What a lovely week it’s been, me and the kids are really settling into home ed and it feels more natural day by day. We are still in the deschooling stage, which I struggled with a couple of times this week when I got my ‘stress head’ on and started thinking that the kids should be sitting down and doing some sort of structured lesson. But after a pep talk from some other home-ed mums online I calmed down and realised that I didn’t take my kids out to do ‘school at home’ I took them out so they could learn in a huge variety of ways and in different environments-exploring and living in the real world, not just sat in a classroom copying the board.
So I’m still getting my head around deschooling but I think this deschooling stage is just as important to me as it is to my children, it’s me who needs to wipe my mind clean on everything I have been brought up believing about education and school. It wasn’t that long ago when I didn’t even know what home education was! But now I see that children don’t have to be at school to learn, there are so many ways children can learn.
Here’s just a few things we’ve been up to this week, in our deschooling stage, with no plans or timetables. Just taking each day as it comes and going with the flow:
On Tuesday night me and the children watched a film called ‘The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas’, such a fantastic film set during WW2. A boy befriends another boy who is a Jew in a prisoner camp. The kids really enjoyed watching this and I had to pause it a few times to answer questions, which I was delighted to do. It turned out to be a ‘lesson’ on WW2, the Jews, The Nazis and Hitler. The children were curious and listened to me intently after the film, but I did have to stop myself going into too much detail as I saw there little faces turning to sorrow when I spoke about the horrible things which happened to the Jewish people.
On Wednesday I took the kids to a local meet up for home ed children and parents. It was a lego theme so we played with lego, did drawings and had lunch there. I really enjoyed meeting and getting to know some of the other parents.
On Wednesday evening me and the girls got out my new sketch set and tried our hand at sketching. Experimenting with all the different types of pencils and charcoals. We decided to sketch each others hands and then just random things, it was good fun.
Thursday was a messy day, Rio and Tehya helped me bake some chocolate fudge and then they wanted to bake their own version of a cake. Tehya had the pan and spoon and Rio seemed to be the ‘helper’, getting the things which Tehya needed and then having a go at mixing. Some things which went into the cake were eggs, sugar, flour and chocolate spread. Shania made one next and we baked them in the oven. They were all absolutely delighted with how the cakes turned out and ate loads saying they were the nicest cakes ever. I wondered if they would of said that if I had of baked them? 😉
These are just a few of the things we have been up to so far this week, we have also got a busy weekend ahead which I will keep you updated with. Ciao!