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JustineBMumsnet · 25/03/2021 09:26

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sunshinesky · 14/04/2021 19:20

Schoolwork seems so much more interesting than when I was in school (apart from maths!) I still prefer paper based learning and write everything down before typing it up to submit online.
It would have been impossible to teach little ones and do my work, as ds is in secondary school he only needed help occasionally. I guess people who have must have very understanding bosses!

welshmardymum · 14/04/2021 19:40

When i wasn't working i surprised myself by enjoying it - i put a bit of time in and we picked things to do together that fired somethin in us - learning about Italy and taking live web cams tours - i did yearn for a ready supply of printer ink as its so much nicer to do thinks on a work sheet rather than everyone on a device. Trying to do it while working was unbelievably hard for everyone concerned!!

sarat1 · 14/04/2021 20:26

As I was shielding for a lot of the last year, my toddler spent a lot of the time at home with me while I tried to balance work and supporting his development. I learned a LOT about the Early Years framework and used it to help provide a wide range of experiences for him to give some sort of structure to the day between free play. I did also learn about what apps are suitable for his age and although I limited app time to 10 minutes, I think he really benefited.

quizqueen · 14/04/2021 20:52

Not my own children but I helped to home school my year 5 granddaughter. I've brushed up on algebra and equivalent fractions, decimals and fractions and reminded myself what an adverbial frontal clause is. I've learnt lots of facts about the Battle of Hastings and reread 3 Shakespeare plays. I've also helped to research the origins of Hinduism and learnt more about WW2 as well as spending quality time with my granddaughter cooking, gardening and doing art and craft activities. I've loved it. Now I'm back living and entertaining just myself so I'm a bit bored!

sjonlegs · 14/04/2021 21:41

I discovered in most subjects my 3 children are way more intelligent or at least more 21st Century knowledgeable than me! (Old school techniques just don't cut it!)!
I have more respect for teachers - especially the good ones(, that put the work in, communicated well, did live lessons and put in so much time and care than was expected and were totally invested).
I am not and could never be a teacher
I'm so glad that my brief interest in teaching was indeed fleeting!
I learned that my wits end is easily reached.

However, I totally loved the bonding opportunities, the time I had with my children and how we learned and grew together as a family.

Hollieh89 · 15/04/2021 00:33

Homeschooling has always been an open idea so seeing that we could do it and how much happier the girls were we decided to make it permanent.
It showed us how much we rely on our printer ha infact we have 2 for quickness. We saw how working on paper or hands on is so much better than screen work.
Weve seen how happy the girls are to work at their own personal level

Sid98 · 15/04/2021 01:05

It was tough

jameela1 · 15/04/2021 10:49

As a homeschooler by choice for my 2 out of 3 children I feel like something needs to be clarified: "isolation/quarantine schooling" has very little to do with actual homeschooling. Actual homeschooling involves trips to museums, national parks, sightseeing, exploring, attending clubs and groups, meeting other homeschoolers, and many other activities, and not so much just being stuck at home in front of a screen or piles of paper work sheets for months. When it comes to learning via printed or on screen activities I prefer printed, high quality engaging work books, as well as reading books not of the screen or app. We do,however, use a few paid maths websites and apps that are amazing and inspiring.

Amaksy · 17/04/2021 23:22

I was glad to have subscribed to HP printing subscription service but I learnt to be patient and to really take each day as it comes. It always gets easier with time and it’s ok to take off my teacher hat, be a mum and give that hug.

IWasThere4Aug12 · 19/04/2021 11:23

I learnt that when needed (DH and I both essential workers) DCs can be self motivated and work independently. They may not have covered as much material as some but hopefully they’ve learned some life skills

mandes1 · 19/04/2021 12:25

I learned that I am not as patient as I thought I would be! Seriously though, like other parents, I discovered that teaching full time is not as easy and fun as it sounds. My 9 year old has dyslexia (although this has not been diagnosed as yet), so I realised that although he has made good progress, there is still a way to go. We are looking for a tutor for him in addition to school so that he can develop further.

We wern't inside all the time with the younger two (5 and 9) and spent time in the garden as well where their favourite game was spraying water at flies! (each to their own).

Other than that, it has been a blessing and the children have coped great with homeschooling.


DinkyDaffodil · 19/04/2021 16:35

I learned how to be more organised with my time, I became much more tech savvy, opening emails, downloading and printing worksheets, scanning and emailing to school.
I was surprised how easy it became once I got the hand of attaching a file and creating filenames which I could find on my computer - I even managed to connect the printer to my phone and print off worksheets from there .

yasmin0147 · 19/04/2021 19:31

I’ve learnt that I don’t have as much patience as I originally thought I had. That teachers do a really great job, and I’m so glad I don’t work with children. I have loved being with my kids when we didn’t have work set though, some of the work was so hard for me to teach, especially as my youngest needed attention too. Would never want to do homeschooling ever again.

1969angep · 19/04/2021 19:38

I understood first hand just how much my son prefers maths & science to English and that when he's not engaged it's ridiculously frustrating! Learning of maths seems to be a whole heap more complicated than it used to be and don't even start me on English! Fronted adverbials etc etc etc made my head implode!

vixeyann · 19/04/2021 20:32

To approach life in a more flexible way. Forcing a daily schedule that was tightly regimented didn't work best for my son. Short bursts and breaking up the day with other activities did and, working this way, meant we were both happier and stopped a negative situation. I learnt you can't always manage everything!

allthingsred · 20/04/2021 12:04

That teachers are amazing!!!
That education isn't all about sitting down in front of someone learning through experience works better for my kids.
That I'm better with technology than what I thought I was

ArabellaScott · 20/04/2021 16:59

I learned to exercise much patience and diplomacy, and enjoyed the chance to help my children with certain issues they'd previously struggled with. One to one tuition was intense, but I think it's been to the benefit of both children, although perhaps not my own work/stress levels.

hannahbjm · 21/04/2021 10:28

I learnt that I am actually not as patient as I thought i was! And what works for one of your children may not work for the other in regards to learning techniques.

bonnymiffy · 21/04/2021 13:51

I remembered that given all the career choices I could have made, being a teacher was never going to be for me, I learned I have even less patience than I thought. I loathed it with a passion, even when one (with an EHCP) was back and I only had one at home. I can't teach and do my own work at the same time (although I did get plenty of sympathy from clients who were trying to do the same)

EvilHerbivore · 21/04/2021 14:35

How resilient they are - homeschooling was difficult but they ploughed on and did their best with minimal moaning (one more than the other!)

Youdose · 21/04/2021 15:58

That curiosity based learning really is the ideal for home learning. Taking a topic they're interested in and basing learning around that makes it much easier. We spent a lot of time on the seashore so ended up doing a lot of natural history, maritime history and science based around tides, moons, different energy sources etc.

Buckingafout · 21/04/2021 16:12

I learnt that I am not the earth mother I thought I was. After all I'd seen and done as an ICU nurse in the pandemic, it was the thought of going back to home schooling that made me break down and sob.

SuzCG · 21/04/2021 16:21

I learned that children nowadays need to learn so much more about the terminology of their subjects - rather than just subject matter and also that maths is taught in such a complicated way now? I had ways of making things so much more simple and easy to understand - but apparently, these things have to be done and evidenced in certain ways!

Roomba · 21/04/2021 16:32

Absolutely - I found it difficult to meet my child's expectations of home education as I didn't start each task by informing him what the 'Learning Objective' was and I failed to advise of 'Next Steps' at the end. "You're not being like a proper teacher!" I was informed. I have a PGCE! Grin

Also the terminology for everything has changed in the years since I last taught. Subordinate Conjunctions and Fronted Adverbials were not required knowledge for seven year olds in my day.

Every task was such a faff when not in a ready prepared classroom. So much stationery, equipment, software installation and supervision was needed and my son couldn't focus for more than two minutes without asking for help.

Cotswoldmama · 21/04/2021 17:14

I agree that printing out what work I could was better than my kids staring at a screen all day and it meant they knew what was expected if them as it was there in front of them. I also wrote out a schedule on a whiteboard for each day, I tried to keep the day broken up with different activities as well as school work, but I would put it on a timetable do they knew what was expected if them that day and they could see that they might have to sit for half and hour and do some writing or maths but afterwards they would get to watch a film.

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