guidence to the circumulum you should be teaching them? how does it work?

Sorry rather interested but know very little!

Mung Mon 11-Aug-08 15:56:18

rrrayray...check out the HE section on MN and have a look at Education Otherwise website.

pooter Mon 11-Aug-08 17:19:18

Dont worry rrayray - DS is only 16mo and im ridiculously excited with it already!!

Totally legal - you just need to be able to show you are providing an appropriate education for your children " at school or otherwise" (hence the name of the group Education Otherwise).

There are as many ways to HE as there are families who do it (apparently - im sounding like i know what im talking about - i dont, but have read a lot!) Personally im going to try the unstructured 'follow the child's interests' method, what do they call it....cant remember, but basically, no lesson plans, no formal teaching, just have your children with you and talk to them and see where they want to go with it. Other people do more of a 'school at home' method, and most do something inbetween.

Come to our first meeting!!! (we have not arranged anything yet, im just trawling around looking for potentially interested mums). Ive loads of books you could borrow.

Snippety Mon 11-Aug-08 21:15:42

Hi all,

Just to say I'm really excited about this too and think a group would be an excellent idea; support for us and some home schooled friends for our children. I've already spoken to a couple of people who're doing this with older kids. Perhaps we could get someone to come and do a Q&A for the group about it so we avoid obvious pitfalls? Also it would help to be able to share skills, knowledge and resources smile

Mung Fri 15-Aug-08 14:42:40

HE meet up in Chelmsford next Thursday afternoon...anyone coming along?

pooter Tue 19-Aug-08 11:40:09

Why is everything thursday afternoon??? Its the day i see my NCT friends, and ivenot been able to see them for a couple of weeks so dont want to miss it this week. pooey. i will get off my backside and organise a toddler meet up!

Mung Tue 19-Aug-08 13:50:46

I'm not going along now anyway, so maybe next month. There is a Tiptree meet up once a month too...may brave that one!

pooter Tue 26-Aug-08 13:52:15

Who's up for the first meeting of he'ers and potential he'ers??

My house
Monday 1st september

my email is archipooter at googlemail dotcom for my address.

hope to see you all there smile

Mung Tue 26-Aug-08 17:33:29

Count me in...will email. May have 2 very grumpy DCs though...they normally sleep around then.

pooter Tue 26-Aug-08 20:14:49

mung - do you want to make it morning, or later? no one else has replied yet - how about 10am or 3pm??

Mung Tue 26-Aug-08 20:42:46

Morning is much better for me, they sleep until 4ish normally!

Snippety Tue 26-Aug-08 22:31:58

Count me in Pooter !

I know where you live !! Let me know if you want me to bring anything or help with tidying or whatever and we'll come a bit earlier. 9-12 is usually ok for us as is 2-5. smile

pooter Tue 26-Aug-08 22:58:37

okey dokey - time has changed to 10pm - 12ish
hope thats ok!

See you then, i will try to bake jentlys biccies again, seeing as i have almost managed to crack it using the new recipe!!smile

Mung Wed 27-Aug-08 08:53:25

Thanks for making the change Pooter. I will look forward to doing the taste test (haven't started the detox yet, so I can eat as much as I like!)

Mung Fri 29-Aug-08 20:02:43

I've emailed you for your address.

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