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Home Education - How?

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housemad Sat 29-Mar-14 11:16:12

As due to dc's listening issue the worst thing that may be dc has problem in conforming to a formal school environment so just wonder if home education is an option for dc. Just want to ask those who home educate your own dcs how do you do it? Why did you start? How and where to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence especially for the subjects that you are equipped for?

TeenAndTween Sat 29-Mar-14 12:52:02

There is a home education board, you may get more response there!

housemad Sat 29-Mar-14 13:13:12

Thanks

saltlakecity Sat 29-Mar-14 18:01:24

How old is the child? Is there a particular identified listening issue e.g. hearing loss? If secondary age you might need to think about whether the child would need to learn to conform before job hunting at the end of school.

housemad Sat 29-Mar-14 20:24:26

hi salt,dc s only still 7 re my post in the primary education board: y3 dc attention span issue.

bobot Sun 30-Mar-14 16:44:15

I have Home Educated my two oldest until now - for many reasons it seems it's right for them to go back into school now, but Home Ed will always be an option if they want it.

My eldest went to Reception and had difficulty - not academically but despite being one of the oldest in his year he struggled with the social side of school. He was also completely exhausted. He was also not really mature enough to manage things like lunchtime independently - getting his lunch bag, going to the hall, queuing up, putting his bag back before going outside etc. Despite our best efforts he just couldn't do it. He was also quite overwhelmed at playtimes and lunchtimes - couldn't cope with rough and tumble play - would try to join in, then ended up either crying or lashing out.

I sent him part time for the first term - then he reached compulsory school age and I requested flexischooling - head was initially happy but then put off by the LA and Governors, so changed his mind. We had been attending a Home Ed group and finidng out more about it. And we decided gto withdraw him from school rather than send him full time.

I have loved Home Educating. People's approaches are very different, as you'll see if you visit the Home Education board. Some people follow the National Curriculum and so a lot of structured work at home, others are completely child-led, follow the child's interests and aim to facilitate their learning, completely at their pace. We're somewhere in the middle, a bit of structured work - but mainly following their lead. Interestingly, we haven't followed the curriculum but they are not behind at all and ahead in some areas.

We were lucky in finding a strong Home Ed community - my children have attended music, science club, sports, art group, swimming lessons - all within the Home Ed community (and therefore cheap or free). Beavers and Rainbows have also been a great thing, as has Forest School and Sunday School. They have certainly not missed out on socialising with their peers - we could have been out with friends every day if we wanted to, and often were in the Summer - out at the park having picnics and nature walks.

I've loved the freedom of it, and the more we got into it the more I came to disagree with cvertain aspects of the Education system - I don't like my children being assessed and teaching to tests getting in the way of real learning.

You will find that you develop confidence by talking to other Home Educators and seeing how they do things, and how their DC's are thriving. I found I developed the confidence to be less structured and less focused on what they "should" be doing at a cretain stage. I think the important thing is that as a Home Educator you're facilitating their learning rather than teaching them, and it happens naturally. Read about unschooling - John Holt is a good place to start. I have a great book called Free Range Education which gives the stories of several home educating families.

In terms of preparing them for the workplace, I think that in some ways Home Ed has advantages because they become self-directed learners and motivate themselves. If you're on facebook there are many Home Ed groups, and the HE board here too.

housemad Thu 03-Apr-14 11:40:20

Thanks everyone,
May come back to the discussion again.

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