Home Educating Thirteenth Week

We’re now in our 13th week home educating and I haven’t written a blog post since the 6th week! I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t document the last 7 weeks, they’ve been full of ups and downs, trying out new learning techniques, establishing routines and managing my work load. It’s safe to say there have been a few wobbles too, ‘Can I do this?’, ‘What am I doing?’, ”Have I made the right decision?!’  I’ve been advised by more established home educating parents that these wobbles are normal and get easier as time goes on so I’m trying to keep that in mind…

In terms of T’s learning journey, we had another breakthrough with Maths. T liked Maths in school, (up until Y3, when his confidence started waning) he’s been working on a Y4 maths curriculum book almost daily since February, but kept avoiding doing fractions. I decided to try out Prodigy Maths, an online game, and to cut a long story short, some fraction based questions came up and  T (after a few attempts) was able to understand them and answer them correctly, which made him very happy! I’m not sure if prodigy maths do this purposefully (they probably do), but the  questions are asked using audio and lots of visuals, and I believe this is completely suits T’s learning style – a learning style I’m still learning about…

We’ve also discovered OutSchool, a wonderful website full of online classes, from art classes to virtual field trips. T chose to do one about Electricity, led by a super knowledgeable Engineer and home ed Dad of 10) based in America. I wasn’t home when he took the class, but by all accounts, T was fully engaged for the entire hour, and was joining in asking questions. He was very talkative about it when I got home, and is looking forward to signing up to more classes.  We have also implemented library visits to our weekly routine to help T focus on and work / topics without the distractions of home…the big one being our dog & DanTDM!

Overall T is much happier and a lot more content. He is enjoying his weekly climbing sessions, has advanced to the next stage in swimming and is looking forward to starting a forest school 1 day per week after the Easter holidays.  In the meantime we’re embracing my time off work and spending lots more time outdoors . This week we have been kite flying in Lytham, and walking up Rivington Pike (see instagram) and we have lots more planned for the next week!

Until then!

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